Asheville has been a restaurant town for two centuries, since stagecoaches arrived bringing the first tourists. Neighborhood cafés and busy lunch counters, raucous roadhouses and white-linen dining rooms provided the backdrop for much of Asheville's development as a world-class foodie destination.
Some, like the Stockyard Cafe and Three Brothers Restaurant, have vanished without a trace, while others, including the Art Deco S&W Cafeteria and the Woolworth soda fountain, are easy to spot because they have barely changed. Longtime residents will recognize recipes for Rabbit's apple cinnamon pork chops and High Tea Café's Eggnog Colbert.
Author Nan K. Chase reveals the hidden history of Asheville's restaurants, including the struggles of desegregation and the decades when downtown Asheville was almost dead.
Award-winning investigative reporter Nan K. Chase has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post and Miami Herald, as well as for magazines including Air & Space, Atlanta Magazine and Blue Ridge Country.
She is the author of Asheville: A History and several other books. Nan is an avid gardener and shares her work @drinktheharvest.