I live in Swannanoa and was tickled to see the recent mention of Black Mountain and Swannanoa as small places you might not know about but might want to check out [“Spotlight on Small Towns,” Oct. 8, Xpress].
Then, I was not surprised to see the ONLY place in Swannanoa that appeared was Native Kitchen. Everything else was in Black Mountain. I know that Swannanoa is not a wealth of cultural excitement, but we do have a little bit more than just Native (which I adore).
El Lemon is a recently opened authentic Mexican food stop on U.S. Highway 70 that serves real, straight-from-the-kitchen food that feels como tu mama esta en la covina [like your mom’s in the kitchen]. Sofia cooks up amazing specials like camarones del diablo [shrimp diablo], and Taco Tuesday or Tamales Friday are worth the drive.
Moments Cafe did not make the cut either, nor did our organic nursery.
Granted, I am not interested in Swannanoa losing its small-town charm and mimicking what bookends us with Asheville and Black Mountain, but we have a very active and proud community with pockets of awesomeness that I think others might appreciate besides the obviousness of Native.
Sabrina M. Reisinger