Asked: What should Asheville’s unofficial food passport be?

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack | Photo by @rorris

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While Asheville’s food scene is undeniably iconic, we love seeing (and tasting) different influences + getting inspiration from other cities. Recently, our friends at COLAtoday were talking about how Columbia, SC has a Pimento Cheese Passport, where you can go all over town trying different restaurants’ pimento cheese dishes. 🤯  

We know that NC has a fried chicken map and a BBQ Trail + Asheville boasts an ale trail as well as AIR’s passport — but a food passport? Our first thought was, “We’re jealous! We wish we had something like that.” So, we decided to make one.

But that’s where we need your help. Columbia loves their pimento cheese and claims to have 1 of the oldest recorded pimento cheese recipes from 1912. We might not have a claim to fame quite like that, but Asheville is full of tasty dishes all over town.

What food, dish, or ingredient would you be willing to travel around town trying different versions of? Maybe it’s sushi, or farm to table food, a dessert deep dive, or a trip to some Asheville staples, like Rocky’s Hot Chicken, Buxton Hall BBQ, and The Laughing Seed.

Let us know, and we’ll put together an unofficial food passport. We want it to be a way for newcomers to experience our restaurant scene or even for the most seasoned Asheville epicureans to step out of their normal dining routines

Head down to the question box below to chime in. 👇