Friday, February 6, 2015

Foodie Friday: Plant (Asheville, NC)

I was in Asheville this past weekend and I did some amazing eating. We arrived pretty late Friday evening. I managed to get us lost several times since I kept putting Dalton St in the GPS instead of Dalton Rd. Chaos. Luckily we passed a little restaurant simply named "Plant" and I knew where we were headed for dinner. The food at Plant is any but simple. All vegan and all delicious and easily the best meal of the weekend.

I started the dinner with a glass of the Urban Orchard Cider which is a cider local to Asheville. I wish I had more time to visit the Tap Room. I will have to save that for my next trip. This cider is nothing like the more popular ciders. It lacks in sweetness but is not dry. I would call it crisp, yes, very crisp.

We started off with a round of Caramelized Jerusalem Artichokes. Until this point I had never consumed a Jerusalem Artichoke. They nothing like artichokes.

Jerusalem Artichokes are a lot like potatoes
We also ordered a round of the Beets Bergere. Somehow I neglected to take a picture of it but the horseradish mayo and crispy onion "tumbleweeds" won that dish hands down.

Too full for an entree we decided to split the Walnut Crusted Tempeh with "enlightened" Cauliflower. First of all, who am I? Since when do I share food? I caught a stomach bug earlier in the week and I did not start feeling hungry again until Friday. In that time my stomach shrank. I did not finish a meal all weekend. Not cool. I am working to stretch it out again.

Walnut Crusted Tempeh
The seating was a little cramped as there are only a handful of four-tops sprinkled across the floor but if you have a soft spot for vegetarian/vegan delights this place is a must. They do have a large patio that will be perfect in the summer months.