Nestled in Asheville's River Arts District, The Bull and Beggar is an upscale establishment with options from both land and sea. The restaurant is a mix of fancy and rustic, with exposed brick walls and dim lighting for a romantic vibe.
The Bull and Beggar's menu is European-inspired, with elements of French cuisine. To start, there are many refined options that come with fancy prices. You can start small with shrimp, cheese boards, or individual oysters. The next level up includes lobster rolls and cured meats.
If you're celebrating, consider going for the big-ticket hors d’oeuvres, such as the $75 caviar service. The full raw bar platter, with oysters, clams, and more, goes for $150. Small plates include honey-roasted pear, charred octopus, and beef tartare. There's a duck liver parfait with truffle, fig, and cheese. If you're vegetarian, opt for the white truffle wild mushroom risotto.
There are four main courses. Choose from guinea hen, halibut, filet mignon, or a dry, bone-in ribeye. Side dishes include broccoli, cabbage with shrimp, and hush puppies. If you're looking for a meal on the cheaper side, Monday is burger night, where you can get a double cheeseburger and fries for just $9.99. Quite the departure from $75 caviar.
There's a wide variety of specialty cocktails, including concoctions featuring gin, rye, and brandy. If you're feeling bold, try the Gospel of the Witches, which has Mahon Gin, Mancino Bianco Ambrato, and Strega Witch Liqueur. There's also a wide selection of beers and wines, including an option to add whiskey to your beer for an extra kick.
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