Far from Petticoat Junction -Â The Junction,Â inÂ Asheville’s River Arts District.
The bar area has a great feel. Love the underlit counter and touches of red. I’ve heard they make great drinks, too, but haven’t had the chance to try any yet.
In addition to seating in the bar, there’s a dining area that opens to the patio via garage door. Really nice in the warmer weather.
Patio dining has its pros and cons. I absolutely love it out there because I can watch (and hear) trains go by on tracks across the road. It can get a little hard to have a conversation when there’s a loud truck orÂ motorcycleÂ going by, but most traffic shouldn’t interfere with enjoyment of your meal.
The day College Daughter and I met on the patio for lunch, we were actually entertained for quite a while watching a woman on her cell phone making more attempts at parallel parking than we could count. Once she was parked, she fixed her hair and makeup and then drove away! Go figure.
Owners, Â Charles and Tanya TriberÂ are so cute and sincere, I just had to include this picture of them. Â As we were having lunch, Charles came over to our table to tell us about the restaurant and where our food had come from.
Junction’s menu has a “Mix & Match” section of Soups, Salads and Sandwiches. I paired the Smoked Chicken SaladÂ Sandwich (smoked chicken, candied walnuts, grapes, mixed with preserved lemon-basil aioli) with a Fried Green Tomato Salad ($10).
The salad shamed the sandwich, although the sandwich was pretty good. Even reading salad ingredients on the menu: heirloom tomato, fried green tomato, avocado, roasted corn, peas, smoked bacon, basil, balsamic and chive/buttermilk crema, didn’t prepare me for this gorgeous, delicious salad.
Look closer. What looks like croutons were chunks of fried green tomatoes. And that bacon. Fantastic!
College Daughter had the Watermelon-Peach Salad with anÂ Heirloom Tomato Sandwich ($10).
Before describing these two dishes, I have to tell you what happened when I slyly pulled my camera out for shots of CD’s meal. Somehow the settings dial slipped into “Underwater Mode“! Funny, right? Not when a couple of the most beautiful shots ever (Watermelon-Peach Salad) came out almost too dark to save. They’re included in this post only so you can see the kind of food served at The Junction.
Five ingredients were in the salad: watermelon, peach, lime, mint and balsamic. And on the sandwich: heirloom tomatoe, avacado, roasted onion, lime, basil and whipped Three Graces goat cheese.
Being raised correctly, she was willing to share.
This is how they describe themselves:
The Junction is “devoted to hand-crafted, locally sourced food. Located in the eclectic River Arts District, adjacent to dozens of artist studios and overlooking the railroad tracks, the Junction offers made from scratch soups, salads and sandwiches highlighting the abundance and quality of our regional farms and the skill and passion of our Executive Chef, Camp Boswell.”
I’d describe The Junction as a great new(er) River Arts District dining option. Really, it’s a good Asheville dining option since it’s just outside downtown. Â Fun and delicious! Next time, drinks!!
348 Depot Street, Suite 190
Asheville, NC 28801