Small Bites

A very foodie Valentine’s: Unless he or she is on a diet, chances are your sweetie wants to be taken out to dinner for Valentine’s Day. Moonlit horseback rides are cool, too, but the dinner thing’s a bit easier (and warmer). This year, choice options abound:

Zambra, which some consider the most romantic dining spot in Asheville, will be running a prix fixe four-course menu, with vegetarian options available. Entertainment will be provided by Incognito Duo. Cost is $40 per person. Zambra is located at 85 Walnut St.; for reservations, call 232-1060.

Mayfel’s is hosting “Pussycat Lounge,” a Valentine’s dinner featuring a five-course menu, and the proceeds will benefit the Asheville Humane Society. A tasting menu with a bottle of champagne will also be available. Seatings will be held both Saturday, Feb. 11, and Tuesday, Feb. 14. Cost is $150 per couple. Mayfel’s is located at 22 College St. in downtown Asheville; for reservations, call 252-8841.

Sunny Point Cafe and Bakery in West Asheville is pulling out all the stops for a four-course meal featuring spicy barbecue duck tacos, shaved fennel and grapefruit salad, and entree choices of braised lamb shank or tuna steak, each of which will be accompanied by a choice brew (there are vegetarian options as well). Dessert will be a triple chocolate terrine with macerated raspberries. Cost is $40 per person, plus tax and gratuity. The restaurant is located at 626 Haywood Road; for reservations, call 252-0055.

City Bakery part 2: City Bakery’s new, second location is set to open in early February at 60 Biltmore Ave. in Asheville — the space formerly occupied by Blue Moon Bakery. The new addition will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week, and will offer artisan breads, sweet treats, organic coffee, specialty espresso drinks, breakfasty baked goods and deli-style lunches. For more information, call 252-4426.

Sushi explosion! A few weeks ago, Small Bites posited that Asheville might have the most sushi joints per capita outside of Japan. Well, here’s further evidence: Another new sushi restaurant, called Sora, has opened at the Forest Gate Center in Pisgah Forest (where the Wal-Mart is). According to the Xpress reader — a San Francisco transplant — who tipped us off, “the sushi was as good as any I’ve had in this area, and ranks as good as San Francisco’s sushi as far as quality and freshness.” Call Sora at 883-9808.

— Mackensy Lunsford


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