Lunch at Stable Cafe, Biltmore Estate

Biltmore Estate boasts seven “Estate Dining”, and five “Snacks and Light Bites” eateries. Days and hours for all are listed here. Estate admission is required for all restaurants, including the Stable Cafe.

Seating in the Stable is on two levels. Pictured below is the main floor, where you can dine in the open central area flanked by booths set in stalls. It’s fun looking around at all the original hardware, including hay and water feeders in each stall.

Most servers were men and seemed to have plenty of experience. Our server this day was spot on. Took an order for three verbally (and delivered it correctly), checked with us regularly, made a few casual (not pushy) suggestions, and offered details when questioned, all while maintaining a friendly demeanor.

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Cauliflower was the Soup of the Day (Cup/$3.95, Bowl $6.50). After hearing it was roasted cauliflower – full of flavor, I gave it a chance. And was I glad! A cup (pictured below) held a generous serving of thick deep cauliflower-flavored soup. I was skeptical, but they made me a believer!

 

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Sis ordered the Chef’s Home-style Stew of the Day. Each day, one of “Chef Hough’s favorite hearty, slow-cooked recipes such as Bison Chili, Brunswick Stew, Beef Bourguignon, Country Cassoulet and more” are offered.

This day it was Country Cassoulet ($13.95), made with three meats: pork, beef, and lamb; beans and black-eyed peas. Lucky for me, she was willing to share one or two bites. Delicious!

 

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Flame-grilled estate raised Black Angus beef served on a Kaiser roll as Stable’s Classic Burger ($13.95) called to PIC. He chose Cheddar from the Swiss, Cheddar, American or Blue Cheese selection of toppers. Served with fries and a pickle spear, this burger was absolutely delicious and filling.

 

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My Roasted Vegetable Salad ($12.95) was wonderful! Mixed together and tossed in fresh apple cider vinaigrette were ingredients you don’t always see, even in salads “with extras”: mixed greens, roasted butternut squash, roasted cauliflower florets, red bell pepper, artichoke hearts, goat cheese, and toasted pecans.

 

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So often at “attractions” you find only mediocre food. This is not so at Biltmore Estate’s Stable Cafe. And although I haven’t be to any of the other eateries (YET), I’ve only heard good things about their food and service.

As of this writing, Stable Cafe is open 11a.m.–3pm daily.

Stable Cafe
1 Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
(800) 411-3812

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