Time Out, a website that shares travel and dining tips, has included Asheville’s Cúrate Tapas Bar on its list of the 16 best Spanish restaurants in the USA.

At #2, the article touts Cúrate, featuring Chef Katie Button’s creative tapas and  an open kitchen.

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Diners love at the bar at Cúrate in Asheville. Photo by Evan Sung.

“Highlighting stints with none other than José Andrés and Ferran Adrià, Cúrate chef-partner Katie Button’s résumé may be deadly serious, but her family-run destination in Asheville is as warm and charming as her name is cute.

Button recommends that the guests who belly up to the long tiled bar overlooking the kitchen put themselves in their servers’ hands when it comes to dish selection: ‘It’s a lot of fun and you end up trying and enjoying things you might never typically order.’

Perhaps you’ll be treated to the chilled almond-garlic soup called ajo blanco and béchamel-smothered canelones de carne mixta; or perhaps meltingly translucent slices of smoked lardo on toast and stunning rossejat negro with squid ink-tinted fideos. You’ll certainly want some wine; the bottle prices are reasonable enough to throw in a copita of fine Sherry too.”

A perfect springtime meal at Cúrate- esqueixada de montaña rossejat negro, calcotada (ramps), and rosé wine. Photo by Christopher Shane.

A perfect springtime meal at Cúrate- esqueixada de montaña rossejat negro, calcotada (ramps), and rosé wine. Photo by Christopher Shane.

It’s definitely a fantastic adventure to leave the menu up to your server- we call it the “Spanish Experience.” Co-owner Félix Meana maintains an all-Spanish wine list to appeal to wine lovers of all levels- and the cocktails are excellent, too.

Make a reservation today to try it yourself!

The complete list:

  1. é by José Andrés, Las Vegas, NV

  2. Cúrate, Asheville, NC

  3. Toro, Boston, MA

  4. smoke.oil.salt., Los Angeles, CA

  5. Casa Mono, New York City, NY

  6. Contigo, San Francisco, CA

  7. Ataula, Portland, OR

  8. BCN Taste & Tradition, Houston, TX

  9. Txikito, New York City, New York

  10. Amada, Philadelphia, PA

  11. Salero, Chicago, IL

  12. Duende, San Francisco, CA

  13. The Iberian Pig, Atlanta, GA

  14. Noriega’s, Bakersfield, CA

  15. Vera, Chicago, IL

  16. La Taberna del Alabardero, Washington, D.C.

 

 

 

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