Tucked into the Blue Ridge Mountains, Asheville, NC is a weekender’s paradise. It’s a scenic 2-hour drive from Charlotte and filled to the brim with art, local pride, dog-friendly venues and fantastic food. It’s reputation proceeds itself as a tourist’s mountain mecca for outdoor adventurists, art lovers, modern day hippies and foodists alike. As eager entrepreneurs in the wholesome snack world, Sean and I knew a weekend visit was a must. So we picked a date, hoped for good weather (snow tires are not part of our entourage), grabbed some sample brüks bars and headed to the mountains. What we hoped to be a part-business, part-pleasure weekend getaway was a full fledged blast, in large part thanks to the infinite options of allergen friendly restaurants. We wined, we dined, we went home happy as clams. Here’s a look at some of the fantastic places we visited on our trip:
Katuah Market – Call it a natural foods market, call it Earth Fare’s new Asheville competition, or call it what you will, Katuah Market is a warm fuzzy place for natural food shoppers. BONUS: Starting this week, they will be carrying brüks bars!!
Hana Sushi – A quick stop at Hana for sashimi with mango and avocado satisfied our growling bellies until our late night dinner.
Curate – Late night, Spanish tapas, a warm modern European setting. Yes, please. This place was excellent all around. BONUS: Their menu consists of gluten-free, dairy-free options upon request.
White Duck Taco – This little gem is located on a mostly residential street in the River Arts District. The line wrapped around the building, but five tacos later, we realized it was worth the wait. BONUS: They offer vegetarian taco options.
French Broad Chocolates – This locally owned and operated joint is world class. Eating some chocolate here was a great all-around experience. BONUS: They have gluten-free options, their lounge is cozy, and open late!
Battery Park Book Exchange – This is the library of some people’s dreams. With exchanged books stacked as high as the ceiling, great coffee and wine, what more could you ask for in a reading room? BONUS: There about a dozen couches and corners, perfect for getting lost in a good book. Plant – Vegan menu, or not, the food here is simply out of this world. With flavor combinations that delight and a textures that mimic steak, for even the most critical of ex red meat connoisseurs (yes, Sean knows his stuff), this place rocks…and rolls. BONUS: Whatever your preference for veggies, meat, or in-between, go here for dessert. The brownie sundae will not disappoint.
While we merely had time for an introduction to this lovely city, we hope to frequent Asheville as often as possible. We highly recommend you grab your yoga mat, hiking shoes and appetite, and do the same.