In addition to being a thriving arts community and a hub of outdoor enthusiasts, Asheville, North Carolina, is recognized around the country as a place for foodies. When you book your stay at the Ashe In addition to being a thriving arts community and a hub of outdoor enthusiasts, Asheville, North Carolina, is recognized around the country as a place for foodies. When you book your stay at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds for the third week of January 2015, you’ll be in for a special culinary treat. That’s when the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce presents the annual Asheville Restaurant Week.
From January 20 through 29 — which is slightly longer than your normal week, extended to give you extra time to get to one more restaurant — you can experience a taste of the Asheville dining scene. During those 10 days, many of the best Asheville restaurants offer a prix fixe
experience. Prix fixe is a complete meal consisting of several courses, served for a prearranged fixed price.
Most of the participating Asheville restaurants are within minutes of your cabin. All pride themselves by using fresh, local ingredients whenever possible. Choose from a $15 two-course lunch or a $30 three-course dinner. You also can select a $20 or $30 two-course dinner for two.
So Many Choices
As of this writing, 39 restaurants have signed up to participate in this annual food-fest. Find one you like at AshevilleRestaurantWeek.com. Call ahead or ask the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds staff to hold a table for you. This is a very popular local event, so it’s strongly suggested that you make reservations when you can (not every restaurant accepts them).
You’ll find that most of the Asheville restaurants offer farm-to-table pickings in line with the reputation that’s earned Asheville dining a place on so many national lists. Asheville Restaurant Week is an ideal opportunity to try as many new eateries as you can fit into your schedule. The special prices fall well below the average for many of these fine establishments.
The depth and breadth of Asheville dining may astound visitors unprepared for the varieties in this small mountain haven with a population of only 85,000. In Asheville alone, however, there are more than 250 independent restaurants, a growing number of craft breweries and more than 20 tailgate markets.
During Asheville Restaurant Week, you can choose from Southern comfort food served with modern sophistication at Roux or high quality steaks at the Chop House Asheville Downtown. Go international with Latin fare at Chorizo’s, Mexican at the Cantina at Biltmore, Indian street food at Chai Pani or Italian at Strada. Make a day of it with breakfast at Another Broken Egg, lunch at King James Public House, dinner at The Market Place Restaurant & Lounge and dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge.
Dress for Success
The Asheville dining scene offers an eclectic, casual atmosphere, where you’ll be just as comfortable in jeans and a sweater as you will in your finest evening wear. If you’re unsure what to wear, contact the restaurant or ask at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds office. In general, Ashevillians dress to suit their moods, so feel free to do the same. The only caveat is that you may want to wear something with a stretchy waistband if you plan on hitting a number of the Asheville restaurants on the list.