Issuu on Google+

PART ONE CAT

E H T IN

! ! ! T AC

OUT OF THE BAG!

Legendary Wampus Cat prowls for your favorites! Thousands of votes cause feline frenzy!!

“Me-WOW” – Wampus says

ALWAYS

FREE

926787

IN

WNC

62642

OCTOBER 10 - 16, 2012 | BESTOFWNC.COM

! S U P WAM R Carrie Lare SIGN MANAGE Sulock ART & DE John Zara COVER DESIGN cca be Re ll, rte Ba , y, Emily Busey EDITORS Jaye nt WRITN Nathanael Rone odes, Halima Fly LAYOUT & DESIG RAPHERS Max Cooper, Bill Rh Jen Nathan Orn, en Gl OG ten Fit OT Carrie Lare PH e Frankel, Anne Margaret Williams David Forbes, Jak Rebecca Sulock, ERS Jaye Bartell, rd, Dane Smith, era Sh le Ky k, 2 ris, Emily Patric k. Copyright 201 rtell, Emily Patric WAMPUS Jaye Ba

DON’T BE FRIGHTENED!

WAMPUS IS SIMPLY

A LEGEND AMONG LEGENDS The story of the Wampus Cat has many versions in Appalachian and Cherokee folklore. By most accounts, the creature is a half-cat, half-human who either protects the village or terrifies it. (For our purposes, we'll go with the first.) The Wampus makes its home in the mountainous wood, loves to go out at night and has been described as both lazy and “quick to rile.” Just add “has a taste for craft beer” and “rides a bike to work” and the Wampus Cat is a WNC resident in full! For the past few months, Xpress has been privy to rumors of alleged sightings and other encounters with a skulking, dapper feline with a human shadow. We dismissed such reports as variations on the Bigfoot theme. Then we received a letter to the editor (on paper, in an envelope, with a stamp), signed “Wampus.” This year's Best of WNC celebrates the region's Local Legends — the people, businesses, food, art and music that make life in the mountains a saga of absolute quality.

2

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

A MEETING OF

ICONS

It is said that legend s are born, not made. But if a legend lives mountains and no on in the e sees it, does it get its picture taken? Wi recognition, a legend thout is just an untold story, a fable. As with the my of the sculptor Pygm alion and the statue th Galatea, the story of veteen Rabbit, or the the Velokra in your garden, only love makes it rea same is so for the ann l. The ual ening valentine to you Best of WNC poll. Each vote is a little enl ivr favorite restaurant, bar, retail shop or hik trail. Read on for loc al love made real, bro ught to life through the ing work and communit har y presence of the winn ers, your votes and ano d local legend: the eve ther r-smiling, nattily dre ssed harbinger of allBest of WNC — the things Wampus Cat.

SPECIAL THANK S TO

HF!

THE COSTUME S = HALL OF FAMER S FOUR STRAIGHT WINS

HOPPE

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

3

S T A E

EW BEST N T (TIE) RAN RESTAU

FAUX PAW

PLANT

WAMPUS SEEN USING SALAD FORK FOR HIS ENTREE!

BAKERY (SAVORY)

HF!

1. CITY BAKERY 88 CHARLOTTE ST. AND 60 BILTMORE AVE. 254-4289 AND 252-4426 CITYBAKERY.NET

make your mornJust thinking about City Bakery will n to any one of dow ling ing better. Think about amb up a soft, buttery pick to cafés ral seve ry’s bake the cheese, maybe with biscuit covered in melted cheddar 10, thinking about to 1 of scale a On a slice of tomato. from a 3.5 to a 7, ning mor this biscuit will take your thinking about it, just of ad inste , Then it. Try . least at actually eat one. It's a 10. — E. P.

2. WEST END BAKERY 757 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-9378 WESTENDBAKERY.COM 3. WELL-BRED BAKERY AND CAFÉ 26 N. MAIN ST., WEAVERVILLE 828645-9300 WELL-BREDBAKERY.COM 4 6

2012 BEST OF WNC

“WHAT AM I, AN ARISTO-CAT?”

BAKERY (SWEETS)

HF!

1. CITYB AKERY 88 CHARLOTTE ST. AND 60 BILTMORE AVE. 254-4289 AND 252-4426 CITYBAKERY.NET City Bakery also offers the official baked sweet-tooth fix of Xpress readers. City Bakery's pastry case boasts bear claws, gigantic oatmeal cookies and fruit tarts. Fortunately, they keep the goods behind glass. Otherwise, we might be tempted to throw ourselves into the midst of all those sugary delights. — E.P.

2. WEST END BAKERY 757 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-9378 WESTENDBAKERY.COM 3. SHORT STREET CAKES 225 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-4822 SHORTSTREETCAKES.COM

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

BARBECUE

HF!

1. 12 BONES SMOKEHOUSE 5 DRIVE AND 3578 SWEETEN CRRIVERSIDE 253-4499 AND 687-1395 12BOEEK ROAD NES.COM Lon

g ago in Appalachia, mou ntain men and women smoked spice-rubbed mea t until it fell off the bone and then pulled, chopped and sauced these viands while the aroma rose from the kitchen and spread the news to din ers who formed a line at the kitc hen door. Turns out, not mu ch has changed. 12 Bones Smo kehouse still serves the smo ked staples of old from their hid eaway in the River Arts Dis trict and their second location in Arden. — E.P.

2. LUELLA'S BAR-B-QUE 501 ME AVE. 505-7427 LUELLASBARB RRIMON EQUE.COM 3. MOE'S ORIGINAL BBQ 4 SW ROAD 505-8282 MOESORIGINAEETEN CREEK LBBQ.COM

Thank You WNC, we love you too!

Award Winning

breakfast

Breakfast Lunch Dinner ay :

8 : 3 0 am - 9 : 0

0p

m

nd

Su

Tu

es

da

y–

Sa

t

d ur

ay

& Mo n day : 8 : 3 0 a m

30 - 2:

pm

Sunny Point Café

6 2 6 H aywo o d Ro a d , W e st A s h e v ill e , N C 828-252-0055

sunnypointcafe.com

Thank You for Voting us Among the Best! –Underhill Rose

See you Wednesday, Oct. 17 at the Grey Eagle www.underhillrose.com mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

5

Now Serving Liquor, Wine & Beer!

BEST SErviCE 1. CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 239-2946 CuraTETaPaSBar.COm

100% Locally sourced all natural ingredients

RIDE YOUR BIKE GET 10% OFF!

$3 LUNCH TACOS!

Looking in the large plate-glass windows from Biltmore Avenue, Cúrate always appears bustling. But inside, time slows down. The chefs and the wait staff work hard to create an environment that encourages diners to take time to linger and order tapas a couple at a time. The wait staff observes without intruding. Your wine glass will always be full, even if you don't notice the server pouring you another. — E.P.

828-255-8681 • 697 Haywood Rd

In Burgermeister Plaza • Outside seating bandidosburritosasheville.com

LATIN FUSION

2. PlaNT 165 mErrimON avE. 258-7500 PlaNTiSFOOd.COm

Open House

3. COrNErk iTChEN 3 BOSTON Way 274-2439 ThECOrNErkiTChEN.COm

Healthcare ReformED

Friday, October 19 4:30 - 6:30pm

3. rEzaz 28 hENdErSONvillE rOad 277-1510 rEzaz.COm

Complimentary Demonstrations Door Prizes • Appetizers

BrEad

Source for Well-Being extends its warmest gratitude to its clients and community for voting us

#1 Best Alternative Healing Center in WNC

1. CiTy BakEry 88 CharlOTTE ST. aNd 60 BilTmOrE avE. 254-4289aNd 252-4426 CiTyBakEry.NET

3rd Time Winner

411 West State St., Black Mountain, NC 28711

www.sourceforwellbeing.com • 828.669.8800

Because the loaves taste and feel so simple and right, it’s possible to overlook the magnitude of City Bakery's bread-based enterprise, which supplies about 30 area restaurants and grocery stores. Each loaf tastes as if it were baked just for you and, in a way, it was. Every ball of dough — some 1,200 pounds’ worth — is hand-shaped daily. — E.P.

ART, SCIENCE, AND A WHOLE LOT OF ADVANCED DENTAL give you a beautiful, TRAINING… To youthful smile

2. Farm & SParrOW 633-0584 FarmaNdSParrOW.COm

AshevilleSmileMaker.com In Office Procedures

3. WEST ENd BakEry 757 hayWOOd rOad 252-9378 WESTENdBakEry.COm

•General Dentistry •Cosmetic •Implants •Invisalign •Dentures •Root Canals •Extracting •Veneers & Crowns About the Doctor

BrEakFaST

Dr. Pamela Putman completed the requirements and has been awarded a fellowship in the Academy of General Dentistry. She has demonstrated an exceptional interest in responsible patient care. Only about 3% of dentists Dr. Pamela Putman DMD, FAGD are awarded this honor. That is why the best man for the job may just be a woman.

Now accepting New Patients. Call for appointment

Merrimon Ave.

CVS

New Stock ock Rd Rd. I-26

2012 BEST OF WNC

Ingles

6

AshevilleSmileMaker.com

Exit 21

AN-0000311743

645-3797

Aidken Rd.

200 New Stock Rd. Asheville, NC 28804 Exit 21 off I-26

Aidken Rd.

Dr. Pamela Putman DMD, FAGD

hF!

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

hF!

1. SuNNy POiNT CaFé 626 hayWOOd rOad 252-0055 SuNNyPOiNTCaFE.COm Do you believe that Sunny Point could not possibly be any better? Try eating it with a spoon. Get the huevos rancheros with avocado and perfect tomatillo salsa. Squeeze Imladris Farm jam over your lightly sweetened biscuit. Use the spoon and the squeeze bottle because these are instruments of love for some seriously lovable food. And best of all, breakfast is not just for breakfast: Sunny Point serves it at dinnertime, too. — E.P.

3. TuPElO hONEy CaFé 12 COllEgE ST. aNd 1829 hENdErSONvillE rOad 255-4863 aNd 5057676 TuPElOhONEyCaFE.COm 3. OvEr EaSy CaFé 32 BrOadWay ST. 236-3533 OvErEaSyaShEvillE.COm

BurgEr

hF!

1. BurgErmEiSTEr'S 697 hayWOOd rOad 225-2920 BurgErmEiSTErS.COm So Burgermeister’s serves your favorite burger, do they? Oh yeah? Which one? We'd like to see you choose a patty from among the bounty of patties: beef, bison, turkey, chicken breast, veggie and organic tofu. We'd like to see you choose your toppings from one of more than a dozen special burgers. Most of all, though, we'd like to choose a burger ourselves. We would probably pick the Jamaican Jerk Burger, with its hot peppers and jerk spices, and a side of beet slaw. — E.P.

2. uNivErSalJ OiNT 784 hayWOOd rOad 505-7262 uJOiNTBar.COm/aShEvillE.hTml 3. FivE guyS BurgErS aNd FriES 1838 hENdErSONvillE rOad 277-3894 FivEguyS.COm

BurriTO

hF!

1. mamaCiTa'S 77-a BilTmOrE avE. 255-8080 mamaCiTaSgrill.COm Mamacita's will make you a mega-burrito. Did you pick too many fillings? They're not shy about using two tortillas to make sure you get all the rolled-up goodness you wanted. There are plenty of traditional and unusual fixings to choose from on the California-style menu, including quinoa, red rice, kale, mashed sweet potatoes, citrus-marinated chicken and slow-roasted pulled pork. If you somehow exhaust the seemingly endless combinations of fillings, the specials offer something new. — E.P.

2. NEO BurriTO 1341 ParkWOOd rOad #107 225-4101 NEOBurriTO.COm 2. urBaNB urriTO 640 mErrimON avE. 251-1921 urBaNBurriTO.COm

3. PaPa’S aNd BEEr variOuS lOCaTiONS, iNCludiNg 17 TuNNEl rOad aNd 1996 2. Early girl EaTEry 8 Wall ST. hENdErSONvillE rOad 259-9292 EarlygirlEaTEry.COm 255-2204aNd684-4882

! T S E B E H T E R ’ U YO Thanks to the thousands of Mountain Xpress readers who voted in this year’s Best of WNC reader survey! And thanks to the thousands who also told us a bit about yourselves, so we have a better idea of who we’re talking to! HERE’S SOME OF WHAT WE LEARNED ABOUT YOU, DEAR READERS: • You are, by and large, an active bunc h: Mountain Xpress readers love to eat out, work out and play out(side). • Your favorite parts of Xpress are, in order: Arts & Entertainment, News, the Calendar, Cranke Hanke and News of the Weird/Real Astrology. • Two out of three of you are under 50, and every third one of you is 50 or over. Almost three-fifths of you have household incomes over $40,000, and two-fifths have hous ehold incomes below $40,000. And hooray to 25 lucky respondents — whose names we picked from the proverbial hat (we used a random number generator). You each won a gift certificate to the merchant of your choice: Rosetta’s Kitchen, Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse, Harvest Reco rds or Habitat for Humanity ReStore. Your certificates are in the mail .

Kendra Powell

THE WINNERS ARE:

Kenneth Joyner Joe Terry Libby Struik Jenn Pillow Cori Griffin Stephen Eggett Diane Rousseau Jason Lydic David Bauer ME Gray

APOLLO FLAME - Hall of Fame Winner -

Voted best greek restaurant fifteen straight years!

Thank You

Please accept our appreciation & sincere thanks for letting us serve you for the past 25 years. Sometimes in the rush of business we fail to say “Thanks” loud enough. But be sure your patronage is never taken for granted, our aim is to Please & Satisfy you. “To Serve You Is A Real Privilege.” Thanks, John & Susan Poulos

Don Goode Lorey Taylor Clint Douthitt Bill Evans Lynette Mills Gloria Strickland Jodie Blalock …and seven others who wished to remain anonymous

Best Quality, Best Prices, Best Food, Best Service

HOURS: 11 AM - 10 PM MONDAY THRU SATURDAY 1025 Brevard Rd 485 Hendersonville Rd In the Forrest Edge Shopping Ctr

274-3582

In the Centre At Biltmore Square

665-0080

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

7

LOAFING ON THE JOB!

INDUSTRIOUS WAMPUS RACKS UP THE HOURS

“IT’S GOOD DOUGH, AND THE APRON MAKES MY BUNS LOOK GOOD!” AKERY BEST B & SWEET) Y (SAVOR T BREAD S BE

CITY BAKERY

CATERER

HF!

1. LAUREY'S GOURMET COMFORT FOOD 67 BILTMORE AVE. 252-1500 LAUREYSYUM.COM

After 25 years in catering, Laurey's is an Asheville institution. Owner Laurey Masterton calls her fare “casual, gourmet comfort food”; Asheville calls it the best, year after year. Laurey's understands that there's a time for sage-roasted beef tenderloin, just as there's a time for fried chicken. Consider that culinary wisdom, along with the professional and friendly demeanor of the staff and the bright Biltmore Avenue storefront, and Laurey's long-standing success is an easy win. — E.P.

2. RED RADISH 107 BLACK MOUNTAIN AVE., BLACK MOUNTAIN 669-5100 REDRADISH.COM 3. ARTISAN CATERING & DELI 1020 MERRIMON AVE. AND 1390 SAND HILL ROAD, CANDLER 225-7727 AND 665-3800 ARTISANCATERING.NET 8

2012 BEST OF WNC

CHEAP LUNCH

CHINESE

1. WHITE DUCK TACO SHOP 1 ROBERTS ST. 258-1660 WHITEDUCKTACOSHOP.COM

1. DOC CHEY'S NOODLE HOUSE 37 BILTMORE AVE. 252-8220 DOCCHEY’S.COM

White Duck Taco Shop makes a great taco at a great value. For a few dollars, the Thai peanut chicken taco or the Bangkok shrimp taco can be yours. But do you really want to make it a “cheap lunch” when you could add a taco with roasted duck confit and mole, a side of watermelon with mint, a bowl of cowboy beans, a slice of coconut macaroon pie and a housemade margarita? Skip the cheap lunch if you can. Go for the big spread. — E.P.

Doc Chey's gets veggies. The broccoli is crisp. The carrots are crunchy. The onions are punchy. The eggplant is slightly overdone, the way everyone likes it, even if they won't admit it. The Chinese Black Bean noodle bowl will not disappoint. At Doc Chey's, noodles are noodles and vegetables are vegetables, and that's a beautiful thing. — E.P.

2. MAMACITA'S 77-A BILTMORE AVE. 255-8080 MAMACITASGRILL.COM

2. ASIANA GRAND BUFFET 1968 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 654-8879 ASIANAGB.COM

3. HOMEGROWN 371 MERRIMON AVE. 232-4340 SLOWFOODRIGHTQUICK.COM 3. CHAIP ANI 22 BATTERY PARK AVE. 254-4003 CHAIPANI.NET

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

3. ORIENTAL PAVILION 48 WESTGATE PARKWAY 236-3839 ORIENTALPAVILION.COM

thanks asheville!

for voting us #1

chocolate!

m-th 11-11, fr-sat 11-midnight 10 s lexington ave., asheville

828.252.4181

Thank you for voting us one of the best in the region! Please come visit us in beautiful Yancey County. We’re located on Burnsville’s Historic Town Square — just 40 minutes from Asheville. Serving NY deli style sandwiches, extravagant salads, and much more since 1987. Celebrating our 25th year! Excellent wine selection, bottled beer, and 6 taps of the finest most highly rated craft beer available.

