Friday, July 4, 2014

The Bistro at Biltmore - Asheville, NC

Yesterday, my husband and I drove to Asheville, North Carolina to have dinner at Posana Cafe, a 100% gluten free, farm-to-table restaurant.  You can read my review of Posana Cafe here.  We knew the drive from my parents house in Greenville would put us in Asheville around lunch, but we weren't sure where to eat.  I spent some time looking on the Find Me Gluten Free App, but there were so many restaurants to choose from, and so many different suggestions from my blog readers on my Facebook page.

My parents are annual passholder at Biltmore, and it ended up that we were able to get free passes to visit for the day, allowing us to go to my parents' favorite restaurant in Asheville, the Bistro at Biltmore.  The Bistro features fresh ingredients from local producers, and their menu changes to highlight what is currently in season.

I had heard that the Bistro had a nice selection of gluten free menu items, and I was not disappointed.  The lunch menu I was given had a full page of gluten free options and a full page of dairy free options as well.

Since my husband and I were spending the day alone without our twins, I did something I almost never do at a restaurant.  I ordered a glass of white sangria.

Outside of Disney, I am rarely served gluten free bread, but the Bistro had Udi's, which was nicely toasted and served with olive oil and vinegar.  

My husband let me choose two gluten free entrees for us to split.  My first choice was the summer risotto with sweet corn, pea tendrils, and parmesan cheese.  This dish was so delicious, I am determined to recreate it at home.  It would make a nice meatless Monday dinner.

My second choice was the flat iron steak with fingerling potatoes, caramelized onion, herb butter, and bordelaise.  Everything on the plate was amazing!  I think you'll be seeing a blog post about dressing up your steak with herb butter sometime in the near future.  

For dessert, we shared the vanilla bean creme brulee, which was the perfect way to end an incredible meal.  

After lunch, we toured Biltmore, which is the most impressive house I have ever seen in America.  When Biltmore was officially opened by George Vanderbilt in 1895, it was the largest private residence in the United States.  You can read more about Biltmore here.  

Not only is the house spectacular, but the grounds and gardens were designed by famed landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed Central Park in New York City.  

The views from the house just take your breath away!  I really miss the mountains in Orlando.  

If you have never been to Asheville, North Carolina, it should definitely be on your bucket list.  It's a great town for gluten free dining, and Biltmore is not to be missed.

If you would like to dine at the Bistro, you will need to buy a pass to visit Biltmore, because it is on the grounds of the estate.  You can read more about the Bistro here.

Have you been to the Bistro?  What are your favorite restaurants for gluten free dining in Asheville?  


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