Our neighbors recommended Ambrozia so we tried it last night and some of our neighbors were there (different ones). I guess this must be a neighborhood kind of place, but with clear aspirations to be a culinary destination. It is an interesting setup -- two storefronts with the kitchen in one, visible from the street, and the dining area and bar in the other. We arrived relatively early, around 7:00 p.m., and the clientele was older neighborhood types. When we left the crowd was younger and more likely to be Asheville visitors. Service was quite pleasant albeit a little slow. First the wine. They had a nice selection and prices were moderate. Our server brought out an amuse-bouche for all that was light and fruity. Nice touch. The food -- we all ordered different dishes -- was good. Between us we had a cheese board, arugula salad, popovers with pimento cheese, stuffed pork loin, shrimp and grits, scallops and vegetarian enchiladas with mole sauce. Quite a range. Everyone cleaned their plates -- a good sign. The big winners were the scallops and pork loin. Too full for dessert, we waddled out, thinking that Ambrozia was a good value for creative cuisine.
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