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“A Gem in Asheville”
Review of Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey
Ranked #30 of 781 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American, Contemporary
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Good for: Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Our Southern dishes and libations are served with a creative twist and a smile, and we serve our guests nothing that we wouldn't want on our own supper table. When we play with our food (and we think it's okay), the result is scrumptious. We're rooted in the Mountain South, and our menu is inspired by time-honored traditions: pickling and frying, canning and preserving, and utilizing seasonal produce and ingredients to prepare delicious, scratch-made creations.
Lakeland, Florida
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“A Gem in Asheville”
Reviewed August 25, 2013

My wife and I were visiting Asheville for a business trip, and we got to mix in a little fun too. The bar tender (Carlos... an awesome guy) at the Crowne Plaza made a few great recommendations to us, so we tried out Tupelo Honey.

We were not disappointed at all. The vibe in this place seems to reverberate the eclectic energy that is Asheville. There are servers, busser's, chef's and greeters/hosts all moving at a frenetic pace, all with positive, upbeat excitement. The energy is palpable... and it was 2:30 PM on a Friday afternoon. Wow. This is a place you just want to be in.

Service was outstanding...friendly, knowledgeable, efficient. The menu is large, and inventive. Great sourcing of local ingredients to be sure. While sitting there we saw someone walk through the restaurant and into the kitchen with a clear plastic bag of large trout filets. These were not frozen, just on ice, and were no doubt fresh.

My wife had the 'Southern Fried Chicken Saltimbocca with Country Ham and Mushroom Marsala' and I had the 'Not Your Momma's Meatloaf'. If I'm being honest, while everything else about this place is a 5 out of 5, I'd have to give the food we had a 3.5 to 4. My meatloaf was nothing spectacular and neither was the dish my wife had. I am a grit cake lover, so we tried their grit cakes as an appetizer. It tasted like a cornmeal batter, but the crust was too thick and hard... and, well, 'corny' tasting. The grits inside were just okay, lacking flavor. The hot sauce on the outside, is HOT, so be careful if you try this dish. The sauce, at least to me, did not bring anything exciting to the dish. We also tried the Chicken & Dumpling Soup. The soup lacked the depth of flavor you always hope for in this soup, and the dumplings were too thick and doughy.

All in all, this is a great local place that is worth the trip if you are in Asheville.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Fun dinner”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

We visited Tupelo in South Asheville. Very good service, good food. We had reservations and were seated within acceptable wait time. Not sure that we would have stood in a line for the experience downtown but it was a convenient restaurant in the suburbs.

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“Surprising”
Reviewed August 23, 2013

For a chain Tupelo in Asheville is a surprising twist. People that feel totally local and food that has been well thought out. It's filling, but tasty and the drinks are a hoot.

  • Visited August 2013
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“Terrific food!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Went here for lunch with my family while in vacation. Extremely crowded! What a variety of delicious food on that menu! We waited a good 45 minutes for our food but enjoyed the complimentary scratch biscuits with jam and local honey while we waited. Our food and tea were wonderful! A little expensive but you get what you pay for... This is an awesome place!

  • Visited August 2013
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“Great!”
Reviewed August 21, 2013 via mobile

Great food! The locals told us to come here so we decided to give it a try! We had the sweet potato pancakes, goat cheese grits & an omelette...everything was yummy!!!

  • Visited August 2013
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