5 Asheville Breweries Eateries That You Must Try

Sweeten Creek Brewing Sandwich Shop in Asheville

When you think about Asheville breweries, the first thing that comes to mind is craft beer of course. But after a short time, and a few brews, your stomach starts to kick in and put in a food request. You can always go to a restaurant that features plenty of local Asheville beer, as so many places do. Barley’s Pizza for example is a staple in downtown Asheville, and although Highland Brewing started their operation in the basement, they have never actually brewed any beer themselves. Instead they have a pizzeria that hosts craft beer taps from the local area, as well as specialty nationwide taps.

Bhramari Brewhouse in Asheville NC

Many of you want that brewery experience. In the past, breweries kind of strayed away from food for the most part. Some did not want to seem competitive with eateries, while other just didn’t want the responsibility of food. Because if the food is not great, the beer begins to not taste so great either; consistency is important. So they either offered bar snacks or maybe even featured one of the local food trucks.

Now several breweries in Asheville are serving some delicious food options, and we even caught ourselves going there for the food first, and drinking a brew as an afterthought.

Here are the Asheville breweries-eateries that you must try:

  1. Sweeten Creek Brewing – they have their own brews on taps as well as several guest taps, and they are all good! But the sandwiches are out of this world. This spot will easily become your favorite sandwich shop. (featured in photo 1)
  2. Bhramari Brewhouse – talk about some amazing food and brews, this place has it all. You do not want to come to Asheville without stopping here for a beer and something to eat. (featured in photo 2)
  3. Wicked Weed Brewing – this place did not go from zero to hero by mistake. It was a calculated plan of stellar craft beer, mixed with a bunch of food options.
  4. Lexington Avenue Brewery – a local hangout in downtown Asheville that features many craft beer taps, a menu with lots of food, and one of the best people watching patios in the area.
  5. Asheville Pizza & Brewing – what goes better with a bunch of local craft beer taps than pizza? This spot has always been on point, and perfect if you are looking for a pizza & pub food spot that specializes in brewing their own beer.

Pinwheels & Pizza in Asheville North Carolina

Favilla's Pizza in Asheville NC

We stopped by Favilla’s Pizzeria in north Asheville the other night to grab a quick bite. Of course we started with their delicious pinwheels, one made with spinach and the other with sausage and pepperoni. If my wife had nothing else but this, she would be satisfied, as it is her favorite “appetizer” or snack meal. I ordered the Sicilian pizza, and she ordered a slice of double-crust pizza with eggplant parmesan and chicken. We bumped into some of our friends who had escaped the Widespread Panic mania downtown to get something to eat on the north side. The lady, who is a dietitian, told us that it was their first time there and that the gluten-free pizza was so good. This place is a must-try if you are looking for authentic New York Style Pizza, Brooklyn to be exact!

Asheville’s First Black Lesbian Owned Vegan Cafe

Chef Velvet Asheville NC

The Vegan Experience by Celebrity Chef Velvet of Washington DC is coming to Asheville North Carolina; The Block off Biltmore to be exact. As healthy food options increase in Asheville, more opportunities arise for chefs and entrepreneurs to relocate to the area.

If you have never heard of Chef Velvet, you can check out her website which tells a grand story:

As a result of the food disparities in the metro DC Area, Velvet was inspired to start her non-profit program to teach under-served communities across the nation the importance of community gardens, self-sustainability and life benefits of a healthy diet. In January of 2013 Velvet became Co-founder of “Vegan in the Hood” under the umbrella of a “Beautiful U, Yes U!”

Vegan Experience by Chef Velvet in Asheville NC

When we saw the flyer stating that this was the “First Black Lesbian Owned Vegan Cafe” in Asheville, we had a few questions:

  1. How many Vegan cafes are located in Asheville and Western North Carolina?
  2. How many cafes or eateries in Asheville are “Black-Owned”?
  3. How many eateries are there in Asheville that are “Lesbian-Owned”?
  4. How many restaurants are there in WNC that are owned by a “Black Lesbian”?

I would say “not many” to most of these questions, so we are excited to see what Chef Velvet brings to our foodie scene and the community at large, as she seems to be constantly on the front line and doing whatever she can to give back to society.

A Recap of Asheville BaconFest 2016

Asheville Baconfest Bacon Fest 2016

If you love bacon, then you would have loved Baconfest 2016 in Asheville North Carolina! We stopped by Highland Brewing Company this past Saturday for the event, grabbed some beer, and started baconing it out. Starting at the VIP, we had some delicious tastes from Luella’s Barbecue, and yummy cupcakes from The Bake Shoppe.

We then headed out into the field, where many other restaurants and vendors were featured. And all of it was delicious. A few places really stuck out to us in a great way, namely The Colorful Palate, Iron Hen Cafe, Whole Foods, and Chicken Salad Chick. Unfortunately some restaurants like Ambrozia, Strada, and Ay Caramba only had enough food to last the first hour, so many of us missed out on trying their foods.

On the way out, we stopped by the “Sweet Spot” inside of Highland Brewing, and got to try some cake from The Blackbird and also maple bacon ice cream from 550 Tavern & Grille. Now I’m looking forward to Asheville Baconfest 2017!

Check out the Asheville Baconfest 2016 Video by G Social Media!

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