Best Restaurants: A few years ago, Chef Katie Button, along with her husband and parents, went on a road trip across North Carolina with the singular purpose of finding the perfect town to roll out a restaurant. They picked Asheville. Three years and two James Beard nominations later, her restaurant, Cúrate, has become one of the most celebrated culinary achievements in Asheville and it's clear they made a smart choice. Cúrate's cuisine is Spanish tapas and the menu is packed with dozens of simple, small plates with bold flavors that not only stand as testament to Button's culinary training at both El Bulli in Spain and Jean-Georges in New York, but to her staunch support of local agriculture.
Local Expert Kristen Manieri Says:
Best Restaurants: "Cúrate's 22-seat marble bar, which overlooks the exhibition kitchen, offers the best seats in the house. Understandably, they fill up fast during lunch and dinner hours. Don't be afraid to visit Cúrate for a late lunch, say around 3pm, when you'll be more likely to snag these coveted seats."
Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Chef Katie Button has managed to forge her own, unique culinary trail even amidst so many other great local chefs in this small Blue Ridge town.
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