Asheville is a small city in the western N.C. mountains that has more good restaurants than just about any other comparably sized city in the South. Bouchon is one of the best. it's a small, charming French bistro-style restaurants located in a funky strip of shops and restaurants on the north end of downtown. The all- you-can-eat mussels specials they have once or twice a week are well worth any wait you might have for tables. The braised meat dishes are also good. and the pomme frites are, as you'd expect at a French bistro, excellent. the creme broulee desserts are fabulous, too - you can get a sampling of four or five mini-ramikins, each with a different, unexpectedly delicious flavor. We like the saffron, rosemary and lavender creme broulees best. but they all are good. the only cautionary note is: on the busiest nights, the kitchen staff seems to get overwhelmed at times, and the wait for food is longer than a hungry patron might like. if you're a hurry, go somewhere else. bouchon is the type of place to go when you have the time to enjoy a hearty, well prepared French meal in a romantic (but not fussy) restaurant.
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