OPEN FOR LUNCH Monday – Saturday, 11-2, AND DINNER Thurs, Fri, and Sat. 5-8

garden-deli.com like us on facebook (828) 682-3946

Just North of Downtown Asheville 70 Merrimon Avenue • 828.254.5440 wholefoodsmarket.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

9

Thanks, Asheville, for voting us as one of the best for chocolate! We Make Our Own Chocolates, Gelato and more… (828) 505-8596 • chocgems.com

25 Broadway St., Asheville Between Wasabi and Sazerac

ChOCOlaTE 1. FrENCh BrOad ChOCOlaTE lOuNgE 10 S. lEXiNgTON avE. 252-4181 FrENChBrOadChOCOlaTES.COm

Even on Monday nights when downtown is a bit quieter, a crowd forms around French Broad Chocolate Lounge. It's an evening out, whether you like the live music (on weekends) or the cozy second-floor seating, or some of both. And then there's the chocolate in most every imaginable form: truffles and sipping chocolate and

diNEr / hOmE-STylE 1. hOmEgrOWN 371 mErrimON avE. 232-4340 SlOWFOOdrighTQuiCk.COm

On each table at HomeGrown, there's a printed a message: “HomeGrown loves you.” And it's true: As soon as you walk in the door, the Noah's Ark quilt, the chockfull chalkboard and the view of the spotless kitchen send a message of the restaurant's affection for its diners. There's love in the food, too: The special smoked trout and peaches taste like a treat dreamed up just for you by a friend. The mac and

Bama-Style BBQ & Brews Charming Patio • Haul it Home Packs Special Event Catering

Bluegrass Every Sunday 4–8pm Wing and Beer Specials

Thank you to the good people who grew the food, cooked the food, served the food.

ThAnk you A shevegA s! Gratefully, Greg, Miki, Charlie & Magnolia

371 Merrimon Ave.

slowfoodrightquick.com

10

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

EurOPEaN (OThEr ThaN iTaliaN) 1. BOuChON 62 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 350-1140 aShEvillEBOuChON.COm Get an education at Bouchon. It's a place where you can find out wonderful things, such as the precise number of mussels you can eat on all-you-can-eat mussels nights (Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays). With great cooking in the French style —

FavOriTE rESTauraNT 1. ThE admiral 400 hayWOOd rOad 252-2541 ThEadmiralNC.COm It takes serious cojones to change a menu as frequently as the chefs do at The Admiral. For a lesser restaurant, the lack of consistency could be troublesome, but at the Admiral, the chefs' consistency is in their execution, not in their particular menu items. Diners make reservations weeks in advance because they expect high-quality,

generous slices of cake with varying levels of sweetness for every palate. Plus, they offer great wines, local beers and desserts without chocolate — such as cakes sweetened with maple syrup and shortbread cookies — so everyone finds something in which to indulge. — E.P.

2. ThE ChOCOlaTE FETiSh 36 hayWOOd ST. 258-2353 ChOCOlaTEFETiSh.COm 3. ChOCOlaTE gEmS 25 BrOadWay ST. 505-8596 ChOCgEmS.COm

cheese bites taste so familiar that their decadence seems quite healthy. Finish it off with a cookie ice cream sandwich, and feel the love. — E.P.

2. mOOSE CaFE 570 BrEvard rOad 255-0920 EaTaTThEmOOSECaFE.COm 3. Early girl EaTEry 8 Wall ST. 259-9292 EarlygirlEaTEry.COm 3. FivE POiNTS rESTauraNT 258 BrOadWay ST. 252-8030

spicy and tender steak au poivre, almondcrusted trout and generously saffron-seasoned bouillabaisse — Bouchon is both an important part of Asheville's culinary world and a cultural asset, from the menu items to the live music that drifts through the back patio. — E.P.

2. CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 239-2946 CuraTETaPaSBar.COm 3. zamBra 85-a WalNuT ST. 232-1060 zamBraTaPaS.COm

creative (but not showy) fare, and that's what they get. — E.P.

2. CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 239-2946 CuraTETaPaSBar.COm 3. PlaNT 165 mErrimON avE. 258-7500 PlaNTiSFOOd.COm 3. mEla 70 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 225-8880 mElaaShEvillE.COm

WASABI Japanese Restaurant & Sushi Bar

Brought to you By the owners of IchIBan Japanese s teakhouse

THANKS WINNER! ASHEVILLE! BEST

JAPANESE RESTAURANT

2010

2011

2012

Thanks for voting us one of the Best Latin restaurants in 2012!

WINNER! BEST SUSHI 2005-2009

2011-2012 Open 7 days for Lunch & Dinner 1 9 B r oa dw a y • d ownt own • 2 2 5 - 2 5 5 1

Now renovated and expanded– New Hibachi Grill Party Rooms! Located near Biltmore Village in Biltmore station

Updated Spring Menu & Wine List and... Plenty of outdoor seating! come taste the flavors of the mountains

modestonc.com Grove Arcade 828.225.4133

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

11

INSIDER SCOOP

FOOD TRUCK 1. GYPSY QUEEN CUISINE (SEE WEBSITE FOR DAILY LOCATIONS) 242-2814 GYPSYQUEENCUISINE.COM

1. THE HOP ICE CREAM CAFÉ 640 MERRIMON AVE. #103 AND 721 HAYWOOD ROAD 254-2224AND2525155 THEHOPICECREAMCAFE.COM

Fried cauliflower is a thing, and it belongs in the upper echelons of fried things, right up there with chicken and potatoes. Suzy Phillips of Gypsy Queen Cuisine knows the best time for fried cauliflower is now, so she brings it on wheels. Of course, the truck is a veritable cornucopia of Lebanese street-food delights. Just ordering the Yum Yum Wrap is a treat: It's a beautiful exchange when two consenting adults can say “Yum Yum” to one another. — E.P.

2. EL KIMCHI (SEE TWITTER PAGE FOR DAILY LOCATIONS) TWITTER.COM/EL_KIMCHI

THE BEST BEGS FOR A CLOSER LOOK

3. THE LOWDOWN FOOD TRUCK (SEE WEBSITE FOR DAILY LOCATIONS) 707-6929 THELOWDOWNFOODTRUCK.COM

1. YOLO FROZEN YOGURT 505 MERRIMON AVE. 255-4515 YOLOFROYO.COM

WALKABOUT

3. INDIAG ARDEN 80 S. TUNNEL ROAD 298-5001 INDIAGARDENONLINE.COM

HF!

ITALIAN

H BLUE “THIS TOWN IS TOO MUC

” AND NOT ENOUGH GRASS

2. POMODOROS GREEK AND ITALIAN CAFÉ 1070 TUNNEL ROAD 299-3032 POMODOROSCAFE.COM 3. STONEY KNOB CAFÉ 337 MERRIMON AVE., WEAVERVILLE 645-3309 STONEYKNOBCAFE.COM 12

2012 BEST OF WNC

The little things at Mela go a long way. The naan comes straight from their tandoor oven with the perfect ratio of fluff to char. The dal gets a decadent, creamy upgrade. If you're lucky enough to catch it as a special, the lime pickle — a humble pot of jelly — will knock you out of your seat, it’s so tangy and delicious. And best of all, for $11 at lunch, all-youcan-eat goodness and a local pint await. — E.P.

2. CHAIP ANI 22 BATTERY PARK AVE. 254-4003 CHAIPANI.NET

3. YA YA'S FROZEN YOGURT 27 SCHENCK PARKWAY, SUITE 130 676-2336 YAYASYOGURT.COM

After more than 20 years in business, Apollo Flame Bistro has developed a solid recipe for a restaurant. With two locations, they bring their emphasis on good food at affordable prices to Hendersonville Road as well as Brevard Road. “The Big Fat Greek Platter” with lamb, chicken, meatballs, Greek salad and tzatziki sauce for $8.25? Yes, please. — E.P.

HF!

1. MELA 70 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 225-8880 MELAASHEVILLE.COM 225-

3. TUTTI FRUTTI 2270 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD, SUITE 5 654-0016 TFYOGURT.COM

1. APOLLO FLAME BISTRO 485 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD AND 1025 BREVARD ROAD 274-3582AND665-0080 APOLLOFLAMEBISTRO.NET

2. ULTIMATE ICE CREAM 1070 TUNNEL ROAD AND 197 CHARLOTTE ST. 296-1234AND258-1515 ULTIMATEICECREAMASHEVILLE.COM

INDIAN

Self-serve is a little naughty: You can have as much as you want of whatever you want. But the beauty of YoLo is that you can justify the decadence of the experience with the knowledge that your yogurt is low-fat and organic, and the toppings come from nearby producers, such as Sugar Momma's Cookies and Jack's Nut Butters. — E.P.

GREEK

Slurping down an ice cream at The Hop will take you back to 1957 when Danny and the Juniors were singing the glories of “record hop” dances, and polysorbate and sodium benzoate were just a bunch of chemistry mumbo-jumbo that had nothing to do with ice cream. But The Hop is better than 1957 because Greg and Ashley Garrison bring us current with beer ice cream, goat milk ice cream and frozen treats for vegans, all without any mumbo-jumbo. — E.P.

3. MARBLE SLAB CREAMERY BILTMORE AVE. 225-5579 14 BILT MARBLESLAB.COM

FROZEN YOGURT / CUSTARD

2. TCBY 5 WESTGATE PARKWAY AND 1800 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 225-5111 AND 274-1100 TCBY.COM

ICE CREAM

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

1. VINNIE'S NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN 641 MERRIMON AVE. 253-1077 VINNIESITALIAN.COM When a dish is just right, sometimes a problem arises: Everyone in your family or group of friends orders the same thing every time you visit the restaurant, and you all feel boring. But at Vinnie's, that kind of relationship with your favorite Italian comfort food is encouraged. They serve their pastas and specialties family-style. They dish out enough for three, so your group can experience the fun of sharing — or alternatively, you can eat a whole lot all by yourself. — E.P.

2. NONA MIA RITROVO 1050 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-8315 NONAMIARITROVO.COM 3. CÚCINA2 4 24 WALL ST. 254-6170 CUCINA24RESTAURANT.COM

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

13

REEMS CREEK NURSERY & LANDSCAPING

Thank you for voting us one of the

Best Garden Centers in WNC! 70 Monticello Rd Weaverville, NC 28787 828-645-3937 www.reemscreek.com

Thanks, Western North Carolina,

YOU’RE the Best!

JAPANESE

HF!

1. WASABI 19 BROADWAY ST. 225-2551 WASABIASHEVILLE.COM For the past seven years, Xpress readers have granted the gold to Wasabi, either for the restaurant’s sushi or its Japanese eats. With sushi for purists and authentic Japanese dishes, as well as hibachi and fare for the less-adventurous, Wasabi offers every downtown diner a special dish. If you know the yam noodles, the agedashi tofu and the Dragon Roll, you probably already love

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT

HF!

1. ASHEVILLE PIZZA AND BREWING COMPANY 675 MERRIMON AVE. 254-1281 ASHEVILLEBREWING.COM

A Unique Farm to Fork Experience:

Thanks for Voting!

Innovative southern cuisine with a local backbone & home-grown libations

Thanks for voting FLPH the

#2 Best Restaurant 2012!

We have had a great first year and look forward to being your #1 in 2013!

FROGS LEAP PUBLIC HOUSE 44 Church Street Downtown Waynesville 828-456-1930 . FROGSLEAPPUBLICHOUSE.COM

The Merrimon Avenue Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company feels like a playground for adults, but best of all, kids love it too.

LATE-NIGHT

HF!

1. ROSETTA'S KITCHEN 116 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 2320738 ROSETTASKITCHEN.COM

Rosetta's generates its own momentum: Even as they serve food long after the sun goes down (and almost until it comes up again on the weekends), they've found a way to provide low-cost meals to the needy, expand to UNCA and distribute their own line of veggie burgers. To accomplish all that, Rosetta Starshine and her staff must be eating right. It's a good thing they share their tempeh Reuben, cornbread and greens, spicy kimchee and barbecued portobello

LATIN AMERICAN (OTHER THAN MEXICAN) 1. SALSA'S 6 PATTON AVE. 2529805 SALSAS-ASHEVILLE.COM

Patton AvEven on drizzly Friday nights on collects ims pilgr ted devo of p grou enue, a Pack near ing build w around the bright yello They are ary. culin is tion devo r Thei re. Squa Caribwaiting for Salsa's, where they know the inbean flavors will warm them up from notice t don' they d, ihoo likel all In side out. or Hect chef of ming the rain. They're drea ado and avoc , tains plan s, bean ired -insp Diaz

14

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

them. If not, try these great eats on Wasabi's semi-enclosed Broadway Street patio, and add tempura bananas for dessert. — E.P.

2. ZEN SUSHI 640 MERRIMON AVE. # 205 225-6033 ZEN-SUSHI-ASHEVILLE.COM 2. GREEN TEA SUSHI 2 REGENT PARK BLVD. 252-8300 GREENTEASUSHI.COM 3. HEIWA SHOKUDO 87 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 254-7761 HEIWASHOKUDO.COM And why wouldn't they? It's got all the essentials in one place: pizza, movies and a giant space ship. And for $3 a movie ticket, their friends can come along, too. — E.P.

2. MELLOW MUSHROOM 50 BROADWAY ST. 236-9800 MELLOWMUSHROOM.COM 3. VINNIE'S NEIGHBORHOOD ITALIAN 641 MERRIMON AVE. 253-1077 VINNIESITALIAN.COM

with the rest of Asheville. With their encouragement, we might try to accomplish as much. — E.P.

2. 51 GRILL 51 MERRIMON AVE. 258-1670 51GRILL.COM 3. STORM RHUM BAR 125 S. LEXINGTON AVE. #103-A 5058560 STORMRHUMBAR.COM 3. THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN & BAR 41 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 251-1777 SOUTHERNKITCHENANDBAR.COM the bright rice all mixed together beneath E.P. — egg. fried a of sun

2. TOMATO COCINA LATINA 70 WESTGATE PARKWAY 254-5046 TOMATOCL.COM 3. CHORIZO GROVE ARCADE 350-1332 CHORIZO-ASHEVILLE.COM 3. LIMONES 13 EAGLE ST. 252-2327 LIMONESRESTAURANT.COM

Voted one of the BEST child care centers in WNC!

Thanks for putting us back on top!

#1 COFFEE SHOP

coffee bar

190 Broadway, Suite 102, Asheville

828.398-0209

Mon.–Fri. 7am–8pm Sat./Sun. 7:30am–8pm

From all of us at Blue Mountain we are deeply appreciative of your vote of confidence in our restaurant.

2nd Place Best Restaurant 3nd Place Best Neighborhood Gathering Place (for Weaverville / Woodfin)

Blue Mountain Pizza • 55 N Main Street • Weaverville NC 28787 828.658.8778 • www.bluemountainpizza.com mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

15

N urOPEa BEST E uraNT rESTa

ON

BOuCh

SaCrEBlEu! rOué ON ThE ruE!

THE SECRET LIFE OF A BON VIVANT “hE aTE hiS WEighT iN CamEmBErT,” WaiTEr SayS

mEXiCaN 1. PaPa’S aNd BEEr variOuS lOCaTiONS, iNCludiNg 17 TuNNEl rOad aNd 1996 hEN 2 dErSONvillE rOad 255-2204 aNd 684-488

are potatoes. But Papa’s In Mexico, papas are not fathers. They can take your actual you e wher place y home a is and Beer simple things like the of ty beau the ds papa, who understan a giant Dos Eqenjoy can he , potatoes and beer. Once there beans and self-serve uis, a massive portion of tacos and pinto on his birthday. — E.P. salsa, and he can even wear a sombrero

2. mamaCiTa'S 77-a BilTmOrE avE. 255-8080 mamaCiTaSgrill.COm d 3. OlE’S guaCamOlES 1235 TuNNEl rOa Om ES.C mOl aCa 298-0733 OlESgu 3. la CarrETa 1916 hENdErSONvillE rOad aNd 100 mErrimON avE. 651-4462 aNd 225-4006

16

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

120 Coxe Ave. Suite 3A • Asheville, NC 828-225-1904 • www.onecenteryoga.com

I am honored to be voted Best Yoga teacher of WNC for 2012. Thank you. Please join me for classes at One Center Yoga. photo by Deborah Tobias

“We at One Center Yoga are dedicated to the practice and teaching of yoga for overall health, including strength and flexibility of body, clarity of mind, and generosity of spirit.”

— Namaste, Cindy Dollar

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US ONE OF THE BEST PIZZAS IN ASHEVILLE! Proudly Serving WNC for over 18 years.

946 Merrimon Ave. N. Asheville • 285-0709

1854 Hendersonville Rd. S. Asheville • 277-0004

marcos-pizzeria.com

A Special Congratulations to Asheville Pizza & Brewing Company! mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

17

NEW RESTAURANT (OPENED IN THE LAST 12 MONTHS) 1. PLANT 165 MERRIMON AVE. 258-7500 PLANTISFOOD.COM 1. WEST ASHEVILLE LOUNGE AND KITCHEN 401 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-7928 WALKAVL.COM

LOVE YOUR LOCAL

The crowd at Plant is difficult to describe. On a given day, you might see a group of college students, a table of ladies who lunch or even Congressman Dennis Kucinich and family. As Xpress readers know, the clientele varies because Plant offers something for everyone, even though they serve only vegan foods. Chef Jason Sellers plays up the plantbased components of traditional flavor combinations to create dishes that are at once familiar and exciting. Plant doesn't overwhelm diners with the merits of a vegan diet; the restaurant simply serves

1. POSANA CAFÉ 1 BILTMORE AVE. 505-3969 POSANACAFE.COM Chef/owner Peter Pollay says he tried not to publicize Posana's gluten-free menu during his first three years in business. He wanted to prove to the restaurant world that gluten-free doesn't mean limited, and he has succeeded. One taste of the ricotta gnocchi, the noodle bowl or

OTHER ASIAN 1. DOC CHEY'S NOODLE HOUSE 37 BILTMORE AVE. 252-8220 DOCCHEYS.COM

When it comes to Asian food, Doc Chey's has it all. We think this smorgasbord of Eastern delights must have been what garnered so much attention from Xpress readers this year. Fusion dishes inspired by the cuisines of Thailand, Japan, China, Mongolia and Vietnam grace the menu.

2012 BEST OF WNC

Take your out-of-town friends to WALK and tell them it's been around for years. They'll believe you. The new restaurant has the feel of a well-established community fixture where people come to share neighborhood news, see familiar faces and shoot some pool. Plus, they have a strong selection of accessible staples and a rotating cast of creative, seasonal specials that might take a lesser restaurant years to develop. And Taco Tuesdays? A local institution at this point. — E.P.

