Looking more like it belongs in downtown Asheville, Native Kitchen and Social Pub is fifteen minutes east, just off the main drag through Swannanoa.
It’s the new spot to know about for many reasons:
- There’s a friendly bar with a cool feel.
- A cozy dining room with an area that can be curtained off. Not sure when you’d actually want to use those curtains, though, since there’s more than one table back there.
- The MENU is inovative, reasonably priced, sourced locally, and written on fun chalk-board walls as well as in print.
- A great patio with a couple shade sails.
- A small conversation area with more relaxed seating.
- A fabulous, large fenced lawn area with picnic tables served by Native wait staff. As of this writing, the lawn area is available for private use at no charge. Native recently held a croquet competition and are thinking up more events for the lawn.
- Plenty of free parking.
- And last, but in no way least, a reasonably priced menu featuring innovative, delicious, generously portioned, locally sourced dishes.
PIC ordered the Bacon Chicken Club ($8.90). Made with local, Laura Ashley farm Chicken, house made bacon, lettuce, tomato, onion, Swiss cheese and pesto mayo. It’s served on a house-made roll with choice of side – house cut fries, side market salad, pasta salad, or warm German style potato salad. That’s the pasta salad pictured below.
Dining room ambiance is helped along by small oil lamps lit during the evenings. Those are our water “glasses” next to the lamp. Native leaves a bottle of cold water on your table so you can fill at will. I actually prefer this so neither servers nor diners have to fuss over water.
I went with the Native Burger ($10.90), made with local grass fed beef, lettuce, tomato, onion, cheddar, bacon, and a medium-fried egg. My choice of side was the Market Salad. This burger was served cooked as ordered and messy-delicious to eat once the two halves with toppings were put together.
Here’s a closer look at half the yummy stack described above.
The only negative both PIC and I encountered was thick bacon with portions of fat that made taking bites without pulling the whole piece of bacon out of the sandwich difficult. I’m willing to deal with this for Native’s excellent house-made bacon.
Neither of us were hungry for dessert, but folks at a neighboring table were so happy with their sponge cake and fresh berries, topped with ice cream, they thought it deserved to be photographed. As soon as that shutter clicked, two spoons were digging in. Next time . . .
If you haven’t been to Native Kitchen yet, get out there. You won’t regret it.
- There’s live music on Friday nights. See the mucis lineup and other events on Native’s calendar.
- Brunch is served on Saturdays and Sundays 11am to 3:30pm.
- “Native is not fast food”, warns the menu. “Everything is prepared fresh to order in our small kitchen . . .” We found the wait between ordering and food delivery to be average.