Food Photos at Asheville’s Best Kept Secret ATM

We have been here several times, but last night a craving arose and we raced over to eat this deliciousness. En La Calle is the place, in downtown Asheville, that is still a great little hidden spot, off the beaten path, and not much marketing except word of mouth. And now of course, my word of mouth telling you that you definitely need to make this one of your stops when you are in downtown Asheville. We had 4 courses plus dessert. And it was beyond perfect, just as our previous visits.

En La Calle Asheville Appetizer

Course 1: Croquetas de Jaiba: lump crab, pickled radishes, roasted tomato-aji limo salsa

En La Calle Asheville Ceviche

Course 2: Ceviche Trio

En La Calle Asheville Pasteles

Course 3: (this was off of the secret menu)

En La Calle Asheville Mac & Cheese

Course 4: Grilled Toulouse Sausage, serrano mac & cheese, sofrito

En La Calle Asheville Dessert

Dessert: Tres Leche Cake

Food Video: Korean Barbecue Tabletop Grilling in Asheville NC

Me and the family were hungry, so we headed to downtown Asheville and ended up having a great experience. I pulled my camera out to capture some foodie video footage, and I am glad I did.

When I first heard of Korean Barbecue, I quickly imagined pulled pork with some type of Korean barbecue sauce or something.  Not the case. By barbecue, it means grilling it, and if you want the full experience, then you should make sure you go to a Korean restaurant that has tabletop grilling. Luckily, Asheville has one. Now we have had this experience a couple of times, in China and also NYC, and each time there is something unique about each of the spots. At some Korean restaurants, you take your shoes off and you have floor seating where you sit down with some pillows around you and a table with a grill in the center.

The late Anthony Bourdain had said

“If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else’s shoes or at least eat their food. It’s a plus for everybody.”

If you live in the Asheville area, it may just be a quick ride across town to have this delicious cultural experience. I don’t know if they do reservations for the tables that have grills on top, but I would call them ahead (828) 785-1500 to see. You can also visit the Korean House website for more info.

Food Photography featuring the Continental Lounge in Downtown Asheville

There’s a new eatery in town, and after what we experienced the other day, we can definitely vouch for all of the simple deliciousness that they are serving. I was was hungry, Hurricane Florence was in the air, and I was looking for a brunch spot. The Continental Lounge is a new restaurant in downtown Asheville, we found out that they were open until 2:30, so we headed that way. Great choice! They have table service, but first you have to walk right up to the register counter, order & pay for what you initially want, find a seat; and then if you want something else, they will come to your table ring you up on their little handheld devices. We ordered a couple of Margarita slushies, and this yummy food. As usual, I pulled out my camera and took a few photos for social media, and to show you how good it was. Now you have to go, taste it, and prove me right!

Chicken Biscuit at Continental Lounge Asheville

Chicken Biscuit with home fries at the Continental Lounge in Downtown Asheville.

Biscuits & Gravy at the Continental Lounge Asheville

Biscuits & Gravy, a classic, perfectly made!

Blue Plate Special at Continental Lounge

This was the Blue Plate Special, Stuffed Savoy, filled with pork & beef, and so delish!

Fried Chicken at the Continental Lounge Asheville

This was the Fried Chicken plate, and their tried & true recipe is so good. Try this!

Key Lime Pie at Continental Lounge Asheville

This was the Key Lime Pie, not too sweet, and the perfect end to a fantastic brunch experience. You can visit the Continental Lounge website to see their full menu.