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Restaurants, bars along the French Broad River in Asheville

ASHEVILLE — Views of the Blue Ridge Mountains amaze onlookers, and diners flock to patios and rooftops in search of a picturesque backdrop. Still, Asheville is full of nature photos that don’t stop at the range.

Don’t miss the restaurants and watering holes along the French Broad River that take advantage of their backyard beauty.

Order a volley of tasty signature tacos, settle in with a plate of wood-grilled steak and let the beer flow at these riverside venues with a view.

River Bar Getaway

790 Riverside Drive, Asheville

Relax at a laid-back tiki bar by the French Broad River.

The Getaway River Bar, open to adults 21 and older, offers an indoor bar, outdoor tiki bