Small Bites

Tortillas, tortillas everywhere, and not a one freshly made. Or so it long seemed in Asheville, a city abundant with Mexican eateries, but sadly lacking a single tortilla emporium. A West Asheville business owner recently tackled the problem by transforming his taco shop into a genuine tortilleria, complete with a shiny new tortilla machine that churns out hundreds of flat flour tortillas an hour. “Mr. Suave”, 1563-A Patton Ave., is open every day from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; tortillas sell for $2.50 a kilo. Para mas informacion, llamar al 258-5275.

Downtown pub Jack of the Wood used to open at 4 p.m. during the workweek, but recently began opening for lunch at 11:30 a.m. Monday through Saturday. On Sunday, they’ll open at 3 p.m. as always.

Downing multiple shots of tequila is generally derided as an activity best left to frat boys and overworked restaurant staffers. But Doug Parsons, an A-B Tech culinary student and veteran bartender at The Lobster Trap, is inviting civilians to join in the fun at his “Dinner with Don Julio,” presented in conjunction with Ben Shaw of Southern Spirits. The five-course, tequila-infused tasting menu starts with Sangrita and ends with a tequila-lemon tres leches cake. This edible Blue Agave-immersion experience is priced at $75 per person. To make reservations, call 350-0505.



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