Jason and I like to head up to Asheville, NC at least once a year. We didn’t make it up there last year, but were back with this year and on a mission – to Eat Asheville.
Since Asheville has so many good restaurants and we were only there for one night, we thought we’d try to experience as many as we could and signed up for this walking tour.
The tour started out at the Battery Park Book and Champagne Bar. There were about 5 other couples on the tour, along with our tour guide Stuart. It wasn’t a surprise that we started out with a glass of champagne.
We also sampled two dips – a smoked trout and a goat pimento cheese.
Next we moved on to Cucina 24.
The executive chef, Brian, came out and talked about how he writes the menu and chooses the food, which was really cool.
He made us some sort of octopus dish. The tour as a whole was really accommodating to dietary restrictions and my octopus dish was served without bacon.
This was easily my favorite thing we had on the entire tour.
After Cucina 24, we walked over to Table.
We actually ended up sitting on the second floor bar, a place called Imperial Life that specializes in craft cocktails. We had some sort of shrimp hushpuppy.
Then it was off to Strada.
We were treated to a small glass of wine and some sort of pesto pasta.
After Strada, it was time for something sweet and we walked over to Chocolate Gems.
We had some chocolate and almond gelato. And a small [unpictured] truffle.
Unfortunately, it started pouring while we were enjoying our chocolate and we had to brave the rain to get to the next place – MG Road. MG Road is actually a bar and lounge that’s part of Chai Pani – a restaurant we actually have here (and really like) in Atlanta. It’s Indian Street Food.
We had three things (one was okra fries, but not sure what the other two were) and an Indian drink that tasted like a margarita.
This was probably the biggest portion we got at any of the restaurants. And finally, we walked over to Zambra for sangria and tapas.
Aside from the bacon in the octopus dish at Cucina 24, everything else was pescatarian or vegetarian on our tour. Zambra, howvever, was not. They gave everyone some sort of brisket dish.
But for me, they had a chicken chimichanga.
It was really nice – I noted that I didn’t eat red meat or pork when we bought the tickets, and there was something special for me at both restaurants that were offering something I don’t eat.
This looks like a lot of food, but really it wasn’t. They were all really small tastes (though MG Road was pretty big). I’d definitely recommend doing a tour like this if you’re ever in Asheville. It’s a fun way to explore the city.