The Village Wayside Bar & Grille is a lovely place to have lunch after exploring Biltmore Village. My husband and I opted to eat outside as the lovely October Asheville weather beckoned us. The tables and chairs are metal patio furniture. The seats were comfortable and the setting was very nice with their lush plants growing in nearby containers.
We were in the mood for some appetizers thus we opted for the Texas Brisket Sliders. The owner is from the Lone Star State thus he really knows how to make great brisket! Our three beef brisket sliders topped with Cheerwine BBQ sauce was a great and pleasant surprise. The beef was tender and lean. We were a little hesitant about the Cheerwine, but it was perfect. Both of us agreed that the next time we came here, we would get the beef brisket entrée. It was that good! The sliders were served with hand cut French Fries. They were crispy, with just the right amount of salt.
Our second appetizer was their Beer-Battered Onion Ring Basket. The Village Wayside Bar & Grille uses sweet Vidalia onions that are, hand dipped in French Broad Gateway Kolsch (An Asheville microbrewed beer) batter. Despite the heavy amount of batter, we found the onion rings to be better than most. The main reason for liking them was that it was not dripping with oil like many restaurants’ onion rings.
The appetizers were washed down with local microbrewed beer that was on tap. The local beer selection is rather limited, but we were able to find an Asheville beer that we liked.
For desert, we had a decadent triple layer cake that was very popular among the patrons. We were fortunate to get the last piece. It was made with pumpkin cheesecake by one of the restaurant’s bakers. This is rather surprising as many restaurants have a bakery or someone else make it for them.
You will find this a nice place to go. The biggest problem may be the parking situation. Biltmore Village is very popular on the weekends thus finding a spot can take some time – probably long enough to work up an appetite.
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