Get Your Game On at Hickory Tavern

Culinary offerings in South Asheville have expanded over the past year and there are no indications this trend is slowing.

One of the earlier new eateries to see South Asheville’s potential was The Hickory Tavern. I wrote about their opening in this October 2, 2009 article.

The “modern-tavern” interior with warm, natural finishes can be looked at two different ways: 1. sports-lovers-flat-screen-heaven OR 2. ADD-trigger-central. Multiple screens are visible from any seat in the house, most tuned to different channels. During a recent meal at Hickory Tavern, PIC patiently looked every time I nodded toward a different screen saying, “Wow, look at that!”

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

This time we avoided a 20 minute wait for dinner by sitting at a comfortable high-top for six in the bar.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

Two in our party ordered the Pepper Jack Burger ($8.95), one with Fries – one with Tavern Chips.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

The Fries were fine and happily, the Tavern Chips were not greasy at all. Both burgers with a slightly pink center and were juicy. Topped with Pepper Jack Cheese, Applewood Smoked Bacon, Jalapenos, Lettuce, Tomatoes and Onions – a very good burger.

As long as Tavern burgers are cooked to a regulated internal temperature of 155 degrees, they can serve their burgers with a “slightly pink” or “no pink” center.

So huge, half had to go home with us, the Chicken Caesar Wrap ($8.95) was delicious. Filled with Chicken (quality meat, moist), Caesar Dressing, Romaine Lettuce, Parmesan Cheese and Croutons and wrapped in a fresh spinach (I think) tortilla.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

PIC ordered the Tavern Fish Sandwich (9.95) with grilled Tilapia, Lettuce, Tomato and Remoulade Sauce. You can also order the Tilapia blackened.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

A happy camper, PIC would order this again. The Tilapia was cooked to flaky perfection and there was plenty of it, served with his side choice, Fries.

Chicken Tenders ($10.25) were delivered to another in our party. They came with choice of side, which in this case was Sweet Potato Fries. Served with Honey Mustard or BBQ Sauce, this diner went the BBQ route. The Tenders were covered with an average batter.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

And finally, Sliders ($4.75). These mini-burgers come as 3 for $4.75 or 5 for $7.95 and are served with Ketchup, Mustard, Pickles and Grilled Onions.

Carolina Epicurean The Hickory Tavern

These were served (hold the Mustard) with just a hint of pink in the center and were filling enough to serve as my dinner, but they’d be less fussy and easier to eat if they just came already topped. It was a little annoying to have to “fix” each slider before digging in. Also including a little lettuce and tomato would be nice.

Service was slow, which we attributed to the place being slammed, but after going for another meal when they weren’t especially busy and talking to friends who had done the same, the general consensus is – service is slow. Of course, that could always change so don’t let that keep you from giving them a try.

This is really a great place to get together with a gang of friends to watch a game and have a bite to eat.

The Hickory Tavern
30 Town Square Blvd #100
Asheville, NC 28803-5067
(828) 684-0975

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