Quick Bites: Food news to go in very tiny portions.

It is a bit too sunny today to sit inside, so Xpress took the show on the road. Here are some of the food-related things we learned from hitting the pavement this afternoon:

Modesto has opened a bakery counter next to its main dining room. The counter offers rustic baked breads by the loaf for great prices. A baguette costs $2.50, olive-hazelnut sourdough costs $4 and a whole wheat boule goes for $3.

The bakery also turns out croissants and scones in various flavors and desserts like amaretto cheesecake, cannoli and a tiramisu to rival any I’ve tried in this town.

Right now the selection is slim, but owner Hector Diaz says that they’ll increase production come spring time.

Cucina 24 is now changing their menu nightly, according to an employee working at Cucina Deli, the Italian restaurant’s sandwich shop. Incidentally, that same employee mentioned that Cucina 24 Deli serves a house-made corned beef from a Thomas Keller recipe, which they pile on house-made marble rye.

The deli also offers some sizable chunks of Taleggio for only $5, and Castelvetrano olives for $5 a pint.

A menu from last night’s dinner service in the main dining room revealed some items, like crispy Hickory Nut Gap pork tongue and cheek with pickles and mustard and spaghetti alla chittara with rabbit meatballs.

Cucina 24 and Modesto are head-to-head in tiramisu quality, by the way.

Cúrate is wrapping up construction and looking like they’re getting closer to opening. The restaurant is likely to open next month.

Arcade Asheville has their patio open now — though the tables and chairs seem to disappear when the sun goes down for now. Co-owner Joshua Aaron reports that the permanent furniture is on the way.

In burger news (one of my favorite kinds), Mayfel’s offers half-priced burgers on Thursdays — Xpress staff reporter Jake Frankel reports that he just had a huge pimento-bacon burger with a side of slaw for only $5, plus tax.

And right down the street, in the bottom of the BB&T Building, the Sandwich Company has added seating for 12 and now boasts a rather delicious Philly cheese-steak sandwich for $6.99, as well as breakfast burritos in the morning for under $3.

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