Monday, October 3, 2011

Tupelo Honey Café: UPDATED

UPDATE 3: I've been my second tour of the South recently, starting in Asheville, NC.  While I was in Asheville I hit up some of my regular favorites like Tupelo Honey and will definitely be updating some of my previous posts; I also took a day trip to Greenville, SC with my sister and her boyfriend on her birthday and while there walked through the beautiful Falls Park on the Reedy.

This time we visited Tupelo Honey's second location in Asheville.  I was excited to hear that Tupelo now has a full gluten free menu available and quickly decided on the Catfish with grits.  They also had a great flourless chocolate cake for dessert and, as my motto goes, "No dessert left behind."  Both the catfish with grits and the flourless chocolate cake were good; however I definitely preferred the shrimp and grits that I previously ordered at Tupelo and the apple pie dessert that was featured last time.

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UPDATE 2:  When my parents arrived in Asheville we started planning our meals together.  They were dying to check out my sister's employer, so we scratched The Admiral from our list (see ya next time!) and I made a second visit to Tupelo.  For my parents it was a special treat; for me it was a chance to check out more of the restaurants gluten free options.  This time around I ordered the shrimp and goat cheese grits.  I was thinking about going back to the Cajun Skilled Catfish, but what's the fun in that?  The shrimp and grits were outstanding!  I was a big fan of Tupelo's grits after my first experience with them (read above for my full reaction) and decided to go back for more.  The dish was served with a spicy red pepper sauce and was absolutely phenomenal.  I also tried the Raspberry Sour Patch Fizz with Luksusowa Vodak which was fantastic.  For dessert I ordered up the gluten free apple pie dessert and was astounded by how great it was.  I can't remember the last time I had apple pie, much less a delicious and gluten free apple pie!

As the waitress at Tupelo said -- "Go ahead; lick the plate."

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I recently had the chance to visit my sister in Asheville, North Carolina.  She moved down in July and I've been clamoring to visit ever since; people everywhere have told me what a great city it is.  Well I've finally had the chance to visit and can say that it's terrific!  I'm blogging from a great internet café here in Asheville  and am impressed by the friendliness of the people here.

Last night, after I arrived, we headed to the restaurant where my sister works: Tupelo Honey Café.  There was a twenty-minute wait, which my sister told me is normal because it's a popular restaurant in Asheville's downtown area.  We sat in the back of the restaurant with a raucous group of women who were also waiting for their tables.  I briefly perused the drink menu and was happy to see that the restaurant offered to make many of its drinks with potato vodka.  I haven't had a great vodka drink in a long time but, when I saw those options, I knew I had to order one.  You can check out the drink menu here.

We were eventually seated and soon after I inquired about the gluten free menu.  The hostess brought over a typed-up paper which detailed the restaurant's gluten free options.  I ordered the Cajun Skillet Catfish and, as my drink, Jamie's Hard Lemonade.  It was a tough decision for me between the Cajun Skillet Catfish and the Grilled Cheese on gluten free bread with a side of tomato soup, but I ultimately went with the catfish -- I'm not much of a grilled cheese fan, I guess.

The drink and the hard lemonade were both excellent!  It's been a long time since I had a hard lemonade and this one definitely hit the spot -- not too sweet and not too alcoholic.  The Catfish was excellent as well and served with grits.  This was my first experience with grits; my sister was nervous to have me order some of the other dishes that heavily featured grits.  But I figured that if Britney Spears likes grits, how could I not?  The restaurant served the grits in a way so they had a consistency that is similar to polenta, one of my favorite foods.

I loved Tupelo Honey Café; they also brought me over some Rudi's bread and jam before my meal while my sister snacked on the restaurant's signature biscuits.  I am excited to continue my eating tour through Asheville!  More posts soon.

Do you love it or do you love it?
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Tupelo Honey Café
12 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801 (Map)
(828) 255-4863


Katie said...

Please say that you tried Tupelo Honey's GF apple crumb dessert. It is one of the best things I have ever had in my life.

Nicki said...

Cajun Skillet Catfish sounds fantastic!!

Stephen said...

Katie -- I'm about to update with some reaction from the GF apple crumb dessert... I went back to Tupelo for a second round!