>Asheville Restaurant Reviews: Part 2
November 24, 2009 by Susan Murray
>My mother-in-law and her daughter recently drove down from Wisconsin to visit us and see the Carolina Bed & Breakfast. It’s a long drive and they were pretty tired when they got here. As we were in the middle of the “Great Move In” (see previous post) and were pretty tired ourselves, we decided to forgo cooking at home and walked over a block to Nine Mile on Montford Avenue. Nine Mile is an unpretentious restaurant with about 20 tables which serves a variation on Caribbean Cuisine. It’s a small cozy restaurant and bar which on this Tuesday night was nearly full, a testament to its popularity in the neighborhood.
The dishes at Nine Mile are served over pasta although they can be served over fresh zucchini or quinoa pasta for those with wheat allergies. Like so many Asheville restaurants, Nine Mile offers vegan and vegetarian options. We shared a plate of chipotle and mango salsa while perusing the menu.
My sister-in-law decided to go for the “Raz Rootz Chili”, a vegetarian tempeh chili loaded with four different types of hot and sweet peppers, kidney beans, black beans and roasted tomatoes. I chose the “Raggy Road” pasta with Cajun Tilapia served in a mildly spiced white wine coconut chipotle sauce. James tried the “Concrete Jungle” for it’s scallops and mussels in basil white wine butter sauce, and my mother-in-law had “Jamaican Me Thirsty”, grilled jerk chicken, which she requested lightly spiced.
The dishes were satisfying with a real touch of heat, a gratifying change from restaurants which dumb down their spices to suit the least discriminating palate! On the other hand, my mother-in-law’s meal was served as requested, with only a touch of spice. The fish was fresh and well cooked, the jerk chicken tender and the vegetarian chili was a good bowl of thick chili sauce, beans and vegetables. Unfortunately, the pasta is not fresh and seems to be just the vehicle on which they serve the food and less of an element of the meal. Any one of the entrees could just have well have been served as items on a plate instead of tossed together and they would have been just as good (if not better).
Overall, I would happily go back again and I will recommend Nine Mile to guests who are looking for a good meal served without fuss in a pleasant restaurant conveniently situated to our B&B. For us, it was well worth a short walk through a chilly rainy November night.
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