By Jan Schroder
One of my favorite things to do when I travel is find new restaurants on my own, with the help of my BFF Google. I always check blogs and recommendations of local writers because who knows better, right?
Which is how we came to eat at the small, brightly colored Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean Restaurant in Asheville, North Carolina last weekend. And we were not steered wrong. We had one of the best meals of our lives there.
After navigating the small area of downtown Asheville, we found a parking spot but weren’t sure whether we had to add money to the meter. As I’m circling it, looking all around for some type of clue, a van drove by. Half laughing, a girl yelled out, “You don’t have to put money in at night!” Oh well – I’m okay at being laughed at if it saves me a few bucks.
We strolled up the hill, found the restaurant and were seated fairly quickly. We opted for the house margarita made with Sauza gold, Licor 43 and fresh citrus, and I loved it. Unlike most margaritas, which are way too sweet, this one was a perfect blend. We got an order of guacamole and were stunned when it arrived. Rather than the usual small tortilla chips, these were each half a tortilla and beautifully arranged around a huge mound of delicious, fresh guacamole.
We opted to share a shrimp skewer, which was a mixture of grilled shrimp, black beans, rice, goat cheese and some other yumminess, which was one of the best dishes we’d ever had. Other options include enchiladas, open face fajitas, burritos and molcajetes, which is a dish served in a hot lave rock bowl. All their meats are natural and hormone free, and all ingredients were fresh.
The menu changes twice daily and as noted on the menu “Due to the eclectic nature of our cuisine the chef may substitute components of menu items at times.”
As we dined we watched the parade of passers-by, so may of them my husband speculated it was graduation weekend at UNC-Asheville. But our waitress told us graduation had been the week before and this was just the usual warm-weather crowd. It was so refreshing to see an active downtown area we just sat back and enjoyed the food. And every bite of our delicious meal.