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I’ve not experienced anything quite like Yana’s.  The authentic 50s restaurant beckons with its brightly-decorated windows and signage. Elvis and Marilyn make multiple appearances.

After ordering a root beer float, I learned that breakfast is served all day long. What better to go with a root beer float than french toast, sausage, and grits?

Elvis lurking in the background. Does he want my root beer float?

Generous portions! French toast, sausage, and grits

Eggs your way, home-style hashbrowns, bacon, toast, fresh-squeezed orange juice

Sure, you aren’t going to see egg-white frittatas nor gourmet hashbrowns. You will, however, get generous portions, smiling service, and all the Elvis you can handle.  Be sure to try the famous fruit fritters! We took an order with us back to our beach house to share with family. They were a big hit, instantly gobbled up.

Next door, you’ll find a tiny memorabilia shop but please heed the warning sign:

Squeeze in!

Yana’s Ye Old Drug Store

9 Front Street

Swansboro, NC 28584

(910) 326-5501

 

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For our return drive from Emerald Isle, NC to Albuquerque, NM, the Film & Food fam decided to spend the first night in Asheville again. Even though we could have driven more miles and made better head-way into the grueling drive home, the fam loved the city of A-ville so much we felt it worth another visit.

When walking through the Shop and Dine district on our previous visit, we passed by Strada Italiano and were halted in our steps by the appetizing aromas wafting through the air.  But on that day, our teen wasn’t in the mood for Italian food so we ended up at LAB (read our review here).  This time, however, we all wanted to discover what had smelled so appealing and made our way to Strada.

Start your meal off right with one of the fresh breads, baked daily and also for purchase. (Discount if you are also dining) Please excuse Mr’s un-manicured nails in the pic below. Our excuse: we were traveling.

Home-made bread with red peppers and the obligatory oil, vinegar, and herb concoction

 

Pepperoni pizza for the TeenGirl

We have a local place here in ABQ which we love (shout out to DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza!) and TeenGirl said this pizza was even better. That is high praise because DaVinci’s is pretty amazing.  She had two slices left which she took back to the hotel and enjoyed for her “midnight snack.”

Penne with bolognese of beef, pork, and veal. Also a side of sausage. Meat!

 

Bistecca with chianti reduction, potatoes, garlic spinach, and cannellini

The focus here is on local, seasonal food.  Strada Italiano, open since March of this year, already has garnered a large local and tourist following due to the consistent adherence to “going green.” While you are there, check out the bamboo flooring. And sit in Alyssa’s section. She’s an awesome person and a fab waitress! <waves at Alyssa>

Strada Italiano

27 Broadway, Asheville

(828) 348-8448

 

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On Lexington Avenue, in Asheville’s “Shop and Dine” district, you’ll find more than 30 businesses all packed in one tiny area. It’s busy and lively but if you need to sit with a beer and take in the local foot traffic or relax after a day of shopping, we found the perfect spot: Lexington Avenue Brewery or LAB, as the locals term it.

Live music in the evenings draws the crowd when the sun goes down but during the day, pick a table on their outdoor patio facing the street. It’s great for some prime people-watching!

French dip with house-roasted sirloin, creamy horseradish, and au jus

 

Chicken fingers and hand-cut fries for the young one

 

3 appetizer special: meatball slider with onions, creamy corn chowder, and strawberry/arugula/ almond salad

 

Be sure to sample their hand-crafted beers. Keep track of your favorites on their interactive website.

39 N. Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

828.252.0212

 

 

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While traveling from New Mexico to North Carolina, Film and Food stopped off in Asheville overnight.  Thanks to the concierge at our hotel, we ended up at 131 Main for dinner.  Located in the up-scale Biltmore Park Town Square, the attention to detail and presentation, excellent service, and the top-notch fresh food set this restaurant apart.

After our long drive, a dirty martini really hit the spot!

Who gets the last grilled artichoke?

 

Roasted chicken, smashed red potatoes, and demi-glace

 

Simple but flavorful cucumber salad

 

Marinated steak and hand-cut fries for the teen in your party

 

meatloaf, smashed reds, and shiitake/stroganoff gravy

 

Fabulous kale salad, a welcome sight after three days of travel

 

131 Main’s Facebook page will inform you of current specials and events. If you live in Asheville or are traveling through as we were, this is a must-visit restaurant. There are also three other locations in North Carolina to boost your opportunities of trying their dishes for yourself.

 

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