We tried The Walk on Haywood Road this evening. Loved the way the owners have done the renovation of the old Rocket Club location across from The Admiral -- brick walls, high ceilings, garage-type doors on two sides that open to let in the mountain air. And I enjoyed the West Asheville vibe.
Contrary to some other reviews, we found the service excellent -- friendly and prompt.
The food? So-so. The fried chicken livers special ($8) that we had as an appetizer were a little heavy on the cornmeal. My 6 oz. Hickory Nut Gap burger ($9 with a side of fries) wasn't the best cheeseburger in Asheville that I've been searching for, but the fries were excellent. My wife's shrimp po-boy ($9.50 with a side of sauteed kale) also was just okay.
With one appetizer, two entrees each with a side, a glass of wine and one draft microbrew and tax, the tab came to around $38 plus my usual generous tip.
With the juke box blaring, two pool tables going, the place full and the Alabama-Texas A&M game on the huge screen, it was LOUD. Definitely not a place for a quiet talk.
All in all, I wasn't totally knocked out, but I liked the atmosphere and service, and I would come back for bar snacks and a brew.
I debated between three and four stars and went with four because I'd like to my little part to see places like this succeed in West Asheville.