Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Wicked Weed Brewing (Asheville, NC)

91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801, T: 828-575-9599

Asheville, NC, is full of small local breweries and Wicked Weed Brewing is one of the more popular ones. They have a big brewery pub that is known for its original beers and great pub food – I overheard one of the guys say that they are about to open a second location. The inside looks like many other new kind of upscale brewery pubs, but the outside is quite special because of its community table and big fire pit. They have an extensive menu with mostly the usual suspects, but with a special twist – and all food is local and natural.

We start with the House Chips & French Onion ($5). The chips are not warm anymore, but still quite fresh and crispy. They are salted well and the dip is creamy and tasty, while not heavy. We also have a side of Roasted Cauliflower with Curry ($4). The cauliflower is covered in curry and roasted perfectly, so that the florettes are soft and the stem still a bit hard inside. They are a bit oily, but overall delicious with a nice kick.

As the entrée I order the Fried Chicken Sandwich ($10). The sandwich is a panini, i.e. pressed ciabatta bread with one quite thick but not very large piece of deep fried chicken (tasty, bit dry), which is perfectly complemented by zesty thick homemade kimchi and a spicy miso mayonnaise. The side of fries looked better than they tasted. M. had a trout sandwich with a “Marble Potato Salad” as a side. The sandwich was ok, but M. said that the potato salad was "out of this world."

VERDICT: 86/100
Wicked Weed is a great place to hang out and sample decent original beers and, if you pick wisely, some outstanding (side) dishes. Don’t miss out on the roasted cauliflower!

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