PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Asheville

 

My Top 5 Bites in Asheville (described in 3 words)!

This year on Fourth of July weekend we traded Florida beaches for Blue Ridge scenery in Asheville, North Carolina. We couldn’t get enough of the cool mountain temps, southern barbecue and farm-to-table eats.

 

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#5 — Hummingbird Cake: Sweet. Moist. Sugar.
at Early Girl Eatery in Downtown Asheville

 

 

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#4 — Smoked Trout Spread: Spicy. Creamy. Addictive.
at Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen in Omni Grove Park Inn

 

 

 

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#3 — BBQ Sandwich: Meaty. Vinegary. Authentic.
at Red Bridges Barbecue Lodge in Shelby, NC

 

 

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#2 — Cheerwine Float: Sweet. Cold. American.
at Cook Out in Lincolnton, NC

 

 

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#1 — Shoo Mercy Omelet: Southern. Cheesy. Stuffed.
at Tupelo Honey Café in South Asheville

PHOTO GALLERY: SOBEWFF Southern Kitchen Brunch

The past two years we’ve enjoyed the all-day gluttony of the SOBEWFF Grand Tasting Village. But this year we decided to switch things up and opted to spend Sunday morning with country queen Trisha Yearwood at the Loews Miami Beach hotel. We not only filled up on delish southern eats and bourbon Bloody Marys, but we also got to watch the Grammy Award-winning singer perform a few songs! Here are our favorite bites of the day.

 

My Top 5 Bites at the Southern Kitchen Brunch
(described in 3 words)!

 

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#5 — Pulled Barbecue with Zucchini Fritter:
Smoky. Moist. Spicy.
from Trisha Yearwood, Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

 
 

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#4 — Signature Honeybee Doughnut:
Sweet. Flaky. Decadence.
from Karen Muirhead, Honeybee Doughnuts

 
 

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#3 — Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Maple Biscuit and Sawmill Gravy:
Crispy. Tender. Substantial.
from Chef Art Smith, Blue Door Farm Kitchen

 
 

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#2 — Key West Pink Shrimp and Grits:
Meaty. Creamy. Fresh.
from Jeffrey McInnis and Janine Booth, Root & Bone

 
 

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#1 — Fried Shrimp Gumbo and Carolina Gold Rice:
Rich. Deep. Roux.
from Mike Lata, FIG

PHOTO GALLERY: Eating Our Way Through Nashville

 

My Top 5 Bites in Nashville (described in 3 words)!

Our long weekend in Nashville, Tennessee, packed in live music, historic plantations, wine tastings, craft breweries, honky-tonks, museums and plenty of good Southern cooking. Here are our favorites from Music City.

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#5 — Pimento Cheese & Green Tomato Eggrolls with Dixie Duck Sauce:
Crispy. Tangy. Quirky.

at The Harding House at Belle Meade Plantation

 
 

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#4 — Charcuterie Plate with Cheddar Biscuits: Handcrafted. Fresh. Massive.
at Husk Nashville

 
 

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#3 — Broken Spoke “Pot Roast”: Tender. Meaty. Comforting.
at ACME Feed & Seed

 
 

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#2 — Small Dark Plate with Pimento Mac ‘n Cheese & Southern Greens:
Fiery. Creamy. Southern.

at Hattie B’s Hot Chicken

 
 

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#1 — Banana Pudding: Sweet. Simple. Perfection.
at Arnold’s Country Kitchen