To celebrate our first anniversary last weekend, we decided to drive up to Asheville to do a culinary tour. We’ve done both of the culinary tours in Greenville and really enjoyed them, so we thought it would be fun to explore the culinary scene of another city. Asheville has two culinary tours, but after reading reviews, we decided to buy tickets for Eating Asheville.
Over the course of the tour, you get to try small plates at a minimum of six restaurants. Not too bad for $47. Unfortunately, it rained the entire time during the tour, but we still had a good time.
Here are a few details and snapshots from our tour. I took all the photos with my iPhone, so they aren’t fancy by any means.
Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar – the tour starts here every week. We had champagne and a few spreads on crispy baguettes.
The Green Room Bistro – This was actually one of the places Andrew and I ate at during our trip to Asheville in January. They served us peanut butter black bean hummus with smoked roast beef and turkey along with a Pale Ale from a local brewery (can’t remember which one). The smoked meats were good, but the hummus was by far the best item at this stop.
Strada – Strada served us food from their brunch menu. We ate cinnamon challah toast with polenta. Apparently it’s the Italian version of French Toast. It was delicious. We also sipped on a glass of Cherry Italian Soda.
The Gourmet Chip Company – Our fourth stop was a quick one. We grabbed our chips and ate them on the go. We had the Salt & Vinegar chips, which were unlike any chips I’ve ever had. They were topped with Dehydrated Apple Cider Vinegar, Mediterranean Sea Salt, and Balsamic Vinegar Reduction. I definitely want to go back to this place.
Chestnut – We headed to Chestnut and were served a doughnut with a caramel Chestnut drizzle. The doughnut was good, but extremely sweet and dense. I left the restaurant wishing we had been served a savory dish instead, since we had already eaten a sweet breakfast dish at Strada.
Sevens Sows Bourbon & Larder – Seven Sows is one of the newer restaurants in Asheville. It had a cool, rustic atmosphere, and I wouldn’t mind trying it out the next time we’re in the area. We had a fried green tomato served over grits. It was pretty dark in here, so my pictures didn’t turn out great.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge – We ended the tour by tasting a truffle and dark chocolate from French Broad Chocolate Lounge. This was another one of the places we went to back in January. They had a line out the door like usual, so I felt kind of cool/guilty being able to skip the line completely and go upstairs with the tour. The truffle was really good, and I’m not usually a big fan of truffles. The dark chocolate was very dark and bitter – not my favorite.
Overall, we really enjoyed the tour. I love culinary tours, because when else do you get to try out seven restaurants over the course of a few hours? When we compared it to the Greenville culinary tours, we didn’t feel like we got quite as much food on Eating Asheville. We also thought there were too many sweets on the tour, but I don’t know if that can be avoided since the chefs change up their menu each time. Plus, the chefs don’t communicate with each other about what they’re planning to make. The variety of food at each stops just depends on that day. That being said, we still had a great time and would recommended it to any foodies wanting to explore the culinary scene in Asheville.