Frustrated at not being able to find just the right footwear for PIC at the Asheville Mall, we decided the only thing to do was to find a place for lunch and decompress.
Thank you, Papas and Beer, for locating just North of the mall! Your fresh-faced facade shone like a homing beacon.
Right inside the door is a great bar – love the tile roof effect, simulating an outdoor bar.
The end of the bar closest to the door has something a little extra: a glass-topped case filled with metal objects and shavings. Magnetic wands are provided so you can create at will.
Pictured below are kids thoroughly engrossed in this activity. Yes, it’s at the bar, but Papas is a family restaurant and this was mid-day, so I don’t see a problem with it. I’m guessing after a certain hour, kids would not be allowed at the bar.
A few steps into Papas, turn right and go up a couple of steps into the dining area. There’s a little bit of an outdoor cantina feel to the large space.
Now, before I tell you about our lunch choices, I have to tell you about a couple at a nearby table. This was at 1:30PM and these people insisted on ordering from the dinner menu (menus switch at 4:00PM).
First, the server prepared Fresh Table-side Guacamole with fresh avocados, spicy Serrano chile’s and a special blend of herbs and spices ($6.99). After this wonderful presentation was placed on the table, the male half of this couple told the server it wasn’t stirred enough and to stir it some more!
Then two luscious looking dishes were delivered to their table. After a few minutes, the woman calls the server over and starts railing at him that there’s no sour cream in her entree – “Haven’t you read the menu?!?”). For good measure, she complained about the Pico de Gallo (rhyming with “follow“).
After an apology from the manager and the server delivering sour cream, she spent the rest of her meal poking through her dish.
We were so embarrassed by their behavior, I called the server over to apologize for them! He was very gracious, saying it happens with about 1 in every 100 customers and it wasn’t a big deal. It was a big deal to me – I practically slid under the table after they were so publicly rude!
If the sour cream should have been in the dish, fine, but there are ways to talk to servers and ways NOT to talk to servers.
PIC had #16 – 1 Enchilada – filled with cheese and pico de gallo, served with rice and beans. Choice of chicken, steak, beef, spinach, mushrooms and cheese. ($4.99). His filling choice was beef (shredded).
And I chose #28 – Quesadilla – served with sour cream and guacamole. One choice of chicken, steak, beef, spinach or mushrooms ($5.95). This time, my choice was chicken.
Even clicking on the photo below to enlarge it won’t give you enough perspective to show how over-filled this quesadilla was! Maybe they should call it a flat burrito! Half of this thing went home to the fridge for dinner!!
We normally go to the Hendersonville Papas and Beer as one of our favorite Mexican spots and are happy to report that the Tunnel Road location was equivalent in food quality (delicious), service (perfect) and overall ambiance (relaxing, welcoming, clean). The Hendersonville location does have more of a local-neighborhood-regulars feel, though.
Papas and Beer
17 Tunnel Rd