It is better to stay silent and be thought a fool than to open one’s mouth and reveal the enormous slice of carrot cake wedged inside. Keep a pastry portal well stocked with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of baked goods and nonalcoholic drinks at Old Europe.
Owned and operated by expert pastry chef Melinda Vetro, who learned the trade as an apprentice to her cinnamon-dispensing grandmother, Old Europe treats sweet teeth to authentic Hungarian delectables, baked daily. Sample the Ricardo, a rich chocolate nut cake with raspberry cream garnished with ganache, fresh raspberry topping, and a slick hairdo ($3.50), or mop up an espresso drink ($1.50) with an absorbent viennese shortbread ($1.29). Traditionalists may err on the side of biscotti ($1.29) or the dobos torte, a five-layer sponge cake accented with dark-chocolate buttercream that infuses its eater with confectionary confidence.
Speckled brown walls encase Old Europe's warm interior, which also features a dining area for instant gastronomic gratification. Give into the gentle pull of fresh-baked aroma magnets anytime between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. Monday–Friday, or until midnight on Friday and Saturday, when pastries come to life to perform a light-hearted rendition of The Hunt for Red October.
Twenty Yelpers give Old Europe a 3.5-star average:
13 Broadway St.
Asheville, North Carolina 28801Get Directions