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New wave of indy restaurants set to open on Haywood Road in West Asheville

 | February 24, 2014 | Comments (20)

asheville_sandwich_shop_2014Four new independent restaurants are on track to open sometime in the next few weeks along West Asheville’s Haywood Road, a commercial strip that has seen a boom of independent eateries and businesses recently. It’s a veritable food explosion in West Asheville, which recently got big play in the New York Times. The NYT noted the changing face of West Asheville, calling it a blue collar-hybrid, where auto repair shops and pawn shops are giving way to yoga studios and new restaurants.

There are more changes coming beyond March, but here’s a look at the new food coming right around the corner:

-First up: The Asheville Sandwich Shop says it’s getting ready to open a new location at 794 Haywood Road very soon. From their Twitter just the other day:

All permits passed at our new Haywood road location!!! Look for us opening up at 794 Haywood late next week

The Asheville Sandwich shop has awesome sammies. Check it out.



The Asheville Sandwich Company opens in West Asheville

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Published October 31, 2012 @ 6:06PM EDT mackensy []

The Asheville Sandwich Company has opened on the corner of Hanover and State Street.

The restaurant fills the sandwich-sized hole left by Viva Deli, which closed this summer after a dispute between the owners.

And while there’s no Italian on the regular menu at the Asheville Sandwich Company (though one may pop up on the rotating list of specials, promised owner Brian Good), there is a very good version of a bahn mi hoagie, with sweet-glazed pork belly (also available with tofu) on a crusty roll with pickled vegetables. There’s also a shrimp po boy with pico de gallo, a fried-chicken sandwich with Sriracha mayo and a vegetarian sandwich with brie, toasted pumpkin seeds, roasted pear chutney, honey and arugula.

The tiny sandwich shop, perched on the edge of a mini strip mall that also holds a convenience store, opens at 8 a.m. (Monday through Saturday), serving breakfast sandwiches like the South of the Border with potatoes, eggs and pico de gallo. Local eggs come from Far Side Farms and the sausage is house made.

Lunch is served until 3, with a menu devoted almost exclusively to generously sized sandwiches, all under $8. The most expensive item is a house-roasted prime rib sandwich with caramelized onions and cheddar at $7.75.[/wpcol_1half]

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Many of the sandwiches come stuffed with shoestring fries, a la Pittsburgh — and apparently Cleveland.

Good, who owns the restaurant with his father Tom and partner Lawrence Perkins, hails from Ohio, where he sought out fry-stuffed sandwiches as go-to post-bar fare. “I like that salty texture, and no one else here in town was doing it,” he said.

Good, a former food-and-beverage director for a retirement community, is also a teaching chef for the GO Kitchen-Ready Training Program. He and his wife also own Tiffany’s Baking Company, once featured on TLC’s Fabulous Cakes. With all that going on, it helps that Perkins, who was out delivering sandwiches when we stopped by, spent time working in the kitchen with Mario Batali at Lupa in New York.

“We’re in good hands,” Good said.

The Asheville Sandwich Company is located at 202 State Street. For more information, call 252-0110 or visit the restaurant’s Facebook page.[/wpcol_1half_end]