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“The best shrimp poor boy outside Louisiana.”
Review of Mayfel's

Mayfel's
Ranked #49 of 793 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $25
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Reservations
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Description: Serving traditional Louisiana and Southern cuisine in the heart of downtown Asheville for over 13 years. Offering breakfast, lunch, and dinner 5 days a week. Enjoy a made-from-scratch meal in our eclectic, lively dining room, our patio overlooking Pritchard Park, or our seasonal courtyard, one of Asheville's best kept secrets. We also offer beer, wine, and cocktails. And feel free to bring the pooch along!
Erwin, Tennessee
Level 5 Contributor
60 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“The best shrimp poor boy outside Louisiana.”
Reviewed September 11, 2013

My wife and I visited Mayfel's on a Monday at 5:30, a great time to go .No.happy hour, but all bottles of wine are half price. On Thursdays micro brews are $3,and a Bloody Mary bar on Saturday and Sunday. Charlotte and I were met outside the door by the hostess who offered us a choice of seating. Out side dinning, inside the restaurant or in the courtyard. The weather was perfect and we chose the courtyard. Dog are allowed outside and in the courtyard. Several were present, all very well mannered We decided to share a bowl of gumbo with sausage, chicken, okra, tomatoes and rice. A shrimp poor boy with coleslaw and remoulade sauce on bread from Gambino's Bakery in New Orleans. We also ordered "Mama Mayfel's Meatloaf" with fried okra, mashed potatoes, and cornbread. With all bottles of wine at half price we selected Lucky Star Peno Noir for 11 bucks. The gumbo was very good, perfectly seasoned.The poor boy was excellent, the best I ever had outside Louisiana. The meatloaf was a little disappointing but still good and the mashed potatoes were great.The restaurant was not crowded and the service was outstanding. The servers need a dress code and the courtyard could some loving care. Overall a very good dinning experience .

  • Visited September 2013
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Atlanta, Georgia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Indifferent”
Reviewed September 11, 2013 via mobile

Had high hopes but the service was haphazard and indifferent. Redeeming factor was the food. It was really good with generous portions. Preferred Tupelo Honey Cafe - even with the long wait.

  • Visited July 2013
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South Florida, Florida
Level 6 Contributor
87 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Sooo glad we got to eat here !!”
Reviewed September 9, 2013

We were one of the Tupelo Honey overflow and boy we were glad we tried. Our wait wasn't long at all, and we were half way through our lunch when Tupelo texted that our table was ready, One of our guest tried the Bloody Mary bar and were thrilled, the rest had mimosas..
Everything we had was delicious, we were all happy that we ended up at Mayfel's and would definitely recommend and go back !!!

  • Visited September 2013
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Archdale, North Carolina
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Sad Excuse for a restaurant”
Reviewed September 8, 2013

The ONLY reason this place is in business is from the overflow that comes from Tupelo Honey's. We were there on a Sunday, trying to get a bite to eat on our way out of town. We were told the wait would be 10 minutes, which turned into 30. Not a great start, but still hopeful at this point. Hopeful that once we were seated that it would be a different story. Unfortunately, this was not the case. We were seated and not even acknowledged for over 25 minutes. Finally, we stopped a waitress and asked if someone as going to wait on us. This is a restaurant, not a cafeteria! She said " I'm really busy and I'll be back". She came back and asked" What do you want to drink?'. No apologies, nothing. At this point were pretty upset and she clearly didn't care. We asked to speak to the manager. Our server then informed us that he was working in the kitchen to which we replied "that's nice, can you please get him, we would like to speak with him". Our server returned and said "sorry, but he said he was too busy to come out". With that statement and treatment, we left. We even called the restaurant after returning home to speak with the owner, who never could take our call. So, it is without a doubt that the owner, managers, and staff do not care! This was in our top 3 of worst experiences EVER! I would give this place a 0 if I could. Go have breakfast at the Corner Kitchen, it is wonderful and the Cecil family eats there.

  • Visited August 2013
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San Francisco, California
Level 6 Contributor
121 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“charm and yum”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

we couldn't wait at tupelos because I was stomach growling starved. I saw several tables clear out of mayfels so quickly popped next door and pt our name in. we were told 30 minutes but had a table in 15. the hostess was the sweetest. it was a really busy day in town, I could easily tell it had been nonstop for some time, she was apologizing and yet cheerful to all. I gave her our signature tootsie pop and told her she was the most graceful hostess we have seen in a very long time; thought she was going to cry, very touching. The smokey the trout appetizer was really big and soooooooooooooo yummy. We also ordered an oyster po boy so that would duplicate the bread. I quickly put the trout and bread away for tomorrow's lunch but not before we tried some. WOW. really smoky and u can tell it's trout. delicate yet strong. LOVED it. I always carry zip locks so I packed the spread between bread and then put the rest of the bread in another ziploc. discreet w/o a big to go box. what a GREAT taste the next day-great for a solid nosh. The oyster po boy was also quite yummy, and the sweet potato fries were faboo.

Visited August 2013
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