The bottom line – order the small plates, bring ear plugs, visit when the weather is nice.
Visited twice in last month – a Saturday and Wednesday night.
The atmosphere is hip and very Asheville. As one reviewer noted, Ben's has lots of outdoor seating and interesting landscaping.
Hostess – nice.
Service – good, except we had to ask for napkins & utensils after we had gotten our food.
Music – very loud and good. After someone complained, they turned it down but still loud ( & I'm a hard rock fan!). They played new & old alternative. I noticed a couple of Clash songs in the mix.
Busy place even on Wednesday night and some rain.
Order the small plates (appetizers) then go to one of the million eating places within walking distance of Ben's for your main course. I ordered the large plate shrimp dish at $20.00, very disappointing – noodles with some shrimp thrown in. The Cave-Aged Cabot Cheddar small plate was very good. The $6.00 brownie looked great; but, it was very disappointing, also.
Beer selection is just adequate for an establishment in Beer City USA. Only 6 on tap. Generous selection of sake. Mother's mixed drink was excellent.
On Wednesday, the music was Surf Rock and great. Small plates – Japanese Fried Chicken $8.00 nicely done, just the right amount of breading and good sauce. Tempeh Yakitori $5.00 had Saturday also, this time the sauce was overpowering and had to dip the Tempeh in my Japanese Chicken sauce – just right.
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