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Neighborhood Eats: Well Played

For this week's edition of Neighborhood Eats, we're raising the stakes with a little competition. Well Played is the state's only board game cafe and, lucky for us, it's in downtown Asheville. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

For this week's edition of Neighborhood Eats, we're raising the stakes with a little competition.

Well Played is the state's only board game cafe and, lucky for us, it's in downtown Asheville.

At Well Played, customers can really choose their own adventure. If you're into board games, this place is for you. If beer sounds better than backgammon, Well Played is still for you!

"You're not going to some fancy restaurant where you have to have perfect manners, and you can be a kid here and enjoy yourself," customer Leah Hoffman said.

Well Played opened its doors in March 2017, and it's been "game on" ever since. The cafe is the brainchild of co-owner Cortland Mercer.

"I grew up like a lot of people playing board games, you know, played against my dad, really loved competitions," Mercer explained.

The cafe has professional "game masters" who will make suggestions on what to play or help you find the game you're looking for.

"They're a great way to foster natural conversations without forcing something," game master Tanner Johnson said of board games.

As gamers compete to win, they can order some food to fuel the competition.

"You can get finger food like Snakables, M&Ms or Gold Fish crackers, animal crackers or hardier stuff," customer Alan Gratz said.

The cafe works hard to make the food experience compliment the gaming experience.

"That comes down to the size of the plates that we have, and they're long rectangles, so we don't take up a lot of space," Mercer explained.

It's a combination that works for Gratz and his daughter.

"It's really nice to have this time where we go and get from all of the other distractions," he said. "There's no TV here, you know. We can actually just talk to each other and play games and catch up on the games."

Well Played is located at 58 Wall Street in downtown Asheville, North Carolina. They're open Sunday - Thursday from noon to 10 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from noon to 1 a.m.

Check out their full food menu here. Check out their catalog of games here.

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