2. STONEBOWL KOREAN 1987 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 676-2172 2. STRADA 27 BROADWAY ST. 348-8448 STRADAASHEVILLE.COM 3. JUICY LUCY’S BURGER BAR AND GRILL 620 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 277-0355 JUICYLUCYSBURGERBARANDGRILL.COM

advertise@mountainx.com

OPTIONS FOR SPECIAL DIETS (GLUTEN-FREE, LACTOSE-FREE, ETC.)

18

great food from its chic open kitchen.

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

the Brasstown Beef burger will leave you saying, “Wheat? What's wheat?” — E.P.

2. PLANT 165 MERRIMON AVE. 258-7500 PLANTISFOOD.COM 2. ROSETTA'S KITCHEN 116 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 2320738 ROSETTASKITCHEN.COM 3. LAUGHING SEED CAFÉ 40 WALL ST. 252-3445 LAUGHINGSEED.COM

Best of all, the Asheville Doc Chey's franchise uses ingredients from local Hickory Nut Gap Farm and Asheville Salmon Co. — E.P.

2. STONE BOWL KOREAN RESTAURANT 1987 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 676-2172 3. SUWANA'S THAI ORCHID 11 BROADWAY ST. 281-8151 SUWANASTHAIORCHID.COM

! e l l i v e h s A k c o r u Yo

Turner g Brittany n ti o v r fo ner Thanks phic Desig ra G C N W htier! #1 Best of even mig g n a Tw g in and mak

branding • advertising • marketing • social media

828.333.9596

twangcreative.com

sophisticated scratch-made food from the earth

Thanks asheville for voTing PlanT

“besT of”

in six caTegories!

Photo by Nathan Metcalf

165 merrimon avenue • (828) 258-7500 • www.plantisfood.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

19

OUTDOOR DINING

voting us as one of the best Thanlkls forin Mitchell & Yancey Counties! to a 828.765.4583 • 585 OAK AVE • SPRUCE PINE • www.drycountybrewing.com

Yoga Sutra Immersion NOVEMBER 9 – 11

1. UNIVERSAL JOINT 784 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-7262 UJOINTBAR.COM/ASHEVILLE.HTML A mountain breeze is a fantastic condiment, and while no one has figured out how to bottle it yet, Universal Joint's burgers and beers benefit from the way the fresh air wafts over them just before diners dig in. Their large porch and retractable garage door convert the entire space into an openair mecca. If it's not packed with happily munching Xpress readers, the patio is a fan-

PIZZA

HF!

1. ASHEVILLE PIZZA AND BREWING COMPANY 675 MERRIMON AVE. AND 77 COXE AVE. 2541281 AND 255-4077 ASHEVILLEBREWING.COM Anyone can make a pizza: You can find them in convenience stores and cafeterias as well as upscale cafés. But not everyone can perfect the balance of crust and sauce and cheese and toppings. Asheville Pizza and Brewing has mastered this art, and offers an abundance of toppings, including SPAM. Best of all, there's no judgment when it comes to topping combinations.

Thanks Xpress readers for voting us one of the BEST Thai restaurants in WNC!

PUBGRUB 1. JACK OF THE WOOD 95 PATTON AVE. 252-5445 JACKOFTHEWOOD.COM

Thai Basil Authentic Fine Thai Cuisine Asheville – Black Mountain Asheville: 828-258-0036 Black Mountain: 828-664-4322 www.thaibasilnc.com

MICHAEL & STEPHANIE JOHNSON

www.clearlightyoga.com

What is this Scotch egg? Is it the mysterious creation of some rare mountain bird, part British, part Appalachian, that produces such a delicacy? Surely, the egg is too perfectly soft-boiled and too judiciously coated in fried sausage and bread crumbs to be the product of human hands. Does it exist, this mythical Scotch-egg-laying bird,

tastic place to stretch out and spend the afternoon with whatever great beer they're selling as a $3 special. Take your dog. Take your friends. Xpress readers have spoken: The restaurant's attraction is — dare we say — universal. — E.P.

2. THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR 41 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 251-1777 SOUTHERNKITCHENANDBAR.COM 3. MELLOW MUSHROOM 50 BROADWAY ST. 236-9800 MELLOWMUSHROOM.COM

Get your pineapple and anchovies, your basil and jalapeños. At Asheville Pizza and Brewing, it's all about the pie … and beer ... and hula-hooping. — E.P.

2. MARCO'S PIZZERIA 946 MERRIMON AVE. AND 1854 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 285-0709 AND 277-0004 MARCOS-PIZZERIA.COM 3. CIRCLE IN THE SQUARE 640 MERRIMON AVE. AND 12 BILTMORE AVE. 254-5442 AND 225-5554 CIRCLEINTHESQUAREPIZZA.COM or is the magic of the Scotch egg a culinary sort, known only to the cooks at Jack of the Wood? Xpress readers know it’s part of the satisfying pub food meant to be washed down with a pint of heady Green Man brew. — E.P.

2. UNIVERSAL JOINT 784 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-7262 UJOINTBAR.COM/ASHEVILLE.HTML 3. LEXINGTON AVENUE BREWERY 39 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 252-0212 LEXAVEBREW.COM

Charley Castex

International Psychic Consultant Best Of WNC winner for over a decade!

(could have won in 2012, if the category still existed!)

828-251-5043 CharleyCastex.com 20

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

RESTAURANT STILL NEEDED IN ASHEVILLE 1. ETHIOPIAN Since 2007, readers have begged for an Ethiopian restaurant. Here's hoping that before next year's poll, their wish will be granted. Several entrepreneurs have already set their sights on dishing up the classic Ethiopian staples of wat (Berbere-

spiced stew) and injera (fermented flatbread). Locally, Vicki Schomer and Neeraj Kebede of Asheville Green Cottage are crafting a plan to set up a restaurant. On behalf of our readers, Xpress wishes them the best of luck. Maybe next year, we can finally find something else to wish for. (For more about the Ethiopian restaurant saga, visit http://avl.mx/kz.) — E.P.

2. VIETNAMESE 3. CHINESE

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

21

TaCO TraNCE! EW BEST N T (TiE) N ra rESTau

Walk

rESTauraNT WiNE

liST

1. zamBra 85-a W 232-1060 zamBraTalNuT ST. aPaS.COm The wi

ne list at Zambra holds something for eryone, and the sk evilled staff will help yo mine which bottle will satisfy your pa u deterlate and fit your budget. The long, curving bar plays host to after-work sippers and late-night linge rers alike. Xpress readers kn ow it's one of the best places around to say, “C heers!” — E.P

2. CÚraTE 11 BilTm 239-2946 CuraTETaOrE avE. PaSBar.COm 3. BOuChON 62 N. lEXiNgTON av aShEvillEBOuChON E. 350-1140 .COm

22

2012 BEST OF WNC

STaFF SayS, “hE haSN’T mOvEd iN dayS!”

rOmaNTiC diNiNg 1. zamBra 85-a WalNuT ST. 232-1060 zamBraTaPaS.COm For downtown, Zambra boasts an unusually large dining room, but it doesn't feel that way. It's filled with cozy nooks perfect for small groups. Chef Adam Bannasch designs the tapas for ordering slowly, talking and sharing. It's a great place to linger and talk about food — or, as the case may be, pretend to talk about food while entertaining more romantic designs. Considering the ever-rotating small plates, the live jazz and the subterranean atmosphere, Xpress readers know Zambra nurtures loves both new and vintage. — E.P.

2. BOuChON 62 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 350-1140 aShEvillEBOuChON.COm 3. CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 239-2946 CuraTETaPaSBar.COm

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

SEaFOOd

hF!

ON avE. 1. ThE lOBSTEr TraP 35 PaTTiz P.B ra rT 350-0505 ThElOBSTE takes

st drive to the ocean From Asheville, the quicke you get there, you'll find en Wh rs. four-and-a-half hou ter, you'll have to drive lobs h fres oysters aplenty, but for es re whe the Lobster Trap com much, much farther. That's eville while they fly Ash in e her t righ stay in. You can k. Portland three times a wee Maine lobster down from have said ers read ess Xpr and sea, It's the best of land and 2005. — E.P. so since the place opened in

aNy 2. BluE WaTEr SEaFOOd COmPNuga ka 2 53 d aN 94 CharlOTTE ST. 080 aNd rOad, hENdErSONvillE 253-2 Od.NET 687-0503 BluEWaTErSEaFO Er hillS 3. BONEFiSh grill 105-C riv l.COm rOad 298-6530 BONEFiShgril

WOW!

Thanks again Asheville & Western North Carolina... We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Best BBQ in WNC 2006 • 2007 • 2008 2009 • 2010 • 2011 and 2012! Asheville Location 5 Riverside Drive in the River Arts District Mon-Fri 11am-4pm 253-4499

Arden Location 3578 Sweeten Creek Rd. Near BB Barns Nursery Tues-Sat 11am-4pm Carry Out Till 6pm 687-1395

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

23

SPlurgE rESTauraNT 1. ThE admiral 400 hayWOOd rOad 252-2541 ThEadmiralNC.COm

The Admiral's splurge-worthiness stems from its unpredictability. Small and unim posing though it may be, you never know what will happen inside. The fare could be a one-time thing, a delicious experime nt for that night's small group of diners. Then, there's the cozy bar, which might entice

SuB ShOP/dEli/ SaNdWiChES

hF!

1. JErSEy mikE'S variOuS lOCaTiONS JErSEymikES.COm Asheville's Jersey Mike's is not just a sandwich franchise; it's our sandwich franchise. Despite all the talk about local, sometimes all you want is a big ol' sandwich done the same way every time. Jersey Mike's deliv-

TaCO

freshest authentic

Serving the and most Thai cuisine in Downtown Asheville

1. WhiTE duCk TaCO ShOP 1 rOBErTS ST. 258-1660 WhiTEduCkTaCOShOP.COm Some of the most poignant words have just four letters, like “love” and “hope” and “taco.” Among these, taco ranks paramount, especially if that taco comes from White Duck Taco Shop. What could be more hope-inspiring than looking forward to chowing down on your favorite folded fancy on White Duck's sunny patio? What more is love than the devotion of White Duck's cooks, who prepare their great savo-

Thai 1. SuWaNa’S Thai OrChid 11 BrOadWay ST. 281-8151 SuWaNaSThaiOrChid.COm

WNC! Thank you for voting us “Best Thai” in 11 Broadway • Asheville • 828-281-8151

www.suwanathaiorchid.com

24

2012 BEST OF WNC

M-F 11:30-3 & 5-10 Sat Noon-10 | Sun Noon-9

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Chef Suwana Cry knows the world of cooking: She's served up her food at restaurants in Thailand, Indonesia, Africa and the United States. Xpress readers are grateful she's brought her dishes to Asheville. Tucked among the staple curries, soups and noodle dishes, Thai Orchid offers authentic Thai dishes and encourages diners to try some-

you to take a cab home. And on week ends, there's dancing, an adventure in and of itself. Go, spend and enjoy. Xpress reade rs declare: It costs what it's worth. — E.P.

2. CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 239-2946 CuraTETaPaSBar.COm 3. ruTh'S ChriS STEakhOuSE 26 all SOulS CrESCENT 398-6200 ruThSChriS.COm

ers. When you're on the fly on Merrimon Avenue or Hendersonville Road, the cheerful blue and red sign is like a beacon. It says: “LUNCH NOW,” and thank goodness for it. — E.P.

2. viva dEli (ClOSEd) 3. TWO guyS OldE STylE hOagiES 132 CharlOTTE ST. 2549955 TWOguyShOagiES.COm

ries the same way, every time? White Duck gives us taco for a better tomorrow, and fills our hearts with taco for our fellow man. — E.P.

2. mamaCiTa'S 77-a BilTmOrE avE. 255-8080 mamaCiTaSgrill.COm 3. PaPa’S aNd BEEr variOuS lOCaTiONS, iNCludiNg 17 TuNNEl rOad aNd 1996 hENdErSONvillE rOad 255-2204 aNd 684-4882

thing new. Hor Mok, a Thai curry custard dish, can't be had just anywhere. Catfish, which Thai restaurants don't often serve despite the prevalence of the fish throughout Asia, graces the menu at Thai Orchid and can be added to numerous curries. Add it in and eat up. — E.P.

2. Thai BaSil 1 PagE avE. #151 258-0036 ThaiBaSilNC.COm 3. NOi'S Thai kiTChEN 535 mErrimON avE. 251-1960

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

25

we’re proud to be “best of wNC”

TOP ChEF 1. kaTiE BuTTON, CÚraTE 11 BilTmOrE avE. 2392946 CuraTETaPaSBar. COm She trained in Spain at the world-renowned elBulli. She has multiple degrees in the sciences. She's the subject of national press dotage. But most of all, she cooks the best omelet in town. Yes, an omelet, the egg dish so often maligned by chefs. Button's menu, however, proudly boasts a little packet of potatoes and onions wrapped in eggs and browned on all sides, the tortilla española. It's an omelet done right. It's a small detail, but her attention to the little things that other chefs might overlook elevates Button to top-chef status in the eyes of Xpress readers. — E.P.

2. JaSON SEllErS, PlaNT 165 mErrimON avE. 2587500 PlaNTiSFOOd.COm

Child Care CeNter (“day Care”) 5 Star Program for ages 6 weeks to 5 years old Quality care in a diverse environment

3. William diSSEN, ThE markET PlaCE 20 Wall ST. 252-4162 markETPlaCE-rESTauraNT.COm 3. rEza SETayESh, rEzaz 28 hENdErSONvillE rOad 277-1510 rEzaz.COm 3. ElliOTT mOSS, ThE admiral 400 hayWOOd rOad 252-2541 hEadmiralNC.COm

vEgETariaN

hF!

1. laughiNg SEEd CaFé 40 Wall ST. 252-3445 laughiNgSEEd.COm

summer Camp (“day Camp”) 5 Star Program for grades K - 6 Enrichment activities and fun We also offer an After School program

_____________

Club w fitNess CeNter Excellent equipment and classes Solar-heated pool Friendly and comfortable

185 S. French Broad Ave 26

2012 BEST OF WNC

|

254.7206

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

|

ywcaofasheville.org

The menu at Laughing Seed spans the globe. It's perfect for families that bicker over whether to eat Italian, Japanese, Mexican or Indian, with every person pulling for a different place. Your pesky brother can even have Indian and Mexican at the same time if he orders the East-West Quesadilla. Yet, despite Laughing Seed's international flare, its concept is cohesive, as if it were a nation all its own where every dish tastes delicious. — E.P.

2. rOSETTa'S kiTChEN 116 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 232-0738 rOSETTaSkiTChEN.COm 3. PlaNT 165 mErrimON avE. 258-7500 PlaNTiSFOOd.COm

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

27

Thanks, Asheville!

3 Years Running!

Cocktails #1 Upscale Bar #1 2010, 2011, 2012 sazeracasheville.com (828) 376-0031 Mon.–Thurs. 5pm–2am Fri.–Sun. 3pm–2am

One of the BEST NEW RESTAURANTS (Opened in the last 12 months)

WHOLE PIES & CAKES FOR THE HOLIDAYS Taking Reservations for Thanksgiving! EVENT SPACE • LUNCHEONS • FULL BAR BAKED GOODS • CRUSTY EUROPEAN BREADS Lunch 11am–3pm Tuesday–Friday Brunch 11:30am–3pm Saturday and Sunday Dinner 4pm–9:30pm Tuesday–Friday 4pm–10:30pm Saturday and Sunday Closed Monday

stradaasheville.com (828) 348-8448 27 Broadway, Asheville 28

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Thank you for voting

C W D one of the

T C  WNC !

The Octopus Garden Would like to take this time to thank everyone for voting us Number 1 (again)!

check us out in person 210 Rosman Hwy. Suite C, Brevard, NC 28712 • (828) 884-8796 2000 Spartanburg Hwy. #300, Hendersonville, NC 28792 • (828) 697-1050 140 Airport Rd. Suite M, Arden, NC 28704 • (828) 654-0906 1062 Patton Ave., Asheville, NC 28806 • (828) 232-6030 660 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, NC 28804 • (828) 253-2883 80 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 28801 • (828) 254-4980 1269 Tunnel Rd. Suite B, Asheville, NC 28805 • (828) 299-8880

And for the 19 on Facebook: years of support! /OctopusGardenSmokeShop on the web: 100% Locally owned and operated www.theog.us mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

29

S K N I R D ThE WOBBly WamPuS COCkTail rEvEalEd!

C

SazEra

2. lEah BuEll, BurgErmEiSTEr’S 697 hayWOOd rOad 225-2920 BurgErmEiSTErS.COm

BarTENdEr 1. JaCkSON zOEllEr, BiEr gardEN 46 hayWOOd ST. 285-0002 aShEvillEBiErgardEN.COm For the second year in a row Jackson Zoeller has wowed the sports-seeking drinkers at the Bier Garden. His co-workers attribute the win to his almost surreal energy and the ability to remember names and drink orders after a first encounter. He has an infectious “combo of an outgoing and hardworking personality,” says Amanda McDougal. Fellow bartender Buck Grigg adds that he’s “like a Jack Russell on Red Bull.” — K.S.

2012 BEST OF WNC

WamPuS’ luSh liFE

BEST S il COCkTa

- HEART-SHAPED ICE CUBES - PEACH SCHNAPPS - TAB COLA - JIGGER OF SWAGGER STES JuST likE a T iT “ - SPRIG OF CATNIP lly!” a r P E P l O O h a high-SC

30

EXCluSivE!

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

lOuNgE 3. kim rONEy, dESOTO 5-1109 dESOTOlOuNgE.COm 25 ad 504 hayWOOd rO

3. CyNThia TurNEr, W Xyz Bar aT alOFT hOTEl (FOrmErly OF ThE magNETiC FiEld) 51 BilTmOrE avE. 232-2838 alOFTaShEvillEdOWNTOWN.COm

We Thank You! For again voting us one of Asheville’s best gift shops!

