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A few weeks ago, when we went to Asheville for Jay’s birthday (read about that here), we met my lovely friend Virginia for brunch at Lexington Avenue Brewery.  If anything, our only complaint about this restaurant was that they didn’t open until noon on a Sunday because of North Carolina liquor laws – we wanted to stay there longer!

LAB’s atmosphere is bar-meets-bistro-meets-steakhouse with heavy wooden furniture, low lighting, an open front, and crazy cool menu – click here to see that!  Virginia and I had mimosas (mine was grapefruit – delish!) and Jay had a fabulously spicy Bloody Mary to drink.  The drinks were fabulous and came relatively quickly, even given the busy time of day that we chose to eat!

Our server wasn’t overly friendly and looked mildly hungover, but it was noon on a Sunday in Asheville and she was young, so we kind of understood.  She was prompt, though, and diners around us seemed to be enjoying their service as well!

We ordered the apple and brie flatbread pizza to share first, and absolutely loved it!  The crust was crunchy and the brie was oozy and delicious – a perfect combination of textures and flavors.  Virginia had sweet potato tater tots with chorizo and eggs from the brunch menu, pictured above, and loved that as well.  I ordered the slider appetizer which turned out to be our least favorite dish of the day – and that was saying a lot because we still loved them!  They were ever so slightly mushy, but the fried shoestring potatoes ON THE BURGERS totally made up for it.  Jay made the best menu choice of the day with the Turkey Day Sandwich, essentially thanksgiving dinner on bread!  It was HUGE, and the gravy/turkey/cranberry combo was perfectly executed!

Definitely visit LAB if you get a chance – it’s right downtown and we can’t wait to go back for dinner and try some of their other menu offerings and house-crafted beers!

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