Last weekend we had the good fortune to have a SUPER EPIC SUNDAY FUNDAY with our friends Adam and Cara. We had tickets to see The Wood Brothers in Asheville at The Orange Peel, so NATURALLY we left way early to walk around downtown and have dinner. Since, as you know, we're totally obsessed with Asheville.
For dinner and drinks, we went here. Wicked Weed Brewing Company. Opened in December 2012, highly recommended by actual humans and the restaurant, and YES. We loved it.
Firstly, the location of the place is genius. Right next door to a popular music venue ensures a built in group of drinkers almost every night, and these guys are GOOD at what they do. Beer, food, wine - we loved it all.
The atmosphere in Wicked Weed is casual and kind of mountainy, which makes sense given that Asheville is, um, in the mountains. There are several areas in the restaurant - outdoor seating, a downstairs with a tasting room, main dining room, bar area, and brewery. This isn't what we'd call a small restaurant.
WW doesn't take reservations, so be prepared for that. Even with the size, we had a 45 minute wait at 5:30pm on a Sunday - people love a good brewery with actual good food, so expect to wait accordingly. While at the bar we each tried different beers, and we liked them all - really. I had a coconut curry beer which was weird and GREAT. It didn't taste a ton like curry, just faintly spicy and totally delicious.
The bar staff was really busy, and I obnoxiously asked for a phone charger because my phone DIED on the way up the mountain and clearly I would have died if I hadn't had access to it for the many hours until we got home. DIED, I tell you. Without missing a beat, the bartenders found me a charger with a plug right near where I was sitting, which I was super grateful for. Non-grumpy yet busy bar staff are the best.
When we got a table, we were greeted by our server (name? Chris? Something?) who was cheerful and really knowledgeable about the beers, which the men were the most interested in. BEST OF ALL BECAUSE I LOVE FREE STUFF, we had pretzels and spicy mustard delivered to our table right after we sat down. It's a small detail that likely costs the restaurant next to nothing, but we loved it.
The chips were great and we LOVED the dip, though we did have to ask for extra to be brought out - it was just one small ramekin for a table of 4, but we got extra and managed to move onto other #whitepersonproblems. The chips and dip were homemade, and we loved them!
The beef tartar was just as impressive. The flavor was GREAT and the presentation was lovely - I wanted to steal the cute wooden pedestal but couldn't quite figure out how to make that work. One thing we all agreed about the tartar was that we could have done with some more toast - look how much beef was on each crostini! For 50 more cents, the same amount of beef could have been used with twice the bread, and the app would have felt more balanced and larger. BUT, we still loved it.
For entrees, each couple split a sandwich, which came with fries, and Cara had the summer greens salad and loved it! Jay and I split the fried chicken sandwich with kimchi and miso mayonnaise - we decided about a week ago that we'd be trying that. It was really good, BUT we had a beef with the kimchi. It....wasn't, in the traditional sense of the word. The Korean flavors and spice that we were expecting were absent, and instead the cabbage tasted like it'd been marinated in more Japanese-influenced flavors - I'm thinking dashi, daikon, and rice vinegar or something. It was good, but it wasn't kimchi, and we definitely would have liked some spice to the sandwich. The chicken and miso mayonnaise with the crispy bread and cabbage were epic, even with the lack of spice.
In addition to beer, Cara and I ordered wine with our dinner. We both ordered the cheapest glass in our color (white for me, red for her) unabashedly, and the CHEAPEST GLASS WAS GOOD. I loved my pinot grigio, and the pours were generous for $6. As cheap as beer? Of course not, but reasonable in a place where I wouldn't have been surprised to have much smaller servings for the same price.
Our server was attentive and accurate the entire meal, and we loved the experience. The restaurant is loud and crowded with slightly narrow pathways, but we saw folks with large groups and strollers settle in just fine.
Give Wicked Weed a try soon! We liked it and are excited to see how the business continues to grow and evolve. We'll definitely be back!
Also weed is in the name.