Let’s be honest — some of the best Instagrams come from vacations. Scenic mountain town Asheville is ripe with inspiration for the photo-sharing social stream. Photographer Leslie McKellar recently traveled to the laid-back North Carolina town to discover some of the best restaurants and breweries Asheville has to offer. All of the double taps are a quick four hour drive from Charleston.
All Souls Pizza
Visit All Souls Pizza for thin-crust, wood-fired pies made with seasonal ingredients. Don’t skip the appetizers and salads utilizing the best finds from the farmers market. Here, McKellar finds a Ukrainian butterbean salad with coriander, fenugreek and baby beets, pho with beef two ways and rye noodles, and a country ham and egg pizza.
Burial Beer Co.
Chill space Burial Beer Co. offers craft ales and lagers as well as snacks and small plates.
Carb-lovers heaven Biscuit Head became so popular, it opened two more locations after the West Asheville store was an instant hit. Here, McKellar snaps the classic biscuit with egg and cheese and the mimosa-fried chicken biscuit with sweet potato butter, sriracha slaw, and poached egg.
Buxton Hall Barbecue
Chef Elliott Moss tends the pits at Buxton Hall Barbecue to bring whole hog to Asheville with expertly crafted sides of Southern favorites.
French Broad Chocolates
Those with sweet tooth must travel to French Broad Chocolate Factory and Tasting Room for a few samples of the bean-to-bar empire.
Gan Shan Station
Chef Patrick O’Cain left Xiao Bao Biscuit in Charleston to open Gan Shan Station in Asheville. Drawing from the cuisines of Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, China, Japan, Singapore, and more, this restaurant puts out dishes guests can’t find any where else in town. McKellar finds Szechuan crab noodles and Korean short ribs on her trip.
Sunny Point Cafe
Popular with the breakfast and brunch crowds, Sunny Point Cafe offers comfort food menu items like breakfast burritos and huevos rancheros.
Trade and Lore Coffee
Chill cafe Trade and Lore Coffee offers caffeine, beer, wine, and pastries in the center of downtown Asheville.
Wedge Brewing Co.
With outdoor seating, rotating food trucks, and plenty of taps to choose from, Wedge Brewing Co. is a good spot to spend a summer afternoon.