Thanks WNC for your continued support of THE SOAPY DOG Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash and Full-Service Grooming!

THANK YOU for voting us one of the BEST!

Stop in for a thank-you doggie treat and to check out our premier Dog Boarding & Day Care facility, THE SlEEPY DOG.

BRAND NEW STUDIO

NOW OPEN!

Automatic Fresh Air Exchange on C02 sensors • Custom Antibacterial Yoga Mat Flooring • Far Infrared Radiant Heat • Childcare & more!

The place for upcycled goods. 92 Charlotte St Asheville, NC Next to City Bakery 828.255.2533 digfoundry.com

River Ridge Plaza, 802 Fairview Rd.

828-299-7003

WATCH YOUR FAVORITE NFL TEAMS @ TGI FRIDAY’S! NFL GAME TIME SPECIALS

$10 BUCKETS & $2.50 PINTS $3.50 Blood Marys 1/2 Price on Selected Apps

BIG

Catch all the action on our EVERY GAME. EVERY SUNDAY. SCREEN TVs!

(BUD & BUD LIGHT)

$5 OFF

Food purchase of $15 or more.

BAR ONLY-DINE IN ONLY. Must present coupon. Expires 10/31/12

115 Hendersonville Rd • Asheville • (828) 277-4080 mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

FRIDAY’S

FRIDAY’S

270 Depot Street, Asheville, NC thesoapydog.com

FREE HEALTH FAIR October 15 • 4-7pm

2012 BEST OF WNC

31

#1

ou Thank YFor Voting Us The

In humble gratitude, I extend my thanks to all who voted for me in the Best Of contest. What a compliment and surprise! We at Welcome Wellness appreciate the privilege and joy we've shared in serving you and also now are excited to welcome our new chiropractic member Dr. Adam Schmalenberger.

Thanks y'all! Dr. Karen Hartman Voted one of the Best of WNC 2012

ThaNk you asheville! SoCIaL & CoRPoRaTE CaTERING DELI oPEN MoN- SaT CuSToMIZED MENuS FINE SELECTIoN oF WINE & BEER

BLOODY MARY 1. THE SOUTHERN KITCHEN AND BAR 41 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 251-1777 SOUTHERNKITCHENANDBAR.COM

A THREE HOUR BENDER

Sunday brunch is a staple for the standard Saturday night drinker. And the Saturday night drinke r becomes the drinker of the Sunday bloody mary — that easy-to-stomach relief beverage packs the same power as ibuprofen and closed curtai ns. And as easy as it is to make a good one, it’s easier to mess them up. All of this makes finding a good one all the better. The Bloody Southern’s potato vodka is masked by delicately spiced tomato juice and rimmed with smoked salt. And you may need a knife and fork for the cheese and prosci utto stuffed pepper perched atop the ice. — K.S.

2. MAYFEL'S 22 COLLEGE ST. 252-8840 MAYFELS.ORG 3. LUELLA'S BAR-B-QUE 501 MERRIMON AVE. 505-RIBS (7427) LUELLASBARBEQUE.COM

ON GUZZLER’S ISLAND

STARRING FIRST MATE WAMPUS

THE KIPPER

& “BLOODY MARY” ANN

“AIN’T NOTHING LIKE

OL’ GRANKITTY’S SAUCY HOOCH” — WAMPUS COCKTAILS

BEST RY MA BLOODY

THE RN SOUTHE

1. SAZERAC 29 BROADWAY ST. 376-0031 ASHEVILLESAZERAC.COM {828} 225.7727 1020 Merrimon Ave • Shoppes at Beaver Lake

a RT I S a N C aT E R I N G . N E T

After a change in ownership, a revamped menu and an increased food selection, Sazerac is holding on to WNC’s best cocktails for the third year in a row. The lounge sports such classic cocktails as the Old Fashioned and the Manhattan s amid the highlights of the former Nine Muse The collection, inspired by the Grecian sirens. bay Thalia, a gin-based cocktail with pineapple, cut, the made basil fresh and bitters leaf, lime, alongside the Polyhymnia and others. — K.S.

2. STORM RHUM BAR AND BISTRO 125 S. LEXINGTON AVE. 505-8560 STORMRHUMBAR.COM 2. THE JUNCTION 348 DEPOT ST. 337-3932 THEJUNCTIONASHEVILLE.COM

3. RANKIN VAULT COCKTAIL LOUNGE 7 RANKIN AVE. 254-4993 RANKINVAULT.COM

LOVE BOAT? “AT SOME POINT, THEY SWITCHED HATS” SAY SHOCKED ONLOOKERS

32

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

2012-2013 SEASON Daniel Meyer, Music Director

Thank You for voting the Asheville Symphony #1 Classical Music Ensemble

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13, 2012 • 8pm Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 2 Takemitsu Strauss Brahms

Funeral Music from Black Rain Death and Transfiguration Piano Concerto No. 2 Valentina Lisitsa, piano

SPONSOR

Celebrate

BUY TICKETS TODAY

Ms. Phyllis Patton CRS, GRI, Broker PhyllisPatton.com

Oktoberfest with

Symphony in the Park

Sunday October 14th, 2012

6:30pm

FREE LAWN SEATING Reserved seating: $35

and don’t miss the Downtown Association’s Oktoberfest on Saturday October 13th from noon - 6

FOR TICKETS AND MORE INFORMATION 828.254.7046 • www.ashevillesymphony.org mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

33

Thank You! local farmers providing

We feel honored to be voted

BEST LOCAL FARM four years in a row.

Thank you to ALL of our customers. You make farming sustainable!

Us

P

TO

grassfed beef pastured pork & chicken

For Vot ing

One of the

100%

ers t n i Pr

in

W N C

Printing Direct Mail Signs & Banners Promotional Items Design & Delivery Full Service!

Order your pasture-raised Thanksgiving turkey with us.

HICKORYNUTGAPFARM.COM 34

2012 BEST OF WNC

1. DRIPOLATOR COFFEEHOUSE, ASHEVILLE 190 BROADWAY ST. #102 398-0209 DRIPASHEVILLE.COM For years the Dripolator has been as a staple in the city’s coffee scene and a placer in the Best of WNC. But this year the self-proclaimed “Ambassadors of the Bean” have edged out Izzy’s as Asheville’s best coffee shop — the first time since opening at the Pioneer Building on Broadway. Owner Jay Weatherly attributes the Dripolator’s continuing success to its focus on each

DIVE BAR 1. DESOTO LOUNGE 504 HAYWOOD ROAD 255-1109 DESOTOLOUNGE.COM Last year’s tie has been broken, and DeSoto Lounge is now the best dive bar in Asheville. The West Asheville saloon has pinball machines, a smoky back patio and a jukebox stocked with everything from The Beastie Boys to Patsy Cline, with punk rock to fill in the gaps. On Tuesdays, the bar turns out Ethiopian food from its kitchen, which otherwise serves up BLTs and the like. Maybe it’s the chandeliers hanging

FAMILY-FRIENDLY BAR 1. THE BYWATER 796 RIVERSIDE DRIVE 232-6967 BYWATERBAR.COM

Bringing your kids to a bustling downtown bar on a Friday or Saturday is bound to earn a few judgmental glares. But fear not, you can seek shelter at the Bywater. Bring the dogs, too. The bar sports picnic tables, games such as corn hole and horseshoes and grills for cooking hot dogs for the kid-

GAY BAR

HF!

1. SCANDALS NIGHTCLUB 11 GROVE ST. 252-3838 SCANDALSNIGHTCLUB.COM

FARM STORE HOURS: OPEN 7 DAYS/WEEK 9-6 PM

57 Sugar Hollow Road Fairview, NC 28730 828.628.1027

COFFEE SHOP

828-253-6886 191 Charlotte Street, Asheville AllegraAsheville.com

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Scandals carries into its 30th year with yet another Best Gay Bar title, which the Grove Street nightclub has maintained since the category’s inception in 2009. Scandals is more than just a bar at this point; it’s a definitive part of Asheville, one of the few downtown establishments that has survived generational and ownership changes, as well as a variety of different cultural

beverage, and to making individuals feel welcome. “We put a lot of time and energy into training,” says Weatherly. “And it’s apparent in the quality of each cup and each espresso pour.” The Dripolator, aside from a classic espresso menu, features pourovers, beers on tap and wines by the glass. — K.S.

2. IZZY'S COFFEE DEN 74 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 2582004 IZZYSCOFFEEDEN.COM 3. WAKING LIFE ESPRESSO 976 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-3240 WAKINGLIFEESPRESSO.COM

from its aluminum-colored ceilings, the taxidermied “conquistadeer” or the beer selection, but the 3-year-old bar continues to rouse the neighborhood. — K.S.

2. THE ADMIRAL 400 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-2541 THEADMIRALNC.COM 3. BROADWAY'S 120 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 285-0400 3. THE GET DOWN 1045 HAYWOOD ROAD 505-8388 GETDOWNASHEVILLE.COM dos. All of this is accompanied by the gentle flow of the French Broad River. It’s like a backyard block party. — K.S.

2. ASHEVILLE PIZZA AND BREWING COMPANY 675 MERRIMON AVE. 254-1281 ASHEVILLEBREWING.COM 3. WEDGE BREWING COMPANY 125-B ROBERTS ST. 505-2792 WEDGEBREWING.COM

waves to wash over the city. Through it all, Scandals continues to host a full program of dance events and drag shows. — K.S.

2. O'HENRY'S 237 HAYWOOD ST. 254-1891 OHENRYSOFASHEVILLE.COM 2. CLUB HAIRSPRAY 38 N. FRENCH BROAD AVE. 258-2027 38NORTHFRENCHBROAD.COM 3. SMOKEY’S AFTER DARK 18 BROADWAY ST. 253-2155

Thanks to you for voting us

1 DIVE BAR # 2 LOCALS BAR #

and our own

KIM RONEY Asheville’s

ANNouNciNg...

The Square Root Hendersonville! Opening October 2012

Enjoy the same great food, service, and ambience you love in Brevard!

3 BEST BARTENDER #

pinball • foosball • ping-pong & a kickass jukebox kitchen open until late 504 Haywood Rd. West Asheville • 828-255-1109

Voted Best Restaurant in Brevard! 2010, 2011, 2012!! Thanks, WNC!!

Open 7 Days a Week for Lunch & Dinner Enjoy our new Fall menu, Daily Entreé and Drink Specials Sunday Brunch ½ Priced Wine Bottles on Mondays and Tuesdays Live Music Open Mic Jam on Wednesdays Visit www.sqroot.com for more information about upcoming events, catering and private parties. Follow us on Facebook to stay connected!

3 3 T i m e s A r c A d e A l l e y • B r e vA r d , N c 2 8 7 1 2 • 8 2 8 . 8 8 4 . 6 1 7 1

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

35

lOCal BEEr SElECTiON

hF!

SCENESTEr Bar

1. BarlEy'S TaPrOOm & PizzEria 42 BilTmOrE avE. 255-0504 BarlEySTaPrOOm.COm

1. TigEr mOuNTaiN ThirST ParlOur 103 BrOadWay ST. 407-0666 FaCEBOOk.COm/TigErmOuNTaiNThirSTParlOur

Although Biltmore Avenue has changed dramatically in the past year, Barley’s sticks to its roots. It still features 56 rotating beers on tap (more if there was space). Most of the beer selections, sought by part-owner Patrick Huss, are seasonal. But while the kegs rotate, Barley’s keeps “the staples of Asheville beer,” says Diana Jones, a 7-year Barley’s veteran. French Broad’s IPA is the taproom’s personal best-of for hopped beers, while Green Man’s Porter tops the malty end of the spectrum. As for the staff favorites, it depends on the day, but picks include Catawba’s Firewater IPA or French Broad’s Kolsch. — K.S.

We’re dropping the term hipster this year (it’s worn itself out) in favor of scenester. Earlier this year, Tiger Mountain Thirst Parlour announced it would open soon. When it finally debuted, it seemed an instant hit. This service-industry bar has the combined decor of an ex-Dollywood restaurant and a former 365Day Christmas store, with a little Jesus to top it off. Nativity characters, velvet paintings and mostly red light bulbs create an atmosphere of Super Kitsch. The standard drink is a PBR/High Life and shot of Old Crow, and the music, naturally, is sourced from their vinyl collection. Oh, and note the phone number — it was specially chosen. — K.S.

2. ThirSTy mONk 92 PaTTON avE. 254-5470 mONkPuB.COm 3. ThE BiEr gardEN 46 hayWOOd ST. 285-0002 aShEvillEBiErgardEN.COm

hE gOES iN

The Wedge has made its list of hopped and heavily malted brews into a namesake that is fast becoming synonymous with the River Arts District. There are the standards, such as the Julian Price Pilsner and Payne's Pale Ale — named after artist and former Wedge Studios owner John Payne. But as the months grow colder, the brewery will begin shifting further into its winter collection of beers. Fortunately, there's always the Iron Rail IPA, so popular it gets its own express-service window on the left side of the dock. It proves itself, time and again, to be so refreshing. — K.S.

2. highlaNd BrEWiNg COmPaNy 12 Old CharlOTTE highWay 299-3370 highlaNdBrEWiNg.COm

JuST likE uS...

1. TigEr mOuNTaiN ThirST ParlOur 103 BrOadWay ST. 407-0666 FaCE FaCEBOOk.COm/TigErmOuNTaiNThirSTParlOur "We’re not your average singles bar,” says co-owner Jamie Hepler. “We dig married chicks, too. I think that's what makes us stand out as No. 1." So how to explain the win? There are certainly single people at every bar in Asheville. The saloon-meets-David Lynch drinking fantasy has only been open a few months, but it’s already taken on multiple identities. So, is there a correlation between scenesters and the single life? — K.S.

2. ThE SOuThErN kiTChEN aNd Bar 41 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 251-1777 SOuThErNkiTChENaNdBar.COm 2. raNkiN vaulT COCkTail lOuNgE 7 raNkiN avE. 254254-4993 raNkiNvaulT.COm 2. arCadEa ShEvillE 130 COllEgE ST. 258-1400 arCadEaShEvillE.COm

3. PiSgah BrEWiNg 150 EaSTSidE drivE 669-0190 PiSgahBrEWiNg.COm

3. lEXiNgTON avENuE BrEWEry 39 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 252-0212 lEXavEBrEW.COm

lOCalS Bar

3. SCully'S 13 W. WalNuT ST. 251-8880 SCullySaShEvillE.COm

1. ThE ByWaTEr 796 rivErSidE drivE 232-6967 ByWaTErBar.COm The Bywater may be too far away for some, but for others it’s just far enough to keep the patronage local. And in the middle of July, when you’re longing for the middle of September (or perhaps January and February), when the streets, shops and bars are less crowded with tourists, one can always find solace at the Bywater. Just beyond the fence awaits live music (most nights), a food truck or a food busker and 18 mostly local taps to fill the 20-ounce pours. The majority of seating is outside — porch and backyard style — so there’s a weather ticker on the website to keep everyone up to speed. — K.S.

3. raNkiN vaulT COCkTail lOuNgE 7 raNkiN avE. 254-4993 raNkiNvaulT.COm

SiNglES Bar

lOCal BrEWEry 1. ThE WEdgE 125-B rOBErTS ST. 505-2792 WEdgEBrEWiNg.COm

2. ThEa dmiral 400 hayWOOd rOad 252-2541 ThEadmiralNC.COm

SmOOThiES/JuiCES

hE gOES OuT

2. dESOTO lOuNgE 504 hayWOOd rOad 255-1109 dESOTOlOuNgE.COm

1. grEENliFE grOCEry (WhOlE FOOdS) 70 mErrimON avE. 254-5440 WhOlEFOOdSmarkET.COm/STOrES/aShEvillE Greenlife Grocery celebrates a second year of the best smoothies in Asheville. All of the cafe’s organic smoothies sport the names of primates, such as the Blue Baboon and the Green Gorilla. “Every smoothie has bananas,” says Caitlin Bjork, explaining the hominid theme. Customers keep coming back for favorites such as the King Ape, Nutty Monkey and the aforementioned Green Gorilla. — K.S.

3. ThE PrOSPECT 11 BuXTON avE. avl.mX/kC

2. EarThF arE 1856hENdErSONvil lErOad aNd 6 WEST WESTgaTE ParkWay 210-0100aNd 232-9951 EarThFarE.COm

3. WESTvillE PuB 777 hayWOOd rOad 225-9782 WESTvillEPuB.COm

3. grEENS agE 5 BrOadWay ST. 252-4450 ThEgrEENSagE.NET

36

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

! S K

Thanks for voting us your

# 1 Latin Fare Restaurant!

Drink AVL Beer!

Photo by: Frank Bott

T

N A H

We have enjoyed serving Asheville the freshest ingredients for 18 years! We look forward to bringing you produce from our very own farm starting this fall! 828-252-9805 • 6 Patton Avenue • Downtown

www.salsasnc.com

4 mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

37

SWEET ON THE KITTY!

BEST STER E S/SCEN SINGLE BAR

TWO HEP CATS BRUSH WHISKERS UNDER THE SHIMMERING GLOW OF A MERGE RECORDS LP. WILL TOMORROW BRING RAPTURE OR REGRET? UPSCALE BAR

SPORTS BAR 1. THE BIER GARDEN 0002 46 HAYWOOD ST. 285- N.COM ASHEVILLEBIERGARDE

Bier Gara few minutes at The After spending only Two proe: fav al loc a it’s y wh either den, it’s easy to see up an entire wall, flank any jectors, one that takes for up ke ma s so television side of the bar; 20 or There’s s can’t accommodate. game the big screen ni-basketmi , les tab ol po — e also most of an arcad bottles, 30 draft beers and 150 foreball, etc. But it’s the the at bar the , that keep plus or minus a few er. — K.S. imate options-provid front of being the ult

1 BILTMORE 2. WILD WING CAFE 16 INGCAFE.COM AVE. 253-3066 WILDW 3. HICKORY TAVERN . 684-0975 30 TOWN SQUARE BLVDOM THEHICKORYTAVERN.C

38

2012 BEST OF WNC

1. SAZERAC 29 BROADWAY ST. 376-0031 ASHEVILLESAZERAC.COM

Your drink order may warrant a theatrical shake or stir. It’s acceptable under the circumstances. You are, after all, at Asheville’s Best Upscale bar. So put on your tie. Or your fedora. The low lighting bounces off the multitude of reflective surfaces, making everything and everyone glitter. The upstairs patio brings out the urbanite in anyone. But it’s the drinks, and the glassware for that matter, that complete the picture. The classic and nouveau cocktails are perfectly chilled and garnished with real cherries, not the electric red maraschinos you’re used to. — K.S.

