Asheville was the first stop on our road trip, and also the shortest. We arrived late on Thursday night, worked all day Friday and only had Friday night and Saturday during the day to explore. We may have only had one night out on the town, but we made the most of it. Based on how much fun we had in just a few short hours, we’re definitely due for a trip back to this awesome city.
Puppy Dining at Posana
Asheville is an incredibly dog-friendly town. This was first made evident to us at Posana Restaurant. We stopped by their adorable patio for a quick drink after wandering around downtown. We weren’t hungry yet, but noticed right away that they had a special menu for pups.
Ashton quickly let us know that he was very interested in taking a taste of what they had to offer. The menu featured several quinoa bowls with a variety of proteins, along with a couple of baked goods. Chicken is Ashton’s favorite food of all time, so the choice was easy.
Although we mostly did this because it was adorable, it was also pretty convenient. Ashton isn’t always the best eater, especially when his routine is disturbed. He scarfed this bowl down like it was his last supper, and there was plenty leftover to supplement his meals for the next few days. Everyone was happy!
Brews at Burial Beer Co.
You can’t go to Asheville without hitting up a craft brewery. It’s an added bonus that most of them are very dog friendly. We decided to visit Burial Beer Co. based on its variety of brews that appealed to both of our preferences. They also have excellent food on site (more on that later), making it a one stop shop for the night.
I really liked the Blood of the Sun gose, while Tom favored Tuskhorn IPA but everything we tried was quite tasty. More than anything, we enjoyed the spacious patio and people/dog watching.
Supper at Salt and Smoke
Located right on the patio at Burial Beer Co. is Salt and Smoke, a permanent food stand serving up seasonal cuisine to complement the brews. The menu changes frequently and “explores the link between old world European traditions and their chef’s southern roots”.
We started with the best bar “nutz” I’ve ever eaten, with salty-sticky-sweet almond and peanut mix and fried chicken skin. The curry roasted butternut squash was a captivating combination textures with both salt and smoke shining through in a delicious blend of savory and sweet. Last but not least, the Koldt board – a Scandinavian-inspired smorgasbord – boasted a bevvy of pickled veggies, spreads and charcuterie.
Also included on the board was a turmeric-dyed pickled egg yolk wrapped in an anchovy. Don’t knock it ’til you try it! (Or until you have your husband try it because you hate anchovies.)
This dinner was the perfect way to kick off what turned out to be a highly delicious road trip. We loved that it was both highly culinary, but totally laid back and affordable.