Good lord, people. You've voted over and over — you want your Ethiopian wat and you want it now. Also, you're clamoring for some Vietnamese and, as an ardent pho fan, I hear you there.
Thankfully, I can let you in on a couple of secrets that might make you happy.
Although it's not an Ethiopian restaurant per se, DeSoto Lounge in West Asheville serves up the goods family-style on Tuesday evenings.
"I've heard so many people lamenting that there's no Ethiopian food in Asheville, I thought that I would start serving some on Tuesday nights and see how that goes," says Lisa Gambrell, one of four owners of DeSoto. Having visited the popular West Asheville watering hole on Tuesday nights, I'd say Ganbrell and team have a hit on their hands.
To scratch your daily injera itch, however, let's hope some savvy entrepreneur out there heeds your call.
As for your Vietnamese cravings, Pho Fusion Vietnamese restaurant is in the works for the Downtown Market Culinary Canvas food court. The culinary mind behind the restaurant, chef Tru Phan, is new to Asheville, but boasts 30 years of experience in exclusive high-end resorts throughout the world, says Pepper Parris, marketing director of the Downtown Market.
Pho Fusion will be open Wednesday through Sunday, from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. If the venture is popular, says Parris, it will be open seven days a week until at least 7 p.m.
DeSoto is located at 504 Haywood Road. For more information, visit desotolounge.com. The Downtown Market is located at 45 S. French Broad Ave. For more information, call 255-8858.
— Mackensy Lunsford