2. SKY BAR 18 BATTERY PARK AVE. 225-6998 3. STORM RHUM BAR AND BISTRO 125 S. LEXINGTON AVE. #103-A 505-8560 STORMRHUMBAR.COM

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

TIGER N AI MOUNT

WINE BAR 1. 5 WALNUT WINE BAR 5 WALNUT ST. 253-2593 5WALN UT.

COM

Last year, 5 Walnut had a little music and little bustle coming through the windows. A year later, people lean through the window and flood the streets to see jazz and ragtime from The Big Nasty and The John Henrys, among others. The bar has amp ed up its schedule to become a hots pot for throwback, street-style hot jazz and other night music. “They all really want to play here,” co-owner Melissa Terrezza says , adding “the atmosphere they create is phenomenal.” And whe n Russ Wilson, a local musician and executive 5 Walnut emcee, show s up dressed in a three-piece suit with a pencil-thin mustache and a glass of Champagne, it’s easy to imagine yourself in another era. — K.S.

2. SANTÉ WINE BAR & TAP ROOM 1 PAGE AVE. SUITE 146 254-8188 GROVEARCADE.COM/SHOPPING-DI NIN

G/SANTE 3. BATTERY PARK BOOK EXCHANG & CHAMPAGNE BAR 1 PAGE AVE. E 252-0020 BATTERYPARKBOOKEX SUITE 101 CHANGE.COM

OCTOBER

18-21

LeaF Lake Eden Arts Festival BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC

Thank YOU for all the LEAF LOVE and voting us one of the best festivals! Come Celebrate our 35th LEAF with us. P.S. Just added to the Fall lineup: MC Yogi, Rising Appalachia Duo & Roosevelt Collier of The Lee Boys!

See all performers & events on the web! Tickets still available — get in advance.

theLEAF.org 828.68.MUSIC [686-8742]

Thank You Asheville! white duck taco shop mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

39

Thank you for voting Wick & Greene one of the Best Jewelry Stores in WNC!

This year’s Race for the Ring was a success! See our winners below, and make sure to be part of next year’s 5th annual event!

121 PATTON AVENUE • ASHEVILLE, NORTH CAROLINA 28801 (828) 253-1805 • wickandgreene@gmail.com • www.WickandGreene.com 40

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

LIKE us on Facebook to stay up-to-date on all our events

Thanks for voTing us one of The

best live theatres in wnc 8 years in a row!

come see why! TickeTs on sale now for:

N OV E M B E R 2 1 - D E C E M B E R 1 6 , 2 0 1 2

ncstage.org | (828) 239-0263

Thank you for voting us one of the best bike shops in wnc!

.

‘Probably the Oldest in the U.S.’ Proudly serving our customers in wnc since 1869

828-253-4800 • 34 Broadway • Downtown Asheville 176 Bridge St. • Downtown Hot Springs mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

41

G N I & T N U H GATHERING

ShOP Till yOu drOP iNdEEd!

aNTiQuES STOrE / FlEa markET

hF!

1. aNTiQuE TOBaCCO BarN 75SW aNNaNOa rivEr rOad 252-7291 aTBarN.COm

Like recalling your oldest memories, it’s easy to get slightly but pleasantly lost in the Antique Tobacco Barn. Where once were held tobacco auctions for local growers, row after row of its 77,000 square feet is packed with the lost and found of days gone by — a primitive pine table, a collection of 1940s Coca-Cola bottles, a turn-of-the-century Chinese armoire big enough to hide your entire family. You could spend a weekend — or a week — searching its treasures. — M.W.

2. SCrEENdOOr 115 FairviEW rOad 277-3667 SCrEENdOOraShEvillE.COm 3. SmilEy’SF lEam arkET 5360 hENdErSONvillE rOad, FlETChEr 684-3532 SmilEySFlEamarkETS.COm

TaBBy!

WamPuS SWaTS aT STONEr rumOrS ... vEry SlOWly

’ WELL IN L E E F , D A B ’ LOOKIN arTS/CraFT Fair 1. ThE Big CraFTy PaCk PlaCE ThEBigCraFTy.COm This little summer and late-fall fair reminds me of the market in a little town in Guatemala — stall after stall of local goods sold by the makers and producers, and the bustle of buyers asking questions, haggling in a friendly way. It was a happy buzz, and that’s The Big Crafty, which aims for a twice-a-year community bazaar complete with everything that’s artsy, beerfriendly and musical about Asheville and Appalachia. — M.W.

2. BilTmOrE villagE arTS & CraFTS Fair BilTmOrEvillagE. COm/CraFT_Fair.hTm 3. CraFT Fair OF ThE SOuThErN highlaNdS aShEvillE CiviC CENTEr SOuThErNhighlaNdguild.Org 42

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

BEST P hO hEad S

S OCTOPEuN gard

Salsa Social Night

Lunch Buffet

Every Saturday Night

Mon. - Sat. $7.99

Thanks for voting us one of the Best Latin

Restaurants!

Fine Latin Cuisine • Dine In • Take Out • Parties • Catering October 2012 Express Mon-Thur 11-9 • FriMt. & Sat 11-9:30 • 70 Westgate Parkway (Next to Earthfare) • 828-254-5046 • Tomatocl.com

MiyaGallery fine art fine&craft

J

enni fer enki n s

Voted Best Local Shop/Gallery Weaverville & Woodfin.

20 North Main Weaverville, NC 828.658.9655 miyagallery.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

43

From blueprints to fine art, Henco is here to meet WNC’s printing needs.

BEST OP BikE Sh

y liBErTS BikE

www.hencorepro.com Thank You, Mountain Xpress Readers, for Voting Dr. John Faherty, DC

Best Chiropractor 2012

BUFF RIDER

“i WENT FrOm CaT hEaP TO aThlETE

JuST ridiNg my BikE!” arTS/CraFT SuPPly STOrE

I’ve been honored to serve the Asheville community for 27 years. – Dr. John Now also providing Animal Chiropractic Care

1. TruE BluE arT SuPPly 30 hayWOOd ST. 251-0028 TruEBluEarTSuPPly.COm

Leah B. Noel CPA, PC congratulates the winners and runners-up of the Best of WNC.

Please visit:

We help promote and support local small businesses like yours.

828-254-5212 | 828-712-8017

828.333.4529 • lbnoelcpa.com

www.animalmovement.com

hF!

What is “true blue”? Not being the least artistic, I had to ask the experts — the artists who work at this downtown landmark. It’s not phthalo, light ultramarine or smalt blue, as nice as those shades are. It’s bleu franc, the “kind of blue you get in the sky when the sun is setting, or rising, just below the horizon. It’s the kind of blue that comes from the heart,” says a staffer. — M.W.

2. miChaEl’S 299 SWaNNaNOa rivEr rOad 299-0183 miChaElS.COm 3. a.C.m OOrE 800 FairviEW rOad 299-0777 aCmOOrE.COm

Est. 2001

BEEr STOrE

hF!

1. BruiSiN’ alES 66 BrOadWay ST. 252-8999 BruiSiN-alES.COm Beer-centric Bruisin’ Ales does more than sell 1,000 brands of the brew: It builds beer community. “Beerlanthropy” drives them (a concern for the welfare and advancement of beer). It works like this: Co-owner Julie Atallah (aka @bruisinales) draws you in via beerlicious tweets about the brew, its people and

44

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

... just life in general, then she gets ya with a shop full of all things beer. Build your own six-pack of Belgians, or get that beer thong you always wanted! (Perhaps you should tweet ahead for that last one.) — M.W.

2. hOPS & viNES 797 hayWOOd rOad #100 252-5275 hOPSaNdviNES.NET 3. iNglES (variOuS lOCaTiONS) 669-3678 iNglES-markETS.COm

BikE ShOP

hF!

1. liBErTyB ikES 1378 hENdErSONvillE rOad 274-2453 liBErTyBikES.COm Never underestimate the power of spokes, pedals and tires. When I first met Liberty Bikes co-owner Claudia Nix, her passion for bicycling was as unmistakable and steady as those brave souls who pedal up the challenging hills of the Blue Ridge Parkway. We didn’t have bike lanes then, or bike corrals at local events, or maps for cycling trails (both off-road or on). We’ve pedaled a long way, and Liberty Bikes has helped blaze the trail, one spoke at a time. — M.W.

2. PrOB ikES 610-B hayWOOd rOad 253-2800 PrO-BikES.COm 3. hEarN’SC yCliNga Nd FiTNESS 28 aShElaNd avE. 253-4800

Monitto Chiropractic Open house & Patient Appreciation Day Saturday October 13th 9am – 2pm

Thanks everyone in Asheville who voted for us. Offering the best brands and service to keep you in motion.

In exchange for a food donation to Manna Food Bank, receive a complimentary adjustment ($45 value) or a new patient examination, x-ray, and adjustment ($140 value).

Monitto Chiropractic – 206 Merrimon Ave., Asheville NC (828) 252-7400 | MonittoChiro.com | Visit us on facebook

We love you Sylva for selecting us as one of the Best Local Shops!

MotionMakers.com • 878 Brevard Rd • Asheville • 828.633.2227 552 W. Main St., Sylva • 828.586.6925 • Follow Us! Stocking Bicycles from

IF YOU DECIDE TO PURCHASE ADDITIONAL TREATMENT, YOU HAVE THE LEGAL RIGHT TO CHANGE YOUR MIND WITHIN THREE DAYS AND RECEIVE A REFUND.

36

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

45

BOOkSTOrE

hF!

1. malaPrOP’S BOOkSTOrE aNd CaFé 55 hayWOOd ST. 257-6734 malaPrOPS.COm Malaprop’s means memories, mingled with the smell of books and coffee. When I lived above the bookstore, my mother enjoyed the poetry readings on her visits to Asheville while Dad stayed in the apartment and watched football. Or take this memory: My niece explored the children’s book section by crawling around, pretending to be a cat, because something about Malaprop’s keeps books alive for young and old alike. — M.W.

2. mr. k’S uSEd BOOkS 800 FairviEW rOad 299-1145 mrkSONliNE.COm 2. BarNES& N OBlE 3 S. TuNNEl rOad, d-8 aNd 33 TOWN SQuarE Blvd. 296-7335aNd687-0681 BarNESaNdNOBlE.COm 3. dOWNTOWNB OOkS& NEWS 67 N. lEXiNgTON avE. 348-7615 dOWNTOWNBOOkSaNdNEWS.COm

CuriOuS haBiTS OF ThE lEarNEd

IT STARTS WITH JANE AUSTEN

AND HERMAN MELVILLE,

BUT IT ENDS WITH CAT-HAIR MITTENS!

46

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Mr. K’s USED BOOKS, MUSIC AND MORE

ASHEVILLE’S LARGEST USED BOOKSTORE

NEW & USED: Books • CDs Comics • Video Games • Books on CD DVDs • Vinyl Records BUY • SELL • TRADE

Thank You for Voting Us One of the Best!

THANK YOU, WNC!

We’re proud to be your Favorite Bike Shop for the 8th time! Liberty Bicycles

We’ve been working to make bicycling safe & fun for all since 1980!

Open Mon. - Sat. 9am-9pm • Sun. 12-6pm 800 Fairview Rd. • Asheville, NC River Ridge Shopping Center • Beside A.C. Moore • Hwy 240 exit #8

299-1145 • www.mrksonline.com

1378 Hendersonville Rd, Asheville NC 28803 | 828-274-2453 libertybikes.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

47

CAT? OR FOX? FEATHERY BANGS?

yOu havE CaT TO BE kiTTEN mE righT mEOW!

BEST ’S WOmEN ShOP Ng ClOThi

miNX

SASSY POSE?

Thank you for voting Wendy Whitson as one of the best artists in WNC!

 Please come visit the studio at 357 Depot Street open every Friday 11-4 www.wendywhitson.com 48

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

THANKS for Voting Us

#1 SIX YEARS IN A ROW! JOIN US

OCT. 8-14

FOR OUR ANNUAL CUSTOMER APPRECIATION SALE!

DANCING BEAR TOYS

144 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, NC • 255-8697 418 N. Main St., Hendersonville, NC • 693 -4500

Asheville’s #2 Upscale Bar & Best Kept Secret! Over 108,000 people enjoyed our coffee last year – come see why!

Asheville’s premier sunset destination. Join us on Facebook.com/SkyBarAVL

18 Battery Park Ave • worldcoffee.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

49

CLOTHING: CONSIGNMENT / VINTAGE

HF!

1. GOODWILL (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) GOODWILLWNC.ORG

How many times have you asked the guy or gal wearing the perfectly soft retro Tshirt or the cute ‘50s-cut dress where they got their outfit, and they answer “Goodwill” with a little smirk? It’s a point of pride. Goodwill is the front line for scoring sweet deals on sweet duds. But you gotta get up early in the morning, or want to spend time sorting through The Bins to

CLOTHING: MEN’S

HF!

1. GOODWILL (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) GOODWILLWNC.ORG

Fellas, we know why you love Good will shopping. It’s the thrill of the hunt . The picking through suit coats, corduroys and worn-out T-shirts to find your fly gear on the cheap. That’s why Xpress readers have voted Goodwill No. 1 in this category for the past four years in a row. Prowl on. — R.S.

CLOTHING: WOMEN’S

HF!

1. MINX 64 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 2255680 MINXASHEVILLE.COM Shopping at Minx is akin to stepping into the walk-in closet (the really, really large walk-in closet) of your best fashionista friend. It’s a warm and inviting space, with a comfy couch and terrific tunes. The racks are color coordinated, stocked by buyers

really find that treasure. Landing that perfect pair of plaid pants and being able to tell people you spent $4 on them makes it worth the battle. — R.S.

2. ENCHANTED FORREST 235 MERRIMON AVE. AND 1950 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 236-0688 OR 684-7767 THEENCHANTEDFORREST.COM 3. HIP REPLACEMENTS 72 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 255-7573 HIPREPLACEMENTSCLOTHING.BLOGSPOT.COM

2. UNION 18 HAYWOOD ST. 259-3300 UNIONASHEVILLE.COM 3. MAST GENERAL STORE 15 BILTMORE AVE. 232-1883 MASTSTOREASHEVILLE.COM 3. HIP REPLACEMENTS 72 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 255-7573 HIPREPLACEMENTSCLOTHING.BLOGSPOT.COM who know what’s hot for fall and what’s in season year-round. And the most-accommodating staff will direct you to their latest finds, or suggest a style you might not have thought was “you” — but once in front of the mirror in the cozy dressing room, you realize why the gals work at Minx. They know their fashion. — R.S.

2. VIRTUE 58 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 254-4200 1VIRTUE.COM 3. GOODWILL (VARIOUS LOCATIONS) GOODWILLWNC.ORG

GET TO E M W O N K DID YOU KNOW THAT WAMPUS HAD A CAMEO IN A 1986 EPISODE OF ALF?

50

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Thanks, Asheville for voting us

#1 Frozen Yogurt/ Custard! Located at 505 Merimon Ave. Next to Luella’s Barbeque. Locally Owned & Operated 828-255-4515 Mon-Thurs: Noon - 9:30 pm Fri & Sat: Noon - 10 pm Sun: Noon - 9 pm

BUY ONE AND GET THE SECOND (OF EQUAL OR LESSER VALUE) FOR $1 Expires 12/31/12

Thank you for voting us best salon and gift shop!

Thank you WNC for voting our school one of the best.

We appreciate you! Please help support our band by participating in the first annual Band Aide 5K on November 10, 2012. Register at www.ashevillehighbands.com/5k_information.html

Proceeds from this event will help the band travel to Washington, D.C. in January to participate in the 2013 Inaugural Festival!

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

51

Celebrates 10 Years of Service 2002-2012

GET TO E M W O N K WAMPUS LOVES GREEN BANANAS CRINKLE-CUT FRENCH FRIES AND UNSALTED, IN-SHELL SUNFLOWER SEEDS

Spectacular Homes Await You! www.townandmountain.com AN-0000314246

CONVENIENCE STORE 1. GAS-UP 405 HAYWOOD ROAD 252-5589 THEGASUP.COM

251.0028

30 Haywood St • Asheville Thanks, Asheville, for voting us ”Best Art Supply Store” Seven Years Running!

Thanks, Asheville, for voting us

“Best Art Supply Store” Eight Years Running!

The Gas-Up continues to serve as the taupe hub of the “east-West Asheville” Ferris wheel. The Haywood Road outlet is a general store for these times, offering biodiesel, local beer, a Sweepstakes casino and a countertop cupboard displaying sunglasses, feather barrettes, glass and

corncob pipes and a gas mask. If the TV show Cheers took place in the South, and in a bodega, and was called Thank You, Come Again, Gas-Up would be the inspiration. — J.B.

2. HOT SPOT VARIOUS LOCATIONS, INCLUDING 79 ASHELAND AVE. 2530425 HOTSPOTCSTORE.COM 3. SHELL 45 CHARLOTTE ST. 254-6555

trueblueartsupply.com |

Thank you WNC, for voting me BesT RealToR - 3rd Place I value your business and look foward to another successful year in WNC.

Many Thanks! Rory Heller Broker, Realtor

(828) 279-7699 rory@roryheller.com www.roryheller.com 52

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

GARDEN SUPPLY

HF!

