Asheville Review

We saw.  We explored.  We ate.  We ate a lot.  We drank.  We laughed.

We arrived on Thursday evening around 6:30 pm to our cute little cabin in the woods.  We’ve learned that when this duo travels, we enjoy renting a house versus a hotel.  A two bedroom, two bathroom house does the trick.  It’s nice to have shared space (living room and kitchen).  On Thursday night, instead of venturing into town, we decided to make a simple, cozy dinner of cheese, olives, fruit, nuts, and charcuterie.

Friday morning we were up early – we had a full day planned.

We headed straight for Biscuit Head.  And holy deliciousness.  The biscuits were literally the size of your head.

I went big – the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit.  {biscuit with mimosa fried chicken, sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw and a poached egg}

We did not leave hungry.

After breakfast, we headed downtown to do a little walking – totally necessary.  The weather was unseasonably warm but I can’t lie – it was nice not having to wear a winter coat all weekend.

We explored and popped into a few shops before stopping at LAB (Lexington Avenue Brewery) for a drink.

After a little more walking around, we headed to lunch.  Isa’s Bistro is located downtown but once you stepped inside you felt you were worlds away from Asheville.  While lunch was light and tasty, I wouldn’t rank Isa’s on the top of my “favorite” bites.

Friday afternoon was dedicated to the Biltmore.  

The Biltmore is absolutely breathtaking but we were a little disappointed that there is only one real tree in the house – the massive one in the dining room.  I could have sworn the last time I was at the Biltmore all the trees were real.

We spent several hours walking around the house and grounds.  After an afternoon of walking, we headed back downtown for a cocktail before dinner.

We grabbed a drink at Posana’s.  The bartenders were fantastic and I would highly recommend this restaurant – it was on my list of places to eat but we just didn’t have enough meals to visit every where.

We had been anticipating our Friday night dinner for weeks.   Cúrate has been on my list for years and it did not disappoint.  We split about 12 small plates and enjoyed every.single.bite.

A few of my favorite dishes:

aceitunas cúrate – our curated blend of olives with lemon, rosemary and thyme

chistorra & chips josé’s way – spicy chorizo wrapped in potato chips… the perfect snack

pimientos de piquillo y queso de cabra – piquillo peppers stuffed w/ spanish goat cheese

migas – sautéed brussel sprouts, raisins, cauliflower, and a celery root yogurt mousse

Post-dinner, we headed back to the cabin and lounged by the fire.

We took our time Saturday morning before heading out.  First stop:  Sierra Nevada Brewery.  The tap room is beautiful and we arrived just in time to snag a seat at the bar.

I am not a huge beer fan but I decided to try out a few of the beers by ordering a flight.

The Kellerweis was by far my favorite.

A hazy wheat ale—untamed, unfiltered and unafraid. With a full, fruity aroma and notes of spicy clove and banana bread, Kellerweis is truly a unique brew.

I totally could taste the banana bread notes and it was lower on the IBU (bitterness) range – bitter beer is not my thing at all.

Since we had a light breakfast at the cabin, we ordered a few bar bites to share.

duck fat fries  thrice-cooked fries, duck confit, aged cheddar, hot sauce aioli, raspberry mustard

pretzels & pimento beer cheese  Hop Hunter, sharp cheddar, pimentos, Bavarian pretzels

Both were absolutely incredibly and quite possibly the best bar food ever.  The duck fat fries are out of control!

We decided that we would eat a progressive lunch and headed straight to White Duck Taco.   There are two locations but I highly recommend the one in the River Arts District.

We ordered a variety of different tacos for optimal tasting.

Spicy Buffalo Chicken

Bangkok Shrimp (most popular)

Thai Peanut Chicken

Pork Belly (my favorite!)

Fish Taco

Looking Glass Creamery was on the way back to our cabin and I am so glad we stumbled across this unique cheese shop.  We could not resist ordering a bottle of bubbles and a cheese plate to enjoy outside.  Not only is the cheese shop super cute but the cheese is incredible.  The coconut goat cheese was one of my favorites along with the Chocolate Lab.   We snagged a few to bring home along with Lusty Monk mustard – THE BEST MUSTARD EVER.

This little spot is a hidden gem and it’s one of the favorite places we visited all weekend.

We honestly made the most of our short visit because we made a quick stop back at the cabin to change and then it was back downtown for drinks and dinner.  We were quite shocked at the traffic in downtown Asheville – so if you’re not staying downtown, give yourself plenty of time to find a parking spot.

It was recommended that we stop by Sovereign Remedies for a cocktail and we were pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t incredibly busy.  After a round of drinks, we arrived at Rhubarb for our final dinner in Asheville.

Incredible food.  A must-visit if you’re ever in Asheville.

We shared a few appetizers:

LOBSTER CORN DOGS – Comeback Sauce

RABBITT LEEK RILLETTE – Apple-Currant Mostarda, House Made Sel-Tines

THE HOUSE CURE – Country Pate, Bresaola, Crispy Pig Head, Coppa, Pickled Quail Egg, House-Made Sel-tines
and Mustards

GOAT CHEESE BURRATA – Beets, Virginia Beauty Apples,  Crispy Sage, Wild Ginger Vinegar, Apple Chutney, Crostini

The goat cheese burrata was one of the best bites I had all weekend and the lobster corn dogs were a fun appetizer to share.

Our dinners were also rather impressive but Ryan had my favorite entree –

LOOKING GLASS GOAT CHEESE GNUDI – Roasted Shallots, Local Mushrooms, Grana Padano, Spinach, Butter Beans,  Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

We weren’t hungry at all when we left but I could not not take Sarah to French Broad Chocolates.  We waited in line for a little while (thankfully it wasn’t cold out) before ordering a few desserts to take back to share.

Our last and final bites in Asheville were on Sunday morning at Corner Kitchen.   I ordered the bagel and lox along with a side salad – the rest of the weekend had been lacking in vegetables.

The weekend flew by but it was absolutely perfect.  From the cabin to the company (#thewaticks) to ALL the food we ate – I wouldn’t change a thing.

Don’t worry Asheville, I’ll be back.  But until then I’ll be dreaming of cheese and moving into the Biltmore.

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