For fans of the Asheville food scene, I am writing to whet appetites, so to speak, about a place that might be (as yet) flying a bit under the radar. West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen, or WALK, is a casual place in “East” West Asheville on Haywood Road and has a neighborhood pub kind of feel.
In addition to the pub food and drink choices and its regular “Taco Tuesday” feature (which is very reasonable and packs the place every week), it boasts an exceptional Sunday brunch and daily specials that are noteworthy. Last week I had a coconut chicken curry soup and butternut squash/goat cheese ravioli that really hit the spot and rivaled something one might find at some of the higher-end establishments in town, at probably half the price.
Kitchen managers Jeff Barcelona and Jack Wedthoff both grew up in Asheville and then traveled extensively, which is evident in some of the culinary influences that give local favorites an edge in their specials. Recent variations on some standard seasonal fare have been a pumpkin Parmesan basil ravioli, lamb shanks with a rosemary/root veggie braise, and a blue cheese portobello soup.
WALK is the kind of a place where the kids can have mac ‘n’ cheese, and the adults can have the Carolina bison steak and poached pear/ Humboldt fog salad, all while a soccer match is playing on the telly.