Small Bites

Rise ‘n’ Shine: The Rise ‘n’ Shine Café, an organic-leaning breakfast and lunch spot, has opened at 640 Merrimon Ave. The café (pictured here) features coffee from Asheville Coffee Roasters, bread from City Bakery and meat from Hickory Nut Gap Farm alongside locally grown produce. Although the restaurant will adjust its specials weekly according to what’s growing, the menu is likely to include peanut butter-and-jelly sandwiches, BLTs and egg-white omelets. Rise ‘n’ Shine is open Monday through Saturday, 7:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 254-4122 for more information.

Ali Baba Closed: Ali Baba, the small buffet in Asheville’s Grove Arcade that had a big fan base, has closed after four years in operation. Fahti Ali, who co-owned the Mediterranean-flavored eatery with his wife, Reda, says he may try to open in a different downtown location next year.

Rezaz Meal Deal: Rezaz is touting its new meal deal as “sensibly seasonal, sensibly local and sensibly portioned!”—but the real draw for folks who consider the Biltmore Village restaurant a special-occasion place is the sensible price. The three-course meal, available Monday through Thursday evenings, is $21.95-$23.95, not including drinks, tax or gratuity. The Mediterranean-influenced dishes will be prepared using vegetables from nearby Gladheart Farm and goat cheese from Three Graces Farm. For more information, call 277-1510.

Sugo Late Night: The answer to late-night hunger in downtown Asheville has long been “Tough luck.” But Sugo, the top-notch Italian eatery on Patton Avenue, is preparing to debut a better response: Sugo Late Night. Starting in July, Sugo will keep its kitchen open until 2:30 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Bravo. For late-night menu details and other info, call 251-5552.

Limones’ Sunday Switch: Brunch is off the table at Limones, the Cali-Mex resto on Eagle Street in downtown Asheville that won fans with its Sunday-morning Bloody Marys and huevos. But the eatery has added Sunday night dinner starting at 5 p.m.; call 252-2327 for more.

Waynesville Tailgate Market: According to a report last month in the Smoky Mountain News, farmers and shoppers are calling for improvements to the Waynesville Tailgate Market. The Badcock Furniture store parking lot, which has hosted the market every Wednesday and Saturday for two decades, can only accommodate 27 stalls and slopes downward, much to the consternation of some farmers. Parking-lot owners, concerned about liability, have also prohibited the sale of meat, eggs, cheese, jams and jellies. A new group—the Waynesville Tailgate Market Committee—has formed to consider solutions, the article says.


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