All Souls Pizza – Clingman Ave, Asheville
Everything was awesome, except the price. We had Smoked Chicken and Rice Soup (SO yum!), Basil, mozzarella pizza, local pepperoni pizza, and home made ice cream & cookies for dessert.
All of it was super-duper delicious, but the pizza and ice cream were both a little pricey for the portions. We agreed that lowering the prices, not increasing the portions, would make this place just about perfect.
We’ll be back to All Souls for sure!
7 Sows – Biltmore Ave, Downtown, Asheville
Just because food is served on a “board” does not make it special.
I’m going to say that this place is strictly for the tourists, who want to try some low-brow Southern food, without having to rub elbows with actual low-brow Southerners, or pay less than $100 for the experience.
I had the “BBQ Board” which consisted of some very fatty pork, some very run-of-the-mill cole slaw, boring fried okra, and three slices of generic white bread. Nothing special about any of it. The BBQ was just about on the level of Luella’s, the rest was straight-up trashy. Not one thing on my “board” was worthy of the price or the pomp that accompanied it. The “chicken cracklin’s” I ordered for an appetizer were nothing short of totally disgusting.
The desert was not unforgettable. In other words, I forgot what we had for desert. Ice cream or some such.
We will not be back to 7 Sows.
Pack’s Tavern – Downtown Asheville
I can give this place a four-star review using only three words:
Chicken Tender Plate.
There’s other stuff on the menu, I’m pretty sure, but I do not care.
Stu Helm is an artist and writer living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing restaurant reviews strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook in 2013.