from Biloxi to Nashville to Asheville. So when outdoor activities aren’t possible, there is only one thing to do. Go out for lunch, of course.
While our RV park is named Asheville East KOA, we are really located in the small town (population about 4,500) of Swannanoa, NC. Now this would be the last place I would look for a great restaurant, but after seeing the sign for Native Kitchen and Social Pub just a mile or so down US 70, I had to check it out on-line.
•There’s a friendly bar with a cool feel.
Salads also looked interesting and included: Kale-Quinoa Salad with roasted grape tomatoes, carrots, onion, Craisins, and toasted pumpkin seeds and served with orange–ginger vinaigrette; Marinated Cucumber Salad with tomato, garbanzos, onion, Greek vinaigrette, and brûléed goat cheese; and Brussels Sprout Caesar with parmesan tuille and potato croutons.
And among the sandwiches was one of the most unusual I have come across—the Catfish Reuben with malted slaw, Swiss cheese, and whole grain Dijonaise on marbled rye. Just as I had decided that this was so different that I had to try it, Chuck came up with a suggestion. How about we try their pizza?
Well, the offerings were no less creative. There was the Apple, Walnut and Fig pizza with caramelized onion, arugula, and parmesan. There was the Squash and Kale pizza with butternut squash, kale, roasted garlic, and fresh mozzarella. Or how about Duck and Gouda with duck confit, smoked gouda, spinach, and mushrooms.
So we decided to take a chance and ordered one Margherita and one Italian. But first for the appetizer.
This falls under the heading of “I am so going to steal this idea.” What? The Popcorn Brussels Sprouts with grilled lemon aioli. Take a look at this plate!
And the pizzas were no less outstanding. As you can see, they are somewhat free-form shaped. The Margherita can hold its own with any VPN Margherita with a rather thin crust topped with crushed tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and
“Native is not fast food,” advises the menu. “Everything is prepared fresh to order in our small kitchen....”
I’ll be happy to wait for this 5.0 food.
To review the role of Adler, Kitty Humbug, and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.