1. B.B. BARNS 3377 SWEETEN CREEK ROAD 650-7300 BBBARNS.COM

When it comes to B.B. Barns, local green ry thumbs consistently give this nurse this land to times gh (enou up bs a thum ess nursery in our Hall of Fame). In busin n since 1989, it’s tough to keep this garde s secret. Whether you’re trying to find plant or tiful, beau and big n garde your to make

GIFT SHOP

HF!

1. LOST OBJECTS, FOUND TREASURES (L.O.F.T.) 53 BROADWAY ST. 259-9303 ASHEVILLE.COM/LOFT In Asheville, sometimes you need an inflatable wig, a witty card and a wine glass that holds an entire bottle of your favorite red or white. Located on Broadway, L.O.F.T is the store with the orange and pink exterior that’s adorned with window hangings, wind chimes and the trippy wind spinners. Inside, the merchandise is just as unique. From colorful owl pillows to unique chandeliers to Handerwear (yes, underwear for

box, just want to spruce up the backyard conthe center probably has it. Downright es fused by the dirt? B.B. Barnes offers class for those who really want to know, “How does your garden grow?” — C.B.

2. REEMS CREEK NURSERY 70 MONTICELLO ROAD 6453937 REEMSCREEK.COM 3. JESSE ISRAEL & SONS 570 BREVARD ROAD 254-2671 JESSEISRAELANDSONSNURSERY.COM

your hands), I tell my friends visiting from out of town that this is the store where you will find all the things you never knew you wanted. — C.B.

2. WILLOW’S DREAM 210 MERRIMON AVE. 225-5922 WILLOWSDREAM.COM 3. FOUNDRY 92 CHARLOTTE ST. 255-2533 DIGFOUNDRY.COM 3. THYME & AGAIN 105 CHERRY ST. 669-5981

“Sonically so satisfying!” —Classical Voice of NC, September 2012 Eclectic — Genre-smashing — World-class chamber music made in WNC

Highlights of our 13th Season

2nd Sunday @ 5 Our monthly series at the intimate Altamont Theatre in Downtown Asheville

Shining Light Project Engaging outreach for the whole spectrum of our community with programs for youth, homeless, the disabled and seniors

Chamber Music Messiah! December 2, 4 pm A benefit concert for Room at the Inn and Pan Harmonia First Presbyterian Church, Downtown Asheville ELEGY April 28, 2013 Our acclaimed Holocaust Remembrance Osher Institute-UNCA Appalachian Spring May 18 and 19, 2013 Copland’s breathtaking work in its original setting for 13 players! Kate Steinbeck, Artistic Director www.pan-harmonia.org 828-254-7123

2012-2013 Artist Roster Amy Brucksch, guitar • Barbara Weiss, harpsichord • Byron Hedgepeth,

percussion • Eric Wall, organ • Fabio Parrini, piano • Fred Lemmons, clarinet • Ian Bracchitta, bass • Jacquelyn Bartlett, harp • Jamie Laval, violin • Janis Bryant, soprano • Jennifer Merrell, horn • John Bryant, trumpet • John Ravnan, viola • Kate Steinbeck, flute • Kimberly Cann, piano • Kyle Ritter, piano • Larry Black, trumpet • Maria Parrini, cello • Opal String Quartet members: Amy Lovinger, violin • Kara Poorbaugh, viola • Franklin Keel, cello • Rosalind Buda, bassoon • Vance Reese, piano

Thanks for Voting Us Best Antique Shop in WNC!

ASHEVILLE, NC minutes from the Biltmore Estate 1-877-ATB-1006 75 Swannanoa River Rd (Hwy 81, Asheville)

828-252-7291 • www.atbarn.com mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

53

Thtaernn kNCs!

Thanks for voting us

Wes

I am honored to be voted

#1 THERAPIST!

#1 JEWELRY STORE

grOCEry STOrE 1. EarTh FarE 1856 hENdErSONvillE rOad aNd 6 WESTgaTE ParkWay 210-0100 aNd 232-9951 EarThFarE.COm Ashevilleans like to feel good about what they buy, and where they buy. And with a food philosophy that refuses to stock its wooden shelves with groceries that contain artificial anything, Earth Fare has aptly earned the Best Grocery Store again from our Western North Carolina readers.

hEad ShOP

Shannon South

Paula Dawkins #1 Best Local Jewelry Designer #1 Best Local Jewelry Artist

www.drshannonsouth.com

UNIQUELY ASHEVILLE SINCE 1924.

It’s not in a hideaway beneath the waves, but you can certainly ask your friends to come and see Octopus Garden. Consistently voted Best Head Shop, the retailer (which boasts seven regional locations) offers a “wide variety of products in several shapes, sizes and colors so that you can enjoy smok-

hF!

1. JEWElS ThaT daNCE 63 hayWOOd ST. 254-5088 JEWElSThaTdaNCE.COm As gold glitters beneath showroom lights, it’s hard not to slow down when you walk by Jewels That Dance. With window displays that spotlight adornments under dramatic lighting, it’s a show-stopper of a downtown studio and showroom that’s been in the business of beautiful jewelry since 1983. And there’s a bounty of beautiful things like custom designs, rings, necklaces and Asheville-centric charms. After a visit, you’ll realize that gold is not all

Pendant design by

Paula Dawkins

Fine Jewelry and Design Studio 3 0 1 E a s t C hes t nut St.

866. 552. 098 6

www. P ri n c es s A nneH ote l.com

Princess Anne H O T E L

2012 BEST OF WNC

1. OCTOPuS gardEN variOuS lOCaTiONS, iNCludiNg 80 N. lEXiNgTON avE. aNd 1062 PaTTON avE. 254-4980 aNd 232-6030 OCTOPuSgardENSmOkEShOP.COm

JEWElry STOrE

Tha nk y o u fo r y ou r con ti n u e d s up p o r t !

54

hF!

www.jewelsthatdance.com

18k white gold and diamond with turquoise and onyx carved by Steve Walters

828-254-5088 63 Haywood St. • Downtown Asheville Hours: Mon - Sat 10:30 - 6

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

lOCal Farm

hF!

1. hiCkOry NuT gaP Farm 57 Sugar hOllOW rOad 628-1027 hiCkOryNuTgaPFarm.COm Hickory Nut Gap has become the standard of locally sourced meat, and it’s been in the business since before doing that was such a thing. But it’s more: From apples to berries to beef, the land the farm occupies is

In addition to guilt-free nutritional goods, this healthy supermarket offers on-site eats and drinks like fresh paninis from the hot bar and free samples in the wine section. — C.B.

2. iNglES (variOuS lOCaTiONS) 6693678 iNglES-markETS.COm 3. grEENliFE grOCEry (WhOlE FOOdS) 70 mErrimON avE. 254-5440 WhOlEFOOdSmarkET.COm/STOrES/aShEvillE

ing tobacco in an authentic way,” according to its website. Who knows, maybe with the right stuff you will shout and swim about. — C.B.

2. ThE CirClE 426 hayWOOd rOad 254-3332 ThECirClEaShEvillE.COm 2. WONdErlaNd 33 PaTTON avE. 225-5035 3. ThE hOOkah hOOk-uP 85 PaTTON avE. 252-4111 ThEhOOkahhOOkuP.NET

that glitters. It can also be silver, platinum or conflict-free diamonds from South Africa. — C.B.

2. BluE gOldSmiThS 1 SWaN ST. 277-2583 BluEgOldSmiThS.COm 3. ElEmENTaliTy 3 S. TuNNEl rOad 299-4751 ElEmENTaliTyONliNE.COm 3. WiCk aNd grEENE JEWElErS 121 PaTTON avE. 2531805 WiCkaNdgrEENE.COm

“protected for eternity” to be run as a farm by the descendants of James and Elspeth Clarke. — R.S.

2. FlyiNg ClOud Farm 1860 CharlOTTE highWay, FairviEW 768-3348 FlyiNgClOudFarm.NET 3. imladriS Farm 45 liTTlE PONd rOad 6289377 imladriSFarm.COm

Thanks for keeping it local!

• • •

Local Glass Local Art Local Fashion

w w w. t h e c i r c l e a s h e v i l l e . c o m Artwork by Hillary Frye

426 Haywood Rd West Asheville 828-254-3332

OVER 200 BEERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD VOTED ONE OF THE BEST LOCAL BEER SELECTIONS

THANK YOU WNC!

For voting Bier Garden #1 Bartender Jackson Zoeller

#1 Sports Bar and one of the best in Local Beer Selection

find her at...

the water lily organic salon HAIR CUTS ALL AGES | AMMONIA-FREE HAIR COLOR | FACIALS | MASSAGE | FULL-BODY WAXING AND MORE! ALL DONE IN A RELAXING ENVIRONMENT WITH ALL ORGANIC PRODUCTS

7 B EAVERDAM R D | A SHEVILLE , NC | 828.505.3288

Come in and meet Jackson and enjoy all the big screen tvs and great sports packages. 46 Haywood St. • (828) 285-0002

www.ashevillebiergarden.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

55

lOCal FaShiON dESigNEr

hF!

muSiCal iNSTrumENT ShOP

1. muSiCiaN’S WOrkShOP 319 mErrimON avE. 252-1249 muSiCiaNSWOrkShOP.COm

1. r. BrOOkE Priddy, ShiP TO ShOrE 428-a hayWOOd rOad 242-1378 ShiPTOShOrEShOP.COm

Asheville has no shortage of musicians ... or shops to keep them picking. And like the players who crowd our downtown streets, the quality varies, to put it politely. Musician’s Workshop has been arming local pickers since many of them were in diapers, and its full-service repair services and comprehensive stock room (everything from guitars, banjos and drums to effects pedals, amps and recording equipment) made it the go-to shop for local musicians decades before Best Of WNC voting even existed. — D.S.

The gorgeous bridal gowns Priddy designs for her Ship to Shore label are both ethereal and traditional, incorporating historical elements (such as a scrap of lace from grandmother’s dress) into their romantic and flattering shapes. And if a gal is so lucky as to have a party dress made by the charming designer, she’s sure to mention it’s a Brooke Priddy. Xpress readers vote her into virtual icon status this year. Priddy’s talent extends to luscious fabric art installations; her works have graced galleries from The Artery to the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. — R.S.

2. aCOuSTiC COrNEr 105-F mONTrEaT rOad, BlaCk mOuNTaiN 669-5162 aCOuSTiC-COrNEr.COm 3. ShErWOOd’S muSiC 180 PaTTON avE. 254-0402 ShErWOOdSmuSiC.COm

2. EriN dONNElly, SEW mOE SEWmOE.COm 3. SaraBETh larrimOrE, uNaBaShEd aPParEl 9-d rEEd ST. uNaBaShEdaPParEl.COm

lOCal FOOd/driNk PrOduCT 1. BuChi 484-8229 driNkBuChi.COm The mighty Buchi women take first place for the second year in a row in a fiercely competitive category. And just in time: Our beloved local kombucha brewer has just released Buchi Water, the third flavor of its Elements series. Following the cayenne-and-ginger infused spice of Buchi Fire and the echinacea-infused power of Buchi Air, Buchi Water features coconut water, watermelon and three types of berries. — R.S.

2. luSTy mONk muSTard 645-5056 luSTymONk.COm 3. rOOTS hummuS 232-2828 rOOTSFOOd.COm 3. BEEr EvEryWhErE!

hE SENdS TEXT

JuST likE uS...

lOCal JEWElry dESigNEr

1. diamONd BraNd OuTdOOrS 2623 hENdErSONvillE rOad 459-6262 diamONdBraNd.COm The wild and wondrous mountains of WNC have always drawn outdoor enthusiasts, and for nearly a half-century, Diamond Brand Outfitters has provided the gear to keep adventurous spirits safe, warm and dry. From backpacks, tents, boats and camp supplies to athletic clothing, maps and books, Diamond Brand Outfitters is a priceless trove of gear and expert advice for outdoors-people of all stripes. — D.S.

2. SECONd gEar 444 hayWOOd rOad aNd 15 W. WalNuT ST. 258-0757 aNd 505-8160 SECONdgEarWNC.COm 3. r.E.i. 31 SChENCk ParkWay 687-0918 rEi.COm/STOrES/117

Reprography is an artisan trade, or at least a specialized service, and downtown firm Henco has been printing, binding and drafting in the area for decades. Owned and operated by Asheville natives, Henco serves area architects and engineers; offers document storage and archiving; and provides artist services, such as fine printing, reproduction and mounting.

For Susan West, designer and owner of Blue Goldsmiths, her journey into jewelry-making was not a direct path, either. But with an education in design and experience making furniture for the movie biz, she transitioned into jewelry-making when she moved to Asheville. This is the second time that these two ladies have tied for the title. Who knows, third time’s the jewelry-makers’ charm? — C.B.

2012 BEST OF WNC

hF!

1. hENCO rEPrOgraPhiCS 54 BrOadWay ST. 253-0449 hENCOrEPrO.COm 1. imagE 420 420 hayWOOd rOad 253-9420 imagE420.COm

As co-owner and designer goldsmith at Jewels That Dance (See “Jewelry Store”), Paula Dawkins knows her craft. In fact, she taught herself how to do it. According to her bio, “With a few dollars and a jewelers saw, she cut coin jewelry and her career began.”

56

OuTdOOr-gEar ShOP

PriNT ShOP

1. Paula daWkiNS, JEWElS ThaT daNCE 63 hayWOOd ST. 254-5088 JEWElSThaTdaNCE.COm 1. SuSaN WEST, BluE gOldSmiThS 1 SWaN ST. 277-2583 BluEgOldSmiThS.COm

2. ChriS vaN dykE, vaN dykE JEWElEry 29 BilTmOrE avE. 281-4044 vaNdykEJEWElry.COm 3. JOaNNa gOllBErg JEWElry mOra, 9 W. WalNuT ST. 216-8369 JOaNNagOllBErg.COm 3. SuSaN mariE PhiPPS, SuSaN mariE dESigNS 4 BilTmOrE avE. 277-1272 SuSaNmPhiPPSdESigNS.COm

hF!

The online portfolio for Image 420 screenprinting, a pioneering Haywood Road business, reads like a survey of area culture. The graphics firm has produced posters, T-shirts and other promotional materials for bands, festivals, bike and road races and even Mission Hospitals. According to its website, Image 420 is “based around the belief that screenprinting can be an art form, an advertising media and a vehicle for the growth of any business.” — J.B.

hE SENdS TEXTS

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

2. PriNTvillE 1 PagE avE. aNd 2 TOWN SQuarE Blvd. 225-3777 aNd 348-5121 PriNTvillE.NET 3. graPhiCS FOur 9 BrOadWay ST. 252-2252 3. allEgra aShEvillE 191 CharlOTTE ST. 253-6886 allEgraaShEvillE.COm

THANK YOU ASHEVILLE from

An Extraordinary Experience in Eye Care

The Envision Team would like to thank our fantastic patients for voting us

One of the BEST EYE HEALTH CARE

Centers in WNC! A warm thank you Asheville for voting us as one of the best in the local jewelry designer category! We are delighted to be a part of this community and look forward to many more years serving you. Chris Van Dyke, GG, Proprietor, Kick Butt Jeweler

Our Team of experts pledges to deliver the ďŹ nest in eye health care and client service.

www.myenvisioneyecare.com 180 Charlotte St | Asheville, NC | 828-254-6757

Pack Square Parking Garage 16 Biltmore Ave.

Best Monthly Rate in downtown Asheville. 24 hours / 7 days a week Parking

Most Convenient location (across from Mast General store on Biltmore Ave.)

$90.00/month

$20 off the first

month of parking if you mention this ad! Southeastern Development of NC

828-252-2198

Margaret Dahm

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

57

RECORD SHOP

HF!

1. HARVEST RECORDS 415 HAYWOOD ROAD 258-2999 HARVEST-RECORDS.COM

~ celebrating 14 years ~ we thank you for your continued support

Believe it or not, people still buy music, as West Asheville’s Harvest Records is happy to attest. While other shops in larger markets closed their doors (sadly), our own vinyl haven expanded to provide even more used wax, CDs, rockumentaries, turntable accessories and, most recently, cassettes.

Local music lovers visit the shop as much to chat with the friendly, knowledgeable clerks as to browse the bins, and the relaxed, casual environment is one of the many reasons Harvest Records has become a nationally known record store. — D.S.

2. STATIC AGE RECORDS 110 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 2543232 STATICAGERECORDS.COM 3. KARMASONICS 19 BILTMORE AVE # 102 259-9949

Waynesville, NC • twigsandleaves.com SHOE STORE

HF!

1. TOPS FOR SHOES 27 N. LEXINGTON AVE. 254-6721 TOPSFORSHOES.COM

How often does a shoe store earn tourist landmark status? TOPS, a downtown fixture since the days when there wasn’t much downtown, seems to have become a mustsee destination, renowned for its selection of women’s, men’s and children’s shoes — everything from the savviest Frye boots to the comfiest Danskos, TOPS buyers know what to bring into the store to keep the crowds coming in, both tourists and locals alike. — R.S.

ASHEVILLE GLASS CENTER EXPERIENCE GLASS BLOWING

FARMERS MARKET

HF!

828-505-7110 • www.AshevilleGlass.com 58

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

tery and gifts, some good old-time music and empanadas. All this in the open air, with spirit and good feelings. Why would you shop anywhere else? — R.S.

