COD-FREE: The focus of King James Public House, say Chef Steven Goff, left, and owner Peter Slamp, right, is to provide a meeting place that serves locally sourced fare. Guests, they say, will not find cod on the menu. Photo by Jayson Im

Packed to the (trout) gills

The highly anticipated King James Public House opened this winter on Charlotte Street to a jam-packed house, and the crowd didn’t die down for several weeks. The tiny, 45-seat restaurant and bar from Zambra owner Peter Slamp has seen lines out the door for considerably longer than the usual honeymoon period of a new restaurant.

THE ANTI-YELP: Jamie Fedele has designed his new online restaurant guide to be everything he says Urbanspoon and Yelp are not. Photo courtesy of Lucky Fork

What the fork?

Jamie Fedele hates Yelp. Not because of any bad reviews he’s suffered, just the overall concept. Fedele moved to Asheville in December, and his new Web project, Lucky Fork, aims to make sites like Urbanspoon and Yelp a thing of the past.

THE REAL DEAL: At Koreana, owner Rita Chen is serving up traditional Korean fare, including sizzling hot pot meals and banchan, or tiny appetizers. Photo by Nick King

Koreana: A new Korean-themed eatery brings authentic flavors to South Asheville

If you’ve ever driven through south Asheville, you may have noticed a few Korean churches — an indication of a population that has always been strong in the suburbs to the south and continues to grow. Korean restaurants pop up all over town, and the most recent addition to that scene is Koreana, a new venture from the co-owner of the Stone Bowl.

TOP CHEF: Chef William Dissen of Asheville’s The Market Place restaurant recently coordinated a team of all-star chefs to create a dinner that kicked off the James Beard Food Conference in New York. Photo by Max Cooper

Dissen does a James Beard Dinner

In America, there are few words one can pair with the name of a chef that garner more respect than James Beard. Whether a chef is a “James Beard Award Winner,” “nominee” or cooked at the James Beard House, it is a credential that instantly tells you that a chef is not just admired and respected in his or her hometown but has received recognition on a national level.

UNDERBELLY ON TOP: Mike Moore’s culinary publication recently took top honors at the Midwest Publishing Awards Show. Photo by Max Cooper.

SMALL BITES: Underbelly

Good food isn’t all Mike Moore has been cooking up in the kitchens of Seven Sows Bourbon and Larder, and the Blind Pig supper club. Underbelly, a food and Southern-culture quarterly magazine he and his team have been publishing, just won some high praise: The second installment of the journal, “Soul & Comfort,” was awarded […]

THE SUNNY SIDE: Blue Sky Café’s menu is kid-friendly, unpretentious and filling. Photos by Max Cooper

South Asheville eats

Sometimes the outskirts of Asheville remind you of a different city entirely. The quirky, independent and free-spirited vibe of the town seems to fade into a haze of strip malls and chain and big-box stores. When driving past the stretches of fast-food joints that seem to run the length of Hendersonville Road, how do you […]