Family wanted to meet for dinner in Hendersonville and Never Blue was one of the choices. I checked out the menu so knew there was enough diversity to make everyone happy. None of us had ever been to a tapas bar, so we had a bit of a learning curve.
We started with the biscuits which arrived piping hot in a cast iron skillet with three small jams. Everyone had the same critique: wow! Never Blue is not an ordinary dinner spot to feed a hunger. It is an experience!
After the biscuits, each couple shared a spinach salad. It was fresh and perfectly dressed. Over the course of two hours we had: mussels, beans & rice, short rib (amazing!!), shrimp & grits, ribeye quesadilla, and the Love Muffins. We had plenty to eat and could have left perfectly happy, but the dessert menu beckoned. We decided to have The Brownie. This is no ordinary brownie with ice cream on top. The brownie is topped with chocolate ganache. When wrapped and baked in phyllo dough, it is reminiscent of a lava cake with the first spoonful. Combined with candied pecan ice cream, chocolate sauce, and more pecans on the side, it was the perfect ending for four sated adults.
We were all impressed with the menu and the little "extras" like thinly shaved fried okra atop the shrimp and grits. We are veterans of many cruises and have eaten plenty of fine meals, but Never Blue provided food like we have never experienced.
Lots of reviews have been written and helped me make a decision to try Never Blue. We initially had slow service because many of the servers were taking a test on recently added menu items. Kudos to the owners for acknowledging the value of informed staff. As more servers came in the service improved.
There are three areas that have tables. The restaurant seems to be doggy friendly if you eat outside. I would highly recommend looking at the menu before you go. Then you will have an idea of the dishes and the prices. Never Blue is more expensive than many options in Hendersonville for dinner. However, I felt that the quality and presentation of the food was in line with the prices. We have been sharing our experience with other couples and look forward to returning to Never Blue.
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