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“Interesting Mix”
Review of The Corner Kitchen

The Corner Kitchen
Ranked #18 of 800 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Dining style: Casual Dining
Cross street: All Soul's Crescent
Description: Lots of places do Farm to Table, the difference is what happens in between.
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The good, the bad and the cold. We ate here three times in three days so we obviously like this place. We ate breakfast here twice because breakfast is wonderful, affordable and it was very close to our hotel. Love the corned beef hash with poached eggs and highly recommend. Dinner......hmmm. That's was a mixed bag. While we loved our table and server, the service was spotty and they couldn't quite get things right. The bread came late, the beef went back for a little more cooking and the sides were barely lukewarm. Their food is good but they need to get their rhythm down. There were too many misses for the evening meal and so while we would come back and when they get the food right it is really right they need to fine tune the operation.

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Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

We came to Asheville for a girls weeked and decided to check out Corner Kitchen. There were 10 of us and we were sat right away. Our server was very friendly. Our food came hot and fast. I had an omlette and the cheese fried grits and they were amazing. I highly reccommend Corner Kitchen!

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Reviewed July 27, 2013

Ate here twice in the week we recently spent in Asheville. We lucked into a table or the counter both times without reservations. Food was excellent and staff friendly and attentive, Good choice of items on menu as well as brews and wines, We had 4 different dishes and all were excellent both times here, especially seafood dishes. Prices reasonable for quality of dishes.

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Thank BjFDamascus_Maryland
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Reviewed July 27, 2013

A little embarrassing to take California family to this restaurant. It took 20 mintues to advise that they were out of what one person in our party ordered. Then all the food is held resulting in cold steak and fries that are overcooked and cold and or have been sitting too long. Fries tasted like they came out of a can. Took the time to write a letter stating the facts and no response. Won't go back.

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Reviewed July 26, 2013

Our last night in Asheville we decided to eat close to our apartment rental. We did not want to venture far or into downtown due to the Belle Chere festival. I had viewed trip advisor and seen the good reviews. Someone even referred to this restaurant as a "Farm to Table". Please note serious food diners.....This is not a farm to table style restaurant. They state they change their menu every week, however , that is not farm to table. The menu was a joke. It was at best a 1989 chain restaurant menu. Really immature style and no creativity. We knew as soon as we sat and read the menu we were in trouble. We both had one starter, a sad little salad ( shreaded lettuce no doubt with three stands of onion and a few nuts) and the calamari which was described as a having a jerk flair ( was topped with canned jalapanos ) and a glass of wine. We politely paid the bill and ran out as fast as we could. We left all of the food on the plates after two bites and went to Rezaz's down the street. The waiter was very friendly as so the hostess that greated us upon arrival.

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AshevilleNative139, Owner at The Corner Kitchen, responded to this reviewResponded July 28, 2013

Hi - and thank you for taking the time to write a review for us. We always like hearing from restaurant professionals, as I see you are from your profile. In your review, you wrote about a couple of things. One was the idea of farm to table. We take that to mean that, when a restaurant can, they source food from local farms, dairies and other vendors. It doesn't limit us to a certain style of food when we create our menus, however.

For us, it means using items like the following (these were on one or all of our menus the day you dined with us): local heirloom tomatoes (we buy the total output of a local farm each year), trout (from a local trout farm that has been raising trout for over fifty years), stone-ground grits, eggs (delivered 2-3 days a week from a farm seven miles away), cheeses, jam, steaks (from fifty miles away - not a lot of cattle farms any closer than that), ground beef, pork, herbs (including those from our garden right outside our door here at Corner Kitchen), mushrooms, beans and honey. I am missing a couple of other items, but you get the idea. We are also supporters of ASAP, the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project, and it's farmers.

As the seasons change, the items we use from local farms change as well, and during some seasons, most notably winter, we must use items that are not local. However, if it can be sourced locally, we try to use it.

In addition to buying from local farms, we make all sauces, dressings, desserts (except for one gluten free dessert) chips, and several of our beverages in-house.

From your review, it sounds like you did not have the chance to really eat more than a couple of bites with us. I wish you had. I would have liked to hear about specific flavors, textures and whether you liked or disliked any of our entrees.

As to the items you ordered, the Village Green Salad is indeed lettuce and the pickled onions on it are a garnish, and they are pickled right here in our kitchen. The jalapenos are not from a can, but cut fresh by our executive chef as he makes each plate of calamari. If you happen to get a seat at the chef's bar, you can watch him do it all night (among other things, of course). He is also the person that carries the heirloom tomatoes in to the restaurant each day. They come from his farm.

In closing, I apologize that you did not enjoy your meal with us. (Rezaz is a great restaurant, however, and he is a good friend, so I'm glad you found your way over there). We work hard to make sure that everyone feels welcome and that the food we serve is as fresh and delicious as possible. We would love to have you try it when you come back through Asheville again.

Regards,
Kevin Westmoreland

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