Here’s the last of our restaurant reviews from last month’s trip to The Biltmore Estate, in Asheville, NC. You can read about the winery at Biltmore here, and the overall trip review here. All of the restaurants are on the estate proper, so they are an integral part of the trip and a big factor in our overall impression of the place. That overall impression was very good, and we look forward to going back at some point.
Cedric’s is named after the Vanderbilt’s St. Bernard, who was the patriarch of a small herd of St. Bernards that roamed the place. It’s located in Antler Village, a small shopping area which also houses a small museum and adjoins the winery. Think brew pub (and it is one) kind of vibe, as it is lively, with a lot of high top areas and televisions. It’s kind of homey as well though, and we really liked the feel of the place. This area can get crowded some days, and this seems to be the favorite stop for lunch. We were looking at a twenty minute wait for a table, but fortunately there was a spot at the bar and we settled in there.
Overall the menu has a nice selection of brew pub fare, with Cedric’s beers, Biltmore wines and a full bar.
Cheri ordered a gin and tonic and I had a Cedric’s IPA, which was quite good, pretty typical and not too hoppy. When we sat down they brought out a jar of home made, fresh dill pickles, and these were really tasty. They were crisp and bright, and were gone in a second. Maybe we were hungry.
Lunch was a Spring Vegetable Tart for Cheri and Fish and Chips for me. Cheri’s tart was pronounced excellent, and it came with pickled carrots and lettuce salad on the side. I’d have to say this was the first time I’d ever tried a pickled carrot. The fish and chips was also quite good, with a large piece of lightly
battered cod that was cooked perfectly and was not greasy at all. Clean plates ruled the day here.
This is a good choice for lunch or dinner if you are visiting Antler Village. Really
your only other choice is the Bistro next to the winery, which is more elegant and more expensive, but also very good. You can read that review here. We’ll come back to Cedric’s if we visit the estate again. Our wallet is out here.