Greetings Foodtopia fans! One of the best parts about living in an epicenter of creative culinary experiences are the many new restaurants that we continuously have the privilege to try. This month two new Asheville restaurants in particular stand out: DoughP Donuts and S&W Artisanal. And the best news?? Eating Asheville is thrilled to welcome both of them aboard as new food tour partners for 2018!
Of course the delicious food is a hit at both of these establishments- but what impresses us the most is the creativity and ingenuity that both of these restaurants bring to downtown Asheville. We truly believe these places bring something to our foodtopia that no one else is offering- which is why we’re excited to introduce them to you! Here is a brief run down on each of these new Eating Asheville favorites:
DoughP donuts opened at the end of last year by local native Jay Medford. Jay has an extensive culinary background- ranging from fine dining to a local donut shop in New York City. Donuts are clearly his true calling. With creative flavors such as olive oil and cracked pepper, beet and ricotta cheese and pickled habanero these culinary delights are more than a simple sweet treat- they truly push the limits of unique food experiences and offer diners an experimental approach to an American classic.
We also love that Jay makes an effort to keep things local; utilizing local delicacies such as French Broad Chocolates in several of his glazes. ( Bone marrow and chocolate glazed donut anyone??) We think Jay truly displays the creativity and dedication that are the cornerstones of successful Asheville restaurants and we could not be more pleased to represent him on our food tours!!
The historic S&W building has undergone a transformation, and the results could not
be more magical. The restoration kept the orignal marble floors, tile walls and ceilings in tact. That, along with the beautiful light fixtures and gleaming cases of drool-worthy treats make guests stepping into the S&W Artisanal feel like they’ve stepped back in time.
The faces behind S&W Artisanal are restaurant designer Theodore Kondylis, restaurateur Sakis Elefantis and local businessmen Douglas and Kenneth Ellington, the great-nephews of the architect Douglas Ellington, who designed the S&W building in 1929. The space now houses a fine dining restaurant on the mezzanine that overlooks the casual eatery downstairs and boasts a beautiful view of Pritchard Park. In addition, the connecting craft cocktail bar,The Times, has friendly bartenders and deliciously creative drinks.
Of course the real showcase here is the food. Everything from the pastries in the front cases to the upscale dinner menu is traditional Greek fare passed down generation to generation. Chef Alex Baxevanis explains to our tour guests that the recipe for each thing they’re trying is at least 400 years old. We couldn’t be happier to showcase this beautiful space as well as the finely crafted traditional Greek fare to our downtown food tour!
And there you have it! Of course- this is just the tip of the iceberg. If you’d like to know more about these places (along with many other of Asheville’s best restaurants) be sure to join us on our daily walking tours! They’re a great way to get out and add a little bit of fun into your winter. Tickets book fast so be sure to snag your spot soon!
For more information and to book your tickets, you can visit our website at www.eatingasheville.com or give us a call at 828-489-3266 with any questions.