1. NORTH ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET UNCA CAMPUS NORTHASHEVILLETAILGATEMARKET.ORG

2. ASHEVILLE CITY MARKET (APRIL THROUGH DECEMBER) ASAPCONNECTIONS.ORG/CITYMARKET.HTML

Honestly, people, you don’t have to go inside to grocery shop anymore. The North Asheville Tailgate Market proves this. Go on Saturday to stock up on bread, cheese, meat, fish, vegetables, flowers, coffee, crackers and more. It’s also a place for pot-

3. WEST ASHEVILLE TAILGATE MARKET (APRIL THROUGH NOVEMBER) 718 HAYWOOD ROAD ONHAYWOOD.COM

WINE STORE

Thanks for voting Alex Greenwood and Robert Gardner the top two glass artists in Western NC

2. DISCOUNT SHOES 1266 BREVARD ROAD 667-0085 3. MAST GENERAL STORE 15 BILTMORE AVE. 232-1883 MASTGENERALSTORE.COM 3. FOOT RX 1979 HENDERSONVILLE ROAD 687-2825 FOOTRXASHEVILLE.COM 3. SHOE CARNIVAL 60 S. TUNNEL ROAD 298-8816 SHOECARNIVAL.COM

1. THE WINE STUDIO (CLOSED) 2. HOPS & VINES 797 HAYWOOD ROAD #100 252-5275 HOPSANDVINES.NET Well, the Wine Studio has closed and held its own wake. That makes Hops & Vines the default winner here, and deservedly ...

sometimes we in West Asheville wonder why we can’t always have nice things (do we break them?), but then a store like Hops & Vines comes along to fulfill us. With their excellent selection and free weekend tastings, we appreciate their ensuring our fine times. — R.S.

3. ASHEVILLE WINE MARKET 65 BILTMORE AVE. 253-0060 ASHEVILLEWINE.COM

ting 19 Celebraood times! g f o rs yea

Ashevilleʻs diverse nighmost tclub

then

Wednesdays: Dance Party Downstairs Thursdays: Gong Karaoke feat. Sound Extreme Every Fri/Sat Night : Midnight Drag Showcase & Dance Party Club Metropolis Grand Opening October 13th Ashevilleʼs sexiest night club

now 828-258-2027

38 N. French Broad Ave Wed–Sat • 8–until www.ClubHairspray.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

59

FOLLOW YOUR ART

We thank you for your continued support. Please return to enjoy the fall menu, art exhibitions and spa specials. 11 BOSTON WAY • ASHEVILLE, NC • 828.505.2949 • BOHEMIANHOTELASHEVILLE.COM 60

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK OUR SUPER LOYAL CUSTOMERS, OUR FUNKY TOURISTS, AND OUR PHENOMENAL STAFF FOR YOUR SUPPORT & PATRONAGE!

WE LOVE YOU! WE WOULD ALSO LIKE TO EXTEND OUR INVITATION TO THOSE WHO HAVE YET TO FEAST WITH US.

Thank You Asheville for Voting Us One of the Best Dentists in WNC for the Second Year in a Row!

PEELE DENTAL WELLNESS Scott Peele,

DDS

New Patients Always Welcome

337 Merrimon Ave. Weaverville, NC

828.645.3309

stoneyknobcafe.com

828-274-4747 828-274-4747

1087 Hendersonville Road • Asheville, NC 28803

www.ashevilledentalwellness.com mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

61

KIDS BEST SChOOl (PrE-COllEgE)

1. EvErgrEEN COmmuNiTy CharTEr SChOOl 50 BEll rOad 298-2173 EvErgrEENCCS.COm

says a lot about how The long waiting list to get into ECCS l. The K-8 public schoo this t abou feel ts paren ville Ashe Learning School nary ditio Expe the oys empl l charter schoo intellectual deand cter chara es porat model, which incor onmental and exvelopment with a commitment to envir ers who are pasperiential education. Small classes, teach er category) and Teach Best (see cts subje their t sionate abou the aspects that of few a just are re a motivating atmosphe make this school beloved. — A.F.G.

2. aShEvillE high SChOOl 419 mCdOWEll ST. 350-2500 aShEvillECiTySChOOlS.NET/SChOOlS/ ahS/PagES/dEFaulT.aSPX

! D E N I A L P X E GRAVITY BEST iE) r (T TEaChE

WhiSkErS kNOCkEd OFF By PrOF’S Savvy EXPOSiTiON

graNT hardy

3. iSaaC diCkSON ElEmENTary 125 hill ST. 350-6800 aShEvillECiTySChOOlS. NET/SChOOlS/idE/PagES/dEFaulT.aSPX 3. arTSPaCE CharTEr SChOOl 2030 u.S. highWay 70 298-2787 arTSPaCECharTEr.COm

ROCESS MIND IN P B L OW N OF BEING

“i drOP ThE aPPlE, aNd iT FallS.”

62

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

Thank you to our community for voting us as one of the top three schools in WNC!

Sweetheart, let’s take some beer home. I’ll take you to Bruisin’ Ales, if I can get a new, more stylish tie.

Over 1000 brews of impeccable taste.

Thanks, Asheville! (We love you as much as we love beer.) 1st Place: “Best Beer Store” Best of WNC 2012 3rd Place: “Social Media Personality” Best of WNC 2012 Rated #5 Beer Retailer in the U.S. by RateBeer Best 2012

Congratulations to Patti Evans, 1st grade teacher, for being selected as one of the top three educators in the region.

66 Broadway Street • Downtown Asheville 828-252-8999 • www.bruisin-ales.com @bruisinales

facebook.com/bruisinales

Tuesday-Thursday 12-8 pm | Friday-Saturday 12-9 pm | Sunday 12-4 pm | Closed Mondays

7+$1.<28:1& 7+$1.<28:1&   )RUYRWLQJ7RSVIRU6KRHV )RUYRWLQJ7RSVIRU6KRHV   %HVWVKRHVWRUH 

23(1681'$<6,12&72%(5  23(1681'$<6,12&72%(5  30 

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

63

BEST TEaChEr 1. graNT hardy, hiSTOry aNd rEligiOuS STudiES aT uNC-aShEvillE 1 uNivErSiTy hEighTS uNCa.Edu 1. TONy mElE, EvErgrEEN COmmuNiTy CharTEr SChOOl 50 BEll rOad EvErgrEENCCS.COm

Thanks

for voting us one of the

Best Musical Instrument Shops and, for Swannanoa/ Black Mountain, one of the

Best Local Shops! (828) 669-5162 • 105-F Montreat Road, Black Mountain, NC

Thank You Beary Much for Your Votes!

Come visit soon!

Grant Hardy, professor of history and religious studies, has taught at UNCA since 1994. He specializes in Chinese history, and in addition to teaching the history of Eastern cultures to UNCA students, Hardy has published a number of books and papers — he even has his own Wikipedia page. It’s not surprising that ECCS teacher Mele is one of WNC’s favorite teachers (again — he won in 2011, too). The seventh- and eighthgrade social studies teacher has taught at Evergreen for 11 years, filling hundreds of young minds with the wonders of, and lessons to learn from, world and American history. — A.F.G.

2. WEST WillmOrE, raiNBOW mOuNTaiN ChildrEN'S SChOOl 574 hayWOOd rOad rmCS.Org 3. PaTTi EvaNS, iSaaC diCkSON ElEmENTary SChOOl 125 hill ST. avl.mX/kS 3. ChriS WEavEr, EvErgrEEN COmmuNiTy CharTEr SChOOl 50 BEll rOad EvErgrEENCCS.COm

ClOThiNg: kidS'

hF!

1. liTTlEST BirdS 647 hayWOOd rOad 253-4747 ThEliTTlESTBirdS.COm Another repeat Best of WNC winner, this West Asheville shop offers organic kids’ and baby clothes, and sells children’s consignment wear as well. Littlest Birds focuses on organic, high-quality and locally crafted clothing and accessories, including the softest cloth diapers on the planet. It’s no wonder they have a local following among Asheville’s bohemian, environmentally aware parents. — A.F.G.

Over 60 species of animals including Otters, Bears, Wolves & Cougars Open Daily 10-5 • 828-259-8080 www.wncnaturecenter.com 64

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

2. gOOdWill (variOuS lOCaTiONS) gOOdWillWNC.Org 3. JuST duCky 10 all SOulS CrESCENT aNd 25 millEr ST., WayNESvillE 277-7084 aNd 456-4297 JuSTduCkyOrigiNalS.COm

3. ChildrEN'S TradiNg POST 633 mErrimON avE. aNd 140 airPOrT rOad 254-5432 aNd 684-5438 ChildrENSTradiNgPOST.COm

day CamP 1. ymCa advENTurE CamP ymCaWNC.Org/SummErCamP-iNFOrmaTiON Asheville’s YMCA Adventure Camp is more than just a hike in the woods. A specialty camp for children aged 8 to 17, the extreme adventure camp includes, yes, hiking, but also visits to some of the most awesome swimming holes in the nation and adrenaline-pumping experiences such as white water rafting and zip-lining. There are few things better than affordable summer childcare where your kid comes home both happy and tired. — A.F.G.

2. CamP ruaCh, aShEvillE JEWiSh COmmuNiTy CENTEr 253-0701 JCC-aShEvillE.Org 2. yWCa SummEr CamP yWCaOFaShEvillE.Org 3. hiCkOry NuT gaP Farm CamP SiTES.gOOglE.COm/ SiTE/hiCkOryNuTgaPFarmSummErCamP

dayCarE

hF!

1. aShEvillE JEWiSh COmmuNiTy CENTEr 236 CharlOTTE ST. 253-0701 JCC-aShEvillE.Org Asheville’s Jewish Community Center has won the Best Daycare category every year since it’s been a category. Clearly, we all love the JCC. What’s not to love? Dedicated teachers who love kids and are willing to be with them for hours on end and still smile at the end of the day are, in my opinion, saints. — A.F.G.

2. yWCa 185 S. FrENCh BrOad avE. 254-7206 yWCaOFaShEvillE.Org 3. ChildCarE NETWOrk 330 SardiS rOad aNd 443 WEavErvillE highWay 6709890 aNd 645-2697 ChildCarENETWOrk.COm 3. mOuNTaiN arEa Child aNd Family CENTEr 2586 riCEvillE rOad 298-0808 maCFC.Org

LOVE ASHEVILLE’S GO LOCAL S ’ T I D DIRECTORY ANFREE! IS COMING! Asheville’s buy-local network is growing: Its premier printed directory comes out in December and will detail the special offers that network businesses will be offering in 2013 to Go Local card-carrying shoppers. There is no cost for area businesses to participate, although they must agree to

provide a discount or special incentive when a network customer shows their Love Asheville – Go Local Card. Area residents join the network by purchasing a Go Local card for $15, which is good the entire calendar year. Three local groups are taking the network to the next level: The Asheville Grown Business Alliance, Asheville City Schools Foundation and Mountain Xpress.

N at u ra l

Ba by St ore

Thank You! for voting us #1

Five years in a row!

Your Cloth Diaper and Baby Carrier headquarters Come in for our Customer Appreciation October 19th – 20th

Sale

UP TO 20% OFF STORE-WIDE!

647 Haywood Rd. ~ West Asheville ~ 253-4747

Xpress will publish 40,000 directories in December. The network is only open to independent, locally owned businesses.

ASHEVILLE’S GO LOCAL REVOLUTION JUST GOT BIGGER!

APPLY NOW AT

AVL.MX/KU

AND GET YOUR BUSINESS LISTED IN THE 2013 DIRECTORY. DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS IS OCTOBER 19! mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

65

ThE lighTEr SidE OF CurrENT EvENTS!

ClaSS CuT-uP a hOOT duriNg SOCial STudiES!

BEST iE) r (T TEaChE

TONy m

ENTErTaiNEr

hF!

1. SECrET agENT 23 SkidOO SECrETagENT23SkidOO.COm

WNC parents are pretty darn loyal, that’s for sure. My buddy Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is a perennial local favorite. And he deserves every accolade. The Skidoo’s new album, Make Believers, is family dance-party worthy. The message is as important as the music, and this man gets it right. Plus, he always has his family and other cool local musicians play with him, both on his albums and live. — A.F.G.

2. Billy JONaS BillyJONaS.COm 3. PrOFESSOr WhizzPOP ThEmagiCTOmShOW.COm

66

2012 BEST OF WNC

ElE

HILARITY TO THE MAX

OvErNighT CamP 1. CamP rOCkmONT rOCkmONT.COm This Christian-based overnight camp in Black Mountain offers more than 1,500 boys a chance for outdoor adventure every summer. The camp, located at Lake Eden, was started in 1956, and is the epitome of simple but fun summer camp. — A.F.G.

2. CamP PiSgah CamPPiSgah.Org 3. CamP CElO CamPCElO.COm 3. TruE NaTurE CamP TruENaTurECamP.Org 3. CamP hENry CamPhENry.Org

“hE did COuSiN iTT FrOm ThE addamS Family!”

PlaCE TO ENTErTaiN kidS 1. SPlaShvillE PaCk SQuarE Park PaCkSQuarEPark.Org

Free clean fun: That would be Splashville, down town Asheville’s interactive water fountain. And now there are public bathrooms at Pack Squar e Park. Thank you, city of Asheville, for giving families a place to let kids get wet and burn off some energy during the steamy Southern summers, without having to get out of town. — A.F.G .

2. WNC NaTurE CENTEr 75 gaShES CrEEk rOad 298-5600 WildWNC.Org 3. mOuNTaiN Play lOdgE 3389 SWEETEN CrEEk rOad, ardEN 676-2120 mOuNTaiNPlaylOdgE.COm 3. FuN dEPOT 7 rOBErTS rOad 277-2386 aShEvillEFuNdEPOT.COm

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

TOy STOrE

hF!

1. daNCiNg BEar TOyS 144 TuNNEl rOad aNd 418-N. maiN ST., hENdErSONvillE 800659-8697 daNCiNgBEarTOyS.COm

Action figures? Check. Legos? Chec k. The coolest collection of puppets this side of a Muppets’ set? Check. That’s Dancing Bear Toys . No kid under the age of 80 could walk out of this magical spot without buying something. The locations in Asheville and Hendersonville mean that few children in WNC are ever far from a little bit of independent specialty toy-store goodness. — A.F.G.

2. ThE TOy BOX 793 mErrimON avE. 254-8697 TOyBOXaShEvillE.COm 3. O.P. TaylOr'S 2 TOWN SQuarE Blvd #130 aNd S. BrOad ST., BrEvard 681-1865 aNd 883-2309 OPTaylOrS.COm

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

67

PETS

BRAVE BEAUTICIAN

BRUSHED THE BRAMBLE FOR HOURS

“I WENT THROUGH AN ENTIRE BOX OF COMBS!”

THE APPOINTMENT STARTED AT 9AM!

NEARBY POOCH HAUNTED BY THE SOUNDS OF TUGGED FUR

BEST ER GROOM

RS WAGGE OT P DOG DE

68

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

ig h

tly D y

se a e l P sf u n ction a l Pe op le

rs

.

Sl

Come try our Hungarian Cabbage Rolls! 30 Lodge St., Biltmore Village • 828-277-4121 villagewayside.com

Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am – 11pm Dinner served until midnight Friday & Saturday

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

69

Thanks for voting us

Best Festival

in Hendersonville/ Flat Rock! www.ncapplefestival.org

mountain xpress

FREE EVERY WEDNESDAY

aNimal ShElTEr 1. BrOThEr WOlF aNimal rESCuE 31 glENdalE avE. 505-3440 BWar.Org If the Wampus Cat needed a new home, he would come in from the rugged hills of Appalachia for Brother Wolf Animal Rescue's cozy shelter. BWAR's dogs, cats, kittens and puppies are some of the happiest animals in WNC and any creature, mythical or otherwise, would be lucky to join the crew while waiting for their new families to arrive. This no-kill shelter boasts open runs and plenty of indoor space for pets in search of owners. Whether your new best friend walks on two legs or four, BWAR is determined to find it a new home. — J.N.O.

2. aShEvillE humaNE SOCiETy 14 FOrEvEr FriENd laNE 7612001 aShEvillEhumaNE.Org 3. aNimal COmPaSSiON NETWOrk 803 FairviEW ST. 274-3647 aNimalCOmPaSSiONNETWOrk.Org

EQuiNE FaCiliTy 1. BilTmOrE EQuESTriaN CENTEr BilTmOrE.COm/viSiT/EQuESTriaN The Vanderbilts trotted with the finest horses of their day, and the Biltmore Equestrian Center follows in their hoof prints with 80 miles of trails and forests. BYOH (that’s bring your own horse) for year-round access to some of the region's most stunning countryside. Endurance rides and dressage lessons offer the full equine experience to anyone looking for a beautiful place to ride into the sunset. — J.N.O.

2. hOPE FOr hOrSES 584 N. TurkEy CrEEk rOad 683-0160 hOPEFOrhOrSES.Org 3. hOrSE SENSE OF ThE CarOliNaS 6919 mEadOWS TOWN rOad, marShall 828-683-7304 hOrSESENSEOTC.Org 3. WiNdiNg CrEEk STaBlES 720 Old marShall highWay 337-2250 WiNdiNgCrEEkSTaBlESNC.COm

grOOmEr 1. WaggErS dOg dEPOT 1020 mErrimON avE. 271-4741 WaggErSdOgdEPOT.COm Waggers Dog Depot's pets are some of the best looking animals around. This full-service grooming center offers everything from spa packages and nail trims to special treatments

70

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

just for puppies. Do-it-yourself dog washing stations give budget-conscious owners a chance to get down and dirty with their pets, and Waggers' "hydro surge massaging wash system" is sure to get the mud off any pooch. — J.N.O.

2. ThE SOaPy dOg 270 dEPOT ST. 350-0333 ThESOaPydOg.COm 3. CaNiNE ShEar hEavEN 422 mCdOWEll ST. 254-3386 CaNiNEShEarhEavEN.COm

PET-FriENdly Bar 1. ThE ByWaTEr 796 rivErSidE drivE 232-6967 ByWaTErBar.COm A cute animal is one of Asheville's most effective aphrodisiacs. Nothing says, "Hey, nice to meet you" quite like a frolicking puppy. The Bywater is known for its pet-friendly policy, welcoming dogs of good disposition to wander up to some of the area's most desirable ladies and gentlemen (on a sturdy leash, of course). So grab a drink and bring your dog for an evening of new friends and adorable pets. — J.N.O.

2. WEdgE BrEWiNg COmPaNy 125-B rOBErTS ST. 505-2792 WEdgEBrEWiNg.COm 3. BaTTEry Park BOOk EXChaNgE & ChamPagNE Bar 1 PagE avE. 252-0020 BaTTEry ParkBOOkEXChaNgE.COm 3. ThE alTamONT ThEaTrE COmPaNy 18 ChurCh ST. 348-5327 myalTamONT.COm

PET-FriENdly rESTauraNT 1. uNivErSal JOiNT 784 hayWOOd rOad 505-7262 uJOiNTBar.COm/aShEvillE.hTml Whether your dog likes to meet new people or hover by your feet begging for scraps, Universal Joint's patio turns an average sunny day into a pet party. Firecracker sliders, buffalo chicken salads and house-made veggie burgers are just a few of UJ's dishes that any dog would be happy to watch its owner devour — with hopes they might get a bit or two. — J.N.O.

2. SuNNy POiNT CaFé 626 hayWOOd rOad 252-0055 SuNNyPOiNTCaFE.COm 3. aShEvillE Pizza COmPaNy 77 COXE avE. 255-4077 aShEvillEBrEWiNg.COm

PhỞ R Us

Incredibly Pho-licious!

Vietnamese Noodle Soup

Dine in or Pick-up

828-676-2311 Open 7 days a week 11am - 9pm Skyland Crest Plaza - Near the Post Office 1950 Hendersonville Road #12, Asheville - www.Pho-R-Us.com

MARK LAVIN BROKER

828-777-8085 Ò Thanks to my current and past clients for your support.Ó Mark@AdvocateNC.com Check out AdvocateRealtyNC.com for VIP Buyer & Seller Programs!

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

71

PET-SUPPLY STORE

HF!

D. 1. PETSMART 150 BLEACHERY BLV -5670 298 AND 3 MCKENNA ROAD, ARDEN AND 681-5343 PETSMART.COM

, y sometimes need chew toys Dogs and cats eat ... a lot. The tip the on hers feat with ds wan bones and those little plastic ls. National chain PetSmart to bide the time between mea al shelters to connect its anim area with up s regularly team ng community. If you lovi petl loca the WNC locations with wheel or lizard perch ster ham , can't find the perfect dog bed enough. — J.N.O. hard looking at PetSmart, you might not be

1388 PAT2. PATTON AVENUE PET COMPANY EPET.COM TON AVE. 505-8299 PATTONAVENU MERRIMON 3. ASHEVILLE PET SUPPLY 1451 PLY.COM AVE. 252-2054 ASHEVILLEPETSUP

BEST AN NARI VETERI

WAMPUS’ ASTROLOGICAL SIGN IS...

YOU GUESSED IT

CAPRICORN!

A LITTLE TOO CURIOUS? “IT ALMOST KILLED HIM,” MIRACLE DOC SAYS

SPITAL O H L A ANIM NORTH OF LLE ASHEVI

WAMPUS IS SCARED OF PARROTS “FRANKLY, THEY FREAK ME OUT.”

GET TO E M W O N K RESCUE ORGANIZATION 1. BROTHER WOLF ANIM 31 GLENDALE AVE. 505- AL RESCUE 3440 BWAR.ORG (See Best Animal Shelter)

OUT OF IT!

A RATTLED WAMPUS NAVIGATES

A BLURRED REALITY

72

2012 BEST OF WNC

2. ANIMAL COMPASSION 803 FAIRVIEW ST. 274-36NETWORK ANIMALCOMPASSIONNET 47 WORK.ORG 3. ASHEVILLE HUMANE SO 14 FOREVER FRIEND LANECIETY ASHEVILLEHUMANE.ORG 761-2001

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

VETERINARIAN 1. ANIMAL HOSPITAL OF NORTH ASHEVILLE 1 BEAVERDAM ROAD 253-3393 AHNA.NET

e going to the vet, Dogs and cats seem programmed to dislik makes the hard but the Animal Hospital of North Asheville services begin at iendly pet-fr tal's hospi The . easier little a trip and continue with the front doors (one for dogs, one for cats) and a dedicated care g nursin ur 24-ho thorough routine exams, outfitted surgistaff that genuinely loves animals. Large, fully even the fraidileave ies facilit l denta lized specia and rooms cal . J.N.O — . hands est cats in good

2. CHARLOTTE STREET ANIMAL HOSPITAL 208 CHARLOTTE ST. 232-0440 CHARLOTTESTREETANIMALHOSPITAL.COM 3. PET VET ON PATTON 2 HANSEL AVE. 232-9990 PETVETONPATTON.COM 3. HAW CREEK ANIMAL HOSPITAL 1007 TUNNEL ROAD 298-1678 HAWCREEKANIMALHOSPITAL.COM

THANK YOU FOR VOTING US #1

1 Beaverdam Road at Merrimon Ave.

828-253-3393

ahna.net • Join us on Facebook

Unsurpassed in Caring State-of-the-Art Affordable, Serving all WNC

Fulltime Board Certified Internal Medicine Specialist Gentle 24 Hour Nursing Care for Hospitalized Patients Advanced Dental Care* Dental suite with Digital Xray Asheville’s First AAHA Certified Hospital * Endoscopy Color Flow Doppler Ultrasound * Eklin Digital Xray Laparoscopic Minimally Invasive Surgery and Biopsies Advanced Ear Diagnostics with MedRx Video Otoscopy Therapeutic K-Laser for Arthritis and Wound Healing Gentle Cat Care and Separate Facilities Decrease Stress Thorough Wellness Exams and Preventative Yearly Care Continuous Pain Control Post Surgery * Extended Hours Lots of Hugs and Treats throughout the Hospital!

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

73

WamPuS COmES OuT!

“I’M A SKINNY”

“iT BECamE a FaNTaSTiCal OBSESSiON,” SayS WamPuS aFTEr BEiNg QuESTiONEd ON hiS SPECiES-alTEriNg TuBiNg SuiT BEST PlaCE TO CamP 1. PiSgah NaTiONal FOrEST hikEWNC.iNFO/TrailhEadS/ PiSgah

acres are Pisgah National Forest's 500,000 ds, pristine woo hard g erin tow with rife g waterfalls, rivers and streams, cascadin some of the and s look breathtaking over U.S. And, highest peaks in the eastern s to pitch spot y shad of ty plen rse, cou of d in the ken wee a for in e settl a tent and

CAT’S CRADLE

NINE LIVES, TWO WATERFALLS — Why NOT?

p sites and woods. From well-known grou d flats arke unm , free to s RV campground Highway that spot the gravel roads off the perfect 276, Pisgah National Forest is d backone seas and ilies retreat for fam country campers. — D.S.

2. hOT SPriNgS CamPgrOuNd 622-7676 NChOTSPriNgS.COm 3. davidSON rivEr CamPgrOuNd hTTP://avl.mX/kE

OUTDOORS BikE raCE

1. FlETChEr FlyEr BluEridgEBiCyClECluB.Org 1. FrENCh BrOad CyCliNg ClaSSiC FrENChBrOadCyCliNgClaSSiC.COm

shall and multistage event held in Mar time trail Asheville. With a road race, onal-style and criterium, this professi on's most event is undoubtedly the regi 1,000 than e mor ing draw well-rounded, 00 purse. competitors to vie for the $8,8 — D.S.

2. OFF-rOad aSSualT ON mOuNT miTChEll BluEridgEadvENTurES. r Flye cher Flet the , Now in its ninth year NET/Oramm odating is one of the area's most accomm yet able bike races, offering a comfort aSSaulT ON mOuNT levels — 3. challenging event for all skill hEElErS. (100 mile), miTChEll FrEEW categories include Century tury S Cen iNFO/aSSaulT Half Century (50 mile), Metric (30-miles). (62 miles) and Fletcher Lite cher Flyer 3. hOT dOggETT 100 Organizers describe the Flet C," but as the "least hilly ride in WN ggETT.mhC.Edu scenery hOTdO n ntai mou c ifi "terr the point out bs." without the long mountain clim 3. PiSgah mOuNTaiN cyclists ) More serious (and competitive BikE advENTurE raCE French get their kicks at the annual CTiONS.COm three-day, PiSgahPrOdu Broad Cycling Classic, a

74

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

BEST TuBiNg

FrENCh BrOad rivEr

WhOa!

RiverLink is RiverCentric— working for your French Broad River

JUMP IN! Join RiverLink We would like to thank board members past our donors for

Today! all our 1400 volunteers, and present and all voting us the...

BEST ENVIRONMENTAL GROUP

The Wilma Dykeman RiverWay and all its many spokes in the wheel are happening!

7 years in a row and one of the Best Non-Profits!

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

75

BIKING TRAIL 1. BENT CREEK HEADS/PISGAH/ HIKEWNC.INFO/TRAIL TML PISGAH/BENTCREEK.H

Creek are dering through Bent heville The bike trails mean As m fro e ibl ess ily acc well-maintained, eas en for novice riders. That ev y, eas and relatively steep climbs o feature enough said, the paths als vanced ridad re mo ep ke to ns and technical sectio avy work he n see ve ha e trails miles of ers on their toes. Th 15 n tha re e, with mo over the past decad generations to t tha g rin su en paths resurfaced, the forests opportunity to ride come will have the S. of Bent Creek. — D.

ALL ZIPPED UP!

ST 2. DUPONT STATE FORE OM .C DUPONTFOREST AREA 3. TSALI RECREATION HTTP://AVL.MX/B2

FOOT RACE 1. ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES HALF MARATHON BLOGS2.CITIZEN-TIMES. COM/RACE The Asheville Citizen-Times Half Marathon round s all the corners: scenic views, historic neighborhoods, the bustle of downtown and even tranquil Beaver Lake. Each mile of the course features a comfort station with water (sports drinks and snacks are available as racers progr ess) and a host of medical staff is situated throughout the event in case of emergency. Not sure you're up to the task? Organizers have included a walker-friendly 5K for less ambitious runners and the free Earth Fare Ketchup Run — the last 1.1 miles of the main race — for kids. — D.S.

2. BELE CHERE 5K ASHEVILLETRACKCLUB.ORG 3. THE BEARWALLOW BEAST 5K TRAIL RUN BEARWALLOWBEAST.COM

3. SUPERHERO 5K

76

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

CANOPY / ZIP-LINE TOUR 1. NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES 242 POVERTY BRANCH ROAD, BARNARDSVILLE 626-3700 NAVITAT.COM With more than a mile of suspended cables towering up to 200 feet about the Blue Ridge Mountains, Navitat Canopy Adventures offers a true bird’s-eye view of the WNC region. The 3.5-hour tour includes 10 zip-lines, two suspended bridges, two rappels and three short hikes, along with a focus on conservation and education, ensuring patrons touch down with a greater understanding of the diverse mountain ecology. — D.S.

2. ASHEVILLEZ IPLINE CANOPY ADVENTURES 866-699-2402 ADVENTUREAMERICAZIPLINECANOPYTOURS.COM/AZCT.HTML 3. NANTAHALAG ORGE CANOPY TOURS 866-6992402 ADVENTUREAMERICAZIPLINECANOPYTOURS.COM/ NGCT.HTML

AHHH!

CATERWAULING WAMPUS RIDES THE LIGHTNING LIKE A LION

G et

rea

dy

fo r

san

dals next spring

!

Revolutionary Laser Technology That Clears As seen on Toenail Fungus. We use only FDA cleared laser for nail fungus!

Proven P Pr roven Clinical Results Results Re l • No Anes Anesthesia e th t es e iia Ne Needed eded d rmful UV Radiation R diation Ra d Q k & Safe Saffe • N Sa No D rugs gs or or Si SSide ide Eff E fectts No Harmful • Quick Drugs Effects

$50 $50 discount discount with withthis thisad! ad! for this treatment only.

Expires Dec. 31, 2012

Call today to schedulee a consultationn

(828.254.5371)

Daniiell Wal Daniel W Waldman, alldm dman, m , DPM, FA F FACFAS CFA F S

Board B d Certified C ifi d Foot F S Surgeon urgeon g •B Blue llue Ridg Ridge dge Foot F Center C Centers rs 246 Biltmore Avenue • Asheville, NC

ToeNailHelp.com Stop concealing the problem.

cosmetic treatment not covered on health insurance (maybe covered with HSA)

more info on the web at

(embarrasing & ugly toenail fungus)

Toenail before Tx

Toenail 5 months after laser treatment

Don’t wait! Call Asheville’s own Dr. Waldman for the affordable solution as seen on WLOS News and News 14 Charlotte. Dr. Waldman lectures and trains other doctors on this treatment.

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

77

HIKE WITH A VIEW 1. MAX PATCH BALD LOCALHIKES. COM/HIKES/MAXPATCH_0480.ASP

lar outMax Patch is one of the area’s most popu feet above door destinations. At more than 4,000 ides stunsea level, the 350-acre grassy bald prov ell to the ning panoramic views of Mount Mitch s to the ntain Mou y Smok t Grea the north and areas to ne pristi of ns south, along with doze lachian Appa the on ted Loca e. loung or camp

HIKING TRAIL

an hour Trial in Madison County, approximately is perfect from downtown Asheville, Max Patch taneous for all-day excursions, or even the spon a camera. bring to sure be Just c. picni oon aftern — D.S.

2. CRAGGY GARDENS HIKEWNC. INFO/TRAILHEADS/PARKWAY/GUIDEDHIKES/CRAGGYGARDENS.HTML 3. BLACK BALSAM HIKEWNC.INFO/TRAILHEADS/ PISGAH/PISGAH/BLACK.HTML

towns. And the best part? Some of its best sections are located in Asheville's backyard, accessible from the Folk Art Center trailhead. — D.S.

1. MOUNTAINS-TO-SEA TRAIL NCMST.ORG From short afternoon hikes to weeks-long adventures through the backcountry, the Mountainsto-Sea Trail offers one of the most diverse and expansive trails in the Southeast. Although the full trail (a 1,000-mile path stretching from Clingman's Dome in the Great Smoky Mountains to North Carolina's Outer Banks) is still under construction, more than 500 miles already crisscross towering hardwood forests, churning mountain rivers, low-lying swamps and historic rural

PADDLE/KAYAK/ RAFTING COMPANY 1. NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER 888-905-7238 NOC.COM

ture, If you can dream up an outdoor adven you. Nantahala Outdoor Center is ready to take sevFrom whitewater rafting and kayaking (on bikto ) rivers nown best-k east's South the en of ing, hiking, ropes courses, National Parks tours, train rides and international excursions, NOC has a hand in it all. Prefer to go it alone? NOC al, staff offer instruction in wilderness surviv ine paddling, water rescue, wilderness medic lovand a variety of other disciplines suited for ers of the outdoors. — D.S.

2. APPALACHIAN TRAIL NPS.GOV/APPA/INDEX.HTM 3. ART LOEB TRAIL HIKEWNC. INFO/TRAILHEADS/PISGAH/LONGDISTANCE/ARTLOEB.HTML 3. GRAVEYARD FIELDS HIKEWNC.INFO/TRAILHEADS/PISGAH/PISGAH/GRAVEYARD.HTML

2. FRENCH BROAD RAFTING EXPEDITIONS 9800 U.S. HIGHWAY 25/70, MARSHALL 800-570-7238 FRENCHBROADRAFTING.COM 3. ASHEVILLE ADVENTURE RENTALS 704 RIVERSIDE DRIVE 505-7371 ASHEVILLEADVENTURERENTALS. COM 3. ASHEVILLE OUTDOOR CENTER 521 AMBOY ROAD 232-1970 PADDLEWITHUS.COM

SWIMMING HOLE

2. NOT TELLING

3. SLIDING ROCK 1. SKINNY DIP FALLS ASHEVILLENC.COM/AREA_ HIKEWNC.INFO/TRAILHEADS/ INFO/ SWIMMING_HOLES PARKWAY/GUIDEDHIKES/ SKINNYDIPFALLS.HTML

OUTDOOR ADVENTURE COMPANY 1. NANTAHALA OUTDOOR CENTER 13077 WEST HIGHWAY 19, BRYSON CITY 800-2327238 NOC.COM

the Nantahala Outdoor Center is one of -air region’s original stewards of open n fun. Founded in 1972, NOC has grow awith the industry itself, and offers educ tional programs and skills training along le” with the “raft, hike, pedal and padd rdadventures for which it’s famous. Acco

TUBING 1. FRENCH BROAD RIVER Peek over the Craven Street bridge on any warm summer afternoon and you're sure to see a flotilla of tubes dotting the French Broad River. Easily accessible from town, with put-ins and take-outs every half-mile or so, floating the French Broad can be a halfhour break from the heat or an all-day cruise down the slow-moving waters. River-side destinations like the Wedge Brewery and The Bywater provide

d ... ing to the NOC website, “It all starte was with three friends who knew there and something special about this place, t something magical about the time spen .” in the river, in the hills and on the trails — J.B.

2. NAVITAT CANOPY ADVENTURES 242 POVERTY BRANCH ROAD, BARNARDSVILLE 626370 NAVITAT.COM 3. ASHEVILLE ADVENTURE RENTALS 704 RIVERSIDE DRIVE 505-7371 ASHEVILLEADVENTURERENTALS.COM even more reason to finish a summer day with a relaxing ride downstream. — D.S.

2. GREEN RIVER GREEN RIVER COVE TUBING, 5200 GREEN RIVER COVE ROAD, SALUDA 828-749-3781 GREENRIVERTUBING.COM 3. ZEN TUBING 1648 BREVARD ROAD 855936-8823 ZENTUBING.COM

“SEE YOU NEXT WEEK!!!!” — WAMPUS

Thanksforforvoting votingforforme measasone BEST EALTOR in the Thanks of theRB EST REALTORS XPRESS BestBest of 2012 Contest. inMOUNTAIN the MOUNTAIN XPRESS of 2012 Contest

Think of Me When Your Friends Want to Call Asheville Home.

Katherine Kaderabek 78

2012 BEST OF WNC

828.712.1334 • katherine@beverly-hanks.com

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com

mountainx.com • OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012

2012 BEST OF WNC

79

80

2012 BEST OF WNC

OCTOBER 10 - OCTOBER 16, 2012 • mountainx.com


Mountain Xpress, October 10 2012