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Address: 48 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801

Latitude/Longitude: 35.593166, -82.550943

Web site: click here

Phone: (828) 575-2667

Pricing: $$


When Kevin and Joe, the owners of Corner Kitchen, a favorite Biltmore Village dining spot decided to spread their wings and fly to downtown Asheville opening a second restaurant, Chestnut, Asheville locals were both confident and thrilled.┬áMost of us had already enjoyed the awesome food and ambiance they’d created in their Biltmore Avenue location and anxiously awaited the morphing of their new location.

Chestnut is located in our vibrant downtown area within convenient walking distance of everything that resides downtown. We are able to walk there from the inn in 15 minutes. The building, a 1924 Edward Dilworth Latta original, keeps to the period charm originally started there. The bar area can be found after pushing through the glass doors to the right. It is sophisticated and yet understated. Even the drinks harken to days gone by from the free flowing 1955 Cosmopolitan to the Hemmingway Twist Daiquiri; both crowd pleasers.

The beautiful attention to detail is held to the standard both in lunch and dinner service in all American cuisine. Lunch is available Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. and if you are in a hurry, which as a busy inn owner is often my case, may I recommend their very notable as well as speedily delivered Lobster Bisque? It is extraordinary and whatever the season, delicious. Should you need something a bit more substantive, their “sliders of the day” are a local intrigue and always a new discovery. The Reuben is impeccable and this girl is New York City born and bred so you can take that on good authority. Pricing from $6-15.00.

Chestnut offers local, fresh, homemade offerings and respective of that, their menu changes often due to seasons and availability. They also have vegetarian, gluten free and vegan options as well as offering diners a robust sized dinner option or a lighter fare option say after a great but late movie at the Fine Arts Theatre next door. My all around dinner favorite dinner there is Apple Glazed Sunburst Trout Fillet. The trout is local-hence as fresh as it gets, the apple glaze raises the bar to a standard I think any diner would be pleased with. Dinner options from $11-29. Dinner nightly at five o’clock until.

Service, attentive but not disruptive and noise levels encouraging normal conversation is an added plus. A great place for lunch, dinner, dessert and drinks inclusive of cocktails, wine and beer with a convenient downtown location, on street parking or failing your luck at that, Biltmore Avenue Parking garage is about 50 yards before Chestnut on the same side of the street.

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