driving from tampa to asheville
I used to make this drive frequently. On the way north I always stop at Your Dekalb Farmers Market. This is a huge ethnically diverse indoor grocery with a hot bar/salad bar and a bakery and coffee area. The eat in options are always interesting, reprensenting flavors from around the world and very good. The grocery selection is great helped me fill gaps in my pantry with items not available in Asheville.
They are a quick detour from the interstate.
During your visit to Asheville you should take time to drive 15 miles E of Asheville to Black Mountain at Exit 64 off I 40 on the N side. BM is a nice arty town with great shops, restaurants and sight seeing.
Get up early and have breakfast or lunch at Morning Glory. Have lunch/dinner at Black Mountain Bistro or Veranda Cafe which will serve you a fine country lunch.
Morning Glory Cafe @ 6 E Market St # A, Black Mountain, NC 828 - 669 - 6212.
Black Mountain Bistro @ 203 East State St., Black Mountain, NC 828 - 669 - 5041.
Veranda Cafe @ 119 Cherry St., Black Mountain, NC 828 - 669 - 8864.
When you get to Asheville the choices are many. Early Girl, Tupelo Honey and Moose Cafe are excellent for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Moose Cafe is located at the Farmer's Market which is interesting. Buy some fresh vegetables there or just walk around and visit after dining at Moose Cafe.
Early Girl Eatery @ 8 Wall Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 259 - 9292.
Moose Cafe @ 570 Brevard Road Asheville, NC 828 - 255 - 0920.
Tupelo Honey Cafe @ 12 College Street, Asheville, NC 828 - 255 - 4863.
Tupelo Honey Cafe @ 1829 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville, NC 828 - 505 - 7676.
Admiral, Table and Zambra are the best places for fine dining.
Admiral @ 400 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 828 - 252 - 2541.
Table @ 48 College St., Asheville, NC 828 - 254 - 8980.
Zambra @ 85 West Walnut St., Asheville, NC 828 - 232 - 1060.
President Obama had lunch at 12 Bones.
12 Bones @5 Riverside Dr., Asheville, NC. 828 - 253 - 4499.
Lexington Ave. Brewery is the place to go for fun drinks and good bar food.
Lexington Ave. Brewery @ 39 North Lexington Ave., Asheville, NC 828 - 252 - 0212.
Early Girl has an excellent breakfast. Their tomato gravy and biscuits reminded me of eating at my grandmothers. Twelve Bones has some decent barbeque and sides. It's only open until 4 p.m. Jack of the Woods is an Irish bar with great food (an anomaly, in my experience). The fish and chips are the best I ever ate in a restaurant. They have good live music as well. Asheville in general has lots of good local-grown food prepared by people who seem to care about what they're doing. Many great local beers as well. My favorite is the Mt. Pisgah IPA.
Jack of the Wood
95 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
First stop after about 4 hours is Smok'n Pig BBQ @ Exit 22. Go E about Half Mile Next to hospital on N Valdosta Rd.
Smok'n Pig BBQ @ 4228 N. Valdosta Rd., Valdosta, GA. 229 - 245 - 8227.
If you drive 2 more hours you can dine at White Diamond Grill and BBQ @ Exit 142 just S of Macon, GA. Go E on # 96 a couple of miles to Hwy. 247. Turn left at 247 and there's the WDG&BBQ.
White Diamond Grill BBQ @ 497 Ga Highway 247, Bonaire, GA 478 - 922 - 8686.
Try to get to Atlanta in the middle of the day to beat the traffic. Get off at Exit 248C going E on Auburn Ave. NE soon as you get off IS on your left is some fine home cooking and BBQ @ Thelma's Kitchen and Rib Shack. Eat and move on or get it to go so as to beat 5 o'clock traffic.
Thelma's Kitchen @ 302 Auburn Avenue Northeast, Atlanta, GA 404 - 688 - 5855.
Are you going to take I 85 to Spartanburg then I 26 to Asheville. You can go through the sticks if you want to ride on winding roads on # 23. Let me know.
How are you going from Atlanta to Asheville. You can take I 85 up to Spartanburg then I 26 to Asheville or you can go through the sticks after you leave Atlanta and bypass Greenville, SC and Spartanburg. I would go to Greenville and then take # 25 to Asheville going and the scenic route coming back to Atlanta going S via I 40 W, # 23 then # 15 through Clayton, GA. Tallulah Falls, GA on that route is a nice place to stop for lunch.
You should try to visit Highlands/Cashiers on this trip if you have time. You can pass right by Highlands on the above 23/15 route.
If you stop in Macon on your way back 1842 Inn in downtown Macon is an outstanding B&B for the night at Exit 164.
1842 Inn @ 353 College Street, Macon, GA 478 - 471 - 1842.