Saturday, March 28, 2009

Corner Kitchen, Asheville



This is one of my favorite restaurants. I love the location - in the Biltmore Village in one of the original Victorian homes that were built for the Estate workers. The building is over 100 years old and had been lovingly restored by the owners.

The kitchen is wide open so you can see the care and expertise that goes into your meals. There is seating in a parlor room to your right, some seating in front of the kitchen and then in a glass porch with a bar on the far left of the house. Outside in warm weather a small courtyard has seating under umbrellas. I prefer the glass porch or outside. Upstairs there are smaller rooms for overflow or private parties.

We arrived in time for Sunday Brunch. The wait staff is friendly, charming and very attentive but not overly so. Brunch offers salads, meat dishes and waffles along with egg dishes. I ordered the cream cheese omelet with potatoes. My friends ordered the make your own omelet. We all enjoyed our entrees and would have stayed for dessert (I highly recommend their homemade desserts, especially the souffles) but we had a schedule to keep. Alcohol is only served after noon on Sunday so if you want a drink with Brunch, go later in the day.

The food is fresh, using local produce when possible. I would call the menu eclectic southern - lots of traditional southern favorites with a new twist. Breakfast on weekdays features pancakes, eggs and fruit dishes ranging from $5 - $8 per entree. Lunch consists of sandwiches, salads, burgers and their special chicken pot pie which my mother loved. Prices range from $5 to $9. The dinner menu changes weekly and will include items like meatloaf, Mahi Mahi and steak fillet. Prices top off at $25 per entree but start at about $4 for soup. Brunch prices start out at $5 and goes up to $13 for the entrees.

We have eaten here for a number of years and take everyone here when they visit us. We have never had a less than perfect experience so do check it out.

The Corner Kitchen, located at 3 Boston Way in Biltmore Village, is open for breakfast and lunch Monday - Saturday: 7:30am - 11 and 11:30am - 3pm. Dinner is served everyday from 5pm on. Brunch is offered on Sunday from 9am until 3.

For more info and to make reservations (a must) call 828.274.2439. Their web site offers a look at the menus at www.cornerkitchen.com.

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