Eating Out: North Carolina’s Craft Cuisine, Breweries, and Distilleries

Author: , December 3rd, 2015

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From Asheville in the west to Wilmington on the coast, North Carolinas major cities percolate with delicious and boozy creativity, and since many of these treats and bottles are strictly local, the only way to savor and/or take them home is to actually go there for some gastrotourism.

I took a NC road trip to check out the diverse offerings, from crispy buffalo-style pig ears, and possibly the worlds best nouveau grits dish, to a dense chocolate stout beer that obsessed locals camp out overnight for, plus fabulous LGBT-owned spots and chefswith help from a designated driver and prudent pacing, of course.


Nestled in the mountains, Asheville ( holds a reputation as one of the Souths most prominent LGBT meccas. Hippies, hipsters, and artists have long flocked here: its progressive Black Mountain College was founded in 1933, with a teacher and alumni roster that includes Josef Albers and Merce Cunningham. Today, culinary culture also reigns, with a Portland-like output of incredible craft every- thing. Portland is the Asheville of Oregon, one local countered, strongly.

By Lawrence Ferber – Full Story at Passport

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