Greetings foodeeze, even though it is a small town Asheville’s best restaurants rank in great enough numbers that we have been getting attention from Zagat in the last couple of years, and even though our Foodtopia is not a major U.S. market, it looks like we are getting closer and closer to getting a full on listing from the supreme culinary categorizers. Zagat just released a compilation of the eight hottest spots here in the Land of the Sky, and it is definitely eight of Asheville’s best restaurants although there are way more than eight in our humble opine. Here are a few of the listings, you can read the full article here.
Tree-covered mountains, tranquil creeks, stunning waterfalls: The natural beauty is reason enough to visit Asheville, North Carolina. Plus, the city has a thriving restaurant and local brewery scene that is constantly evolving. Just this year, the city earned a spot on Zagat’s 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016. Here are some of the newest and hottest places to eat and drink in the Blue Ridge’s coolest town.
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Executive chef Justin Burdett, an alum of Atlanta’s Miller Union and Hugh Acheson’s 5 & 10, prepares sleek, locally sourced, Southern fare at his chic new restaurant. The regularly changing menu celebrates the Southeast with modern dishes ranging from fried oysters with champagne mignonette and buttermilk whipped lardo, to apple brandy flank steak and grilled South Carolina stuffed quail. Burdett’s ability to hone the area’s impeccable local ingredients earned him a place in the national spotlight.
Insider tip: Fermented and cured items are Burdett’s specialty.
77 Biltmore Ave., Asheville; 828-424-7815
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This visually stunning Downtown cocktail bar offers great drinks, excellent food and a cool, vintage vibe. The place has been a go-to for adult beverage enthusiasts since opening in 2014, but earlier this year it got an upgrade with a new outdoor patio and expanded menu prepared by incoming chef Graham House. Dishes include internationally inspired selections like bone marrow tater tots, white hominy pozole and Joyce Farms chicken breast with cabbage soubise, oyster mushroom, crispy quinoa and carrot and bacon espuma.
Insider tip: The place regularly hosts farmers and foragers for special events.
29 N. Market St. #105, Asheville; 828-919-9518
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James Beard–finalist John Fleer is one of Asheville’s top toques. His farm-to-table icon, Rhubarb, has been a longtime favorite in the city’s vibrant dining scene. In early 2016, he opened The Rhu, a cafe, bakery and shop, offering paired down versions of his regionally inspired fare for breakfast and lunch. The menu includes a wide selection of toasts offered on different housemade loaves along with cereals, eggs, sandwiches, salads and entrees.
Insider tip: Pick a picnic package for lunch on the go.
10 S. Lexington Ave., Asheville; 828-785-1799