Greetings Foodtopia fans and chocoholics! Often times here in Asheville, we focus so much on where to eat dinner that we often overlook the very important decision of dessert! To no real surprise, amidst all of our amazing Asheville chefs, there are many talented pastry gurus working their magic! To help you narrow it down, here are some of Asheville’s best places to satisfy that sweet tooth.
One of our new favorites, The Rhu, opened earlier this year, and has been delighting Asheville with a sweeter side of their sister restaurant- Rhubarb. The Rhu is a pastry shop and cafe that utilizes local and fresh ingredients to create delectable treats. Pastry chef Kaley Laird was recently featured on The Food Network’s popular TV show “Chopped.” While every treat here is delicious, some of the must tries are the rosemary sticky buns, the daily Cruffin (a croissant/muffin hybrid), or the melt-in-your mouth brownie. You won’t be disappointed!
Of course, for our chocolate fiends, Asheville’s got you covered! French Broad Chocolates is a well-known establishment in town offering a tantalizing array of truffles, cakes, brownies, ice-cream, flavored hot chocolates and much, much more. Not only is the chocolate delicious, but it’s a great place to hang out with a glass of wine and a delectable treat. Chocolate Gems is another Asheville Chocolate King; they keep busy by providing all the chocolate to the Biltmore estate!! Their gelato is out of this world and the “firecracker” (a chocolate cone filled with Pop Rocks and cayenne pepper) is a creative concoction you’ve got to try!
If you’re in the mood for something a bit off the beaten path, Creperie Bouchon and Gourmet Chip Company both offer unique sweet treats. The Creperie is part of the Asheville French quarter and offers both savory and sweet crepes in a street cafe setting. Crepe flavors such as Nutella and Bananas Foster will be sure to cure any sweet tooth. The Gourmet Chip company is one of the most unique restaurants in Asheville, offering potato chips dressed in creative toppings. Their dessert varieties are some of our favorites! We highly recommend the Belgium, a version featuring sweet potatoes, Belgium chocolate shavings, a house made caramel sauce, and vanilla sea salt. If you’re feeling adventurous they also offer a variety with chocolate and bacon!
If ice-cream is what you’re after, you must check out The Hop. The Hop utilizes local ingredients to create unique flavors such as chocolate grilled peach, beet swirl, and lemon cream. The Hop is also proud to offer many dairy free versions such as lavender sunflower-milk ice creams! They have several locations in town so check out their website for locations and hours.
We believe any of these places would be the perfect end to your perfect Asheville dining experience! Of course we are proud to feature all of these sweet spots as part of our Eating Asheville family, and you may have the opportunity to swing by them on our walking food tours any day of the week!