If you are wondering what it’s like to visit Asheville’s best restaurants on one of our food tours, this blog’s for you. We had the pleasure of hosting iconic local food fan Stu Helm last week on our Thursday High Roller Tour, and since Stu has pretty much made it his mission to document as much as he can possibly detail at Asheville’s best restaurants, the tour was no exception. Stu even made a video recounting the journey, and you can watch it here.
This tour offers a great synopsis of what we do, which is trying to showcase Asheville’s best restaurants in a small package, which is not a small task. Roaming in and out of these busy cookeries during their off hours and not getting in their hair too much while still taking the time to soak it all in is a delicate balance. Somehow it all works and we are lucky to get to show off six or seven of Asheville’s best restaurants every day to different folks who would never get to see all these places otherwise.
For Stu and his Thursday colleagues, we got to sample pimento cheese and trout dip from Sunburst Trout Farm at Battery Park Book Exchange, wood roasted celery root with anchovies at Cucina 24, Mackerel ceviche with green mole at Table, braised pork cheeks with Sea Island red peas and Carolina Gold rice at Zambra, kettle cooked potato chips with goat cheese, herbs and truffle oil at Gourmet Chip Company, grilled spinach and goat cheese ravioli at Strada, and finished with truffles and drinking chocolate at Chocolate Gems. Whew.
All in all a pretty good representation of Asheville’s best restaurants in one fell swoop. Sometimes when we lead tours all the time we forget how much diversity there is here in Asheville, a little city with only around 87,000 peeps. Then we get to see reflections from the likes of Stu Helm and remember how lucky we are to go on these guided tours every day, and how lucky we are to have so much great food around here. Thanks Stu!