Sunday, March 11, 2012
Fireplace Restaurant Review
The Fireplace restaurant is located on Weaverville Road between Asheville and Weaverville. It is a log built dining room that has served several owners previously but is finding a comfortable home as a family style home cooked soul food buffet. The parking lot fills up every Sunday and does a good business through the week as well.
During warmer weather there are tables on the wrap around porch that can be used but during the winter its all in doors. The entry is a bit small for the amount of business they have so you get up close and personal with other diners waiting to get in as well as the staff walking through. If you take this is stride you will find the food worth waiting for once you're taken to your table.
The atmosphere is country casual featuring the rugged beams, wood floors and rock fire place. The service is fast paced and usually without a lot of waiting. Sometimes when they are busy the server is only running trying to keep up with the number of tables they serve. But the servers are friendly and genuine.
The salad bar is compact but offers two choices of lettuce or spinach, several toppings such as green pepper, carrot, chopped egg, onion, cucumber, cherry tomato, sprouts, pinenuts, dried cranberries and etc. There is also a choice of potato salad, macaroni salad, cole slaw and other typical comfort salads available.
There is a small but good choices of vegetables on the hot buffet such as mash potatoes, green beans, creamed corn, sweet potato casserole, black eyed peas, greens, macaroni and cheese are often some of the selections. The green beans are some of my favorite that I have to spoon onto my plate every time I visit. The plates aren't big but you can make as many trips as you want to get your fill.
The southern fried chicken is a must have for me also - nothing like fresh hot fried chicken when its done right. Crispy, moist and delicious - its what tempts me into a second plate too often. But take your preference of items like turkey and dressing, beef tips, baked Virginia ham, BBQ ribs and smothered pork chops.
There are choices to order that are not on the buffet as well such as Prime Rib with au jus, Filet of Flounder, Grilled Marinated Chicken and 10 oz. New York Strip. I've yet to order any of these since my mouth starts watering as soon as I see the fried chicken.
After you've eaten to your heart's (and your stomach's) content your server will offer a couple of desserts for you to choose. Often this is a berry cobler ala mode or the banana pudding. Its a small portion but since you've already stuffed yourself, it should be plenty.
The Sunday Buffet is $12.95 or $11.95 for Senior Citizens.
287 Weaverville Road
Asheville, North Carolina 28804
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