Asheville City Guide
I would say this to anyone who asks - Asheville is the best city in North or South Carolina. Period.
Asheville is one of the most common cities that people ask me for recommendations for. It’s one of my favorite weekend trips, and I usually make it at least once or twice a year. Here are my favorite spots and things to do in the city, thus far.
2019 ASHEVILLE CITY GUIDE
WHERE TO EAT IN ASHEVILLE
Notice I said get doughnuts, not get a doughnut. You are absolutely going to want more than one. These are the only doughnuts (I have found) on earth that I will literally get out of bed for. They are not your usual doughnut. They are made to order. They are piping hot. There aren’t a ton of flavors to choose from, because it’s not about that. The doughnuts at Hole are not novelty desserts. They are just damn delicious creations that are about simple perfect textures and flavors. They are light and fluffy. You’re going to dream about them after.
And have dinner while you’re at it. Ben’s is a cool joint. It’s casual. There are games. Sometimes there is live music. The food is KILLER. I recommend ordering as a team, and don’t skip the dumpling of the day. I also recommend going for the sake flight. Just try it all. Why not?
I’m going to throw it out there - this is some of the best Mediterranean food I’ve had. It’s a good spot for lunch or dinner (they even serve brunch!), and the service is top notch. The last time I had a meal at Jerusalem Garden our phenomenal server even asked if he could box up our leftovers for us or to leave in the back for a member of Asheville’s homeless population to pick up - this is one of the things I love about Asheville, they try to prevent food waste and it is legal to opt to leave your leftovers for someone less fortunate (this isn’t legal everywhere). PS: Don’t miss the belly dancers on Friday and Saturday nights!
These tacos are HUGE and they are damn delicious. If you’re like me, your eyes are likely going to be bigger than your belly. I’d go with two tacos, even for the hungriest of times. The Santi is tasty tasty - and don’t shy away from the veggies tacos even if you aren’t a vegetarian. So far, the Good Lovin’ is my favorite!
Are you seeing a small trend here? Eat more hole foods. Am I right? The Classic Gravlax bagel from Button & Co. is one of the best lox bagels I have ever had. I’ve also heard the Pastrami on Rye is a YES all day long. The coffee is strong, the service is good, and you won’t have to wait in the long brunch lines that are often a total buzz kill to a day of intended exploring.
When it comes to Buxton Hall, I have two things to say. Bon Appétit once said this was home to one of America’s best chicken sandwiches, and get the sweet potato pie.
WHAT TO DO IN ASHEVILLE
And I’m going to make a suggestion here, hike Craggy Gardens. This hike is a little less than a 2 mile round trip and has a visitor center right off of the Blue Ridge Parkway. It’s easy to find, rated moderate-easy, and the trail is well marked. There are tons of beautiful trails to explore in Asheville, but if you’re only in town for the weekend and you don’t want to cash out your entire day on a hike, this is a great choice. The trail ends at a beautiful overlook and no one in your crew will be disappointed.
Don’t roll your eyes at me - the LaZoom bus is a good damn time. My mother and I rode this bus on our first trip to Asheville and we had a blast. I want to note that my mother hates comedy. It isn’t her thing. She doesn’t give out laughs for free, and the actors on this bus made her LAUGH. This is a great way to see other parts of Asheville, even some residential communities with great history, and you can BYOB. What could be better?
MG Road may be my favorite bar on Earth. I know that’s a tall thing to say, but I think it’s true. The folks at the door keep the crowd small and the drinks are tasty. If DJ Lil Meow Meow is on the turntables, it’s going to be a good time. Wear your dancing shoes.
WHERE TO SHOP IN ASHEVILLE
Horse and Hero is a shop in downtown Asheville that sells locally made art and goods. I have purchased several things from this shop - a print, some earrings,
Honeypot is in a great little walking area where you can pop in and out of shops finding all kinds of unique things. I love shopping at vintage stores, and this is one of my favorites. They even have a great selection of reasonable priced vintage cowboy boots.
Voltage is in the same area as honeypot, and it is filled with great new and old record finds. They even have a decent selection of band tees.
While Mora is a little on the pricy side, it’s worth a look around. They have handmade jewelry of all kinds and every piece is a work of art. It’s a great place to splurge on something unique you’ll never forget.
Have other Asheville favorites? Share them with me in the comments!
Until we eat again -