Sleek light fixtures dangle from Kohana Japanese Restaurant's ceiling and subtly illuminate a tidily minimal fleet of indigo and white chairs, booths abutting wavy-lined wall paneling, and plates featuring eats carefully crafted and presented by the chefs. Sharply dressed in the only two colors that can be worn together, black and white, servers march out with precisely sliced sections of signature dishes such as the Phoenix specialty roll, which combines spicy tuna, snow crab, and avocado with a multifaceted dressing. Non-sushi selections, such as crunchy shrimp tempura and baked salmon with eel sauce, also pair well with Kohana's selection of wine, beer, and sake.
With nothing but real butter, milk, flour, sugar, eggs, and sheer artistic ability, sisters Kimberly and Kristina and their team keep Faboo Cakes' ovens churning out elaborate and edible art pieces. Their sweet cake sculptures have taken the shape of football mascots, musical instruments, trucks, sci-fi characters, and pets. In addition to crafting whimsical desserts, the bakeshop whips up brownies, cookies, whoopie pies, fresh tarts, and other pastries, as well as marshmallows made by hand or plucked fresh from the tree. Kimberly and Kristina also reveal their secrets in hands-on baking classes.
Big HD screens, a menu of savory pub fare, and hospitable, scantily kilted servers, whom the restaurant calls cast members, populate the Tilted Kilt’s lively, Celtic-inspired consumption quarters. Congenial nights kick off with a mouthwatering appetizer, such as the Tilted Kilt irish nachos, whose freshly cooked potato chips arrive sporting a delectable cheese sauce, seasoned ground beef, and tomatoes, or the roasted garlic fries tossed in garlic butter and parmesan cheese. Dining duos return from rousing billiards games to celebrate sunken 8 balls or puzzle over levitating cue balls with creatively topped flatbread pizzas, or the classic Big Arse hamburger, a 10-ounce patty of choice ground chuck delivered by mini-kilt-clad waitresses. Amid a sea of sports-tuned HDTVs, soda and coffee hydrate throats parched from shouting answers during Wednesday trivia or from shouting improvised choruses at live-music performers on most Fridays.
Unlike jerk-chicken pudding or fried-tuna Twinkies, ice cream makes for a delectable dessert that properly caps off any meal. At MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery, patrons can sample a huge menu of ice cream and other treats that are sure to slap a smile on any face and massage taste buds with sugary strokes. Try ice cream in flavor combinations such as Strawberry Skateboard with sprinkles, gummy bears, and marshmallows, or Cotton Candy Ski Jump with M&Ms and marshmallows. With one mix-in, prices range from $2.99 to $4.99 for a cup or cone, $3.99 for a pint, and $6.99 for a quart. Ice-cream cupcakes ($8.95 per 4-pack) can be enjoyed with a spoon or spoon-fingers. Dream cakes ($19.99+), on the other hand, come in appropriately oneiric flavors such as Pecan Perfection and Strawberry Cheesecream, and most are available in six-inch, eight-inch, and sheet-cake sizes. Health-conscious hedonists can indulge in strawberry-banana, mango, and mocha smoothies (starting at $3.95), whereas ice-cream pizzas ($19.95+) topped with white-chocolate curls will perplex pizza-party attendees before blasting away reservations with deliciousness.
Hendersonville Produce stocks its aisles with fresh fruits and veggies delivered each day, grass-fed beef, and seasonal favorites sourced from local farmers and vendors, such as Southern Artisan Chocolate and Sweetwater Cheeses. Customers can fill a basket with vine-ripe tomatoes ($2.59/lb.), juicy fillets ($12.99+/lb.), and gourmet cheeses ($6.99/lb.) to give homebrewed cuisine a fine-dining vintage. Mouths catch the fall spirit by sinking chompers into nutrient-rich squash ($1.99/lb.) and lit-candle-rich pumpkin ($2.99+). Hendersonville Produce also provides decorative seasonal items, including gourds and mums, as well as an arsenal of everyday essentials, such as half gallons of milk ($3.57), avocados ($1.99/each), jam ($3.99–$4.59), and solid-gold turnips. Shoppers can stop by to indulge in complimentary samples and refreshments on select days.