A foodie’s look at Asheville, N.C.

North Carolina Mountains

For our fifth wedding anniversary, the husband and I decided to make a trip up to Asheville, N.C. Only about five hours away from Myrtle Beach, it is an easy weekend destination.
In addition to its outdoor beauty with mountains, trails, trees and flowers, Asheville is also quite the foodie destination.
Several chefs have started one of a kind eateries in and around Asheville that make it a top food destination.

The Green Man Brewery

On our way to Asheville, we made a stop in Monroe, North Carolina to check out one of the only places you can get white barbecue sauce. Yes, you read that right: WHITE barbecue sauce. Supposedly, it is an Alabama thing and can only be found in that state. When my husband was researching our trip, he found Big Bob Gibson’s in Monroe. It is an original Alabama restaurant and serves the white barbecue sauce over barbecue chicken. The sauce is very different than the tradition barbecue sauce, but it definitely is tasty and has a place in the competitive BBQ world.
After our short detour to Monroe, we headed to Asheville for our adventure. Our anniversary is July 5 and so we always get to enjoy the Fourth of July festivities. It is always fun to think the fireworks are just for us…
Once we got to Asheville, we checked into our hotel about 10 minutes away from the city center.
On our first evening, we enjoyed music and fireworks Downtown and a Cuban dinner at Havana’s Restaurant. The ropa vieja is to die for.
On July 5, the husband and I enjoyed some sight seeing and an amazing lunch at White Duck Taco. This place serves up fresh, made-to-order tacos and salsas. It is THE hot spot for business luncheons and we were lucky to get a table. On the menu, that changes daily, are a variety of tacos with various ethnicities. You can order mexican tacos, asian tacos, barbecue tacos and so much more. My husband and I only got two tacos each and I regret it every day. I should have gotten more.

Curate
After lunch, we explored the Biltmore Village area. It is very touristy and full of little shops meant to sell you overpriced goodies that you can find anywhere. There are a few original shops in the mix like the Tree and Vine shop, but not many. Here is where you can also check out the Biltmore Estate. It is pricey to get in, but I hear that it is amazing. My friend and fellow blogger Megan from Mapping Megan stayed in the Biltmore Estate and loved it. It is something to at least check out.
For dinner, we checked out the award winning tapas bar, Curate, created by chef Katie Button. This place rocks. The dishes Ms. Button creates are top-of-the-line and really show off her talents. We got a variety of dishes including the gambas al ajillo, the chistorra & chips, jamon serrano and the pan con tomate. Everything was amazing and the service was impeccable.

After dinner, we took a stroll over to the French Broad Chocolate Lounge for a slice of cake and a macron. I am a chocoholic and am pretty sure I could have spent hours in that shop tasting and smelling everything.

French Broad Chocolates

Ashveille has so much to offer locals and visitor’s alike. We enjoyed strolling the Whole Foods-esque grocery store, tasting and buying wines from various shops, sipping on a flight of beers from the Green Man Brewery and a stop at the local food co-op where we found fresh, locally sourced goodies that you can’t find anywhere else. While we were there, we even fit in a long hike to the top of a mountain. The views were amazing and totally worth it. Plus, we burned some calories, which is always good on a foodie trip.
If you are looking for an eclectic, hippie, fun and delicious place to go for you next trip, I would highly recommend Asheville. The places I mentioned barely scratch the surface of the amazingness that is Asheville, N.C.

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