Folks, check out Eater.com’s first ever restaurant heatmap for Asheville. It’s a list that I wrote for the national foodie website. (As fate would have it, they asked me to do it about two weeks before I was laid off at the Asheville Citizen-Times.) The list includes restaurants that all have been open one year or less. It’s amazing what’s happening on the Asheville food scene. And there’s more to come!
Here’s the intro:
Today Eater takes a first-ever look at the city of Asheville, North Carolina to focus on eleven newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For the list, Eater has asked Ashvegas.com founder and editor Jason Sandford for his picks of the hottest openings of the last year.
So what’s hot in Asheville? Chef alums from long-established restaurants are opening their own places (Ben’s Tune-Up, Bull and Beggar). Two detail-obsessed pizzerias are raising the bar for pies in town (All Souls Pizza, Pizza Pura), while one restaurant is going big with biscuits (Biscuit Head). Also of note: A craft brewery with a constantly rotating tap (Wicked Weed Brewing), a restaurant with Southern and Caribbean flair (Ambrozia Bar & Bistro), and a new downtown fine dining option (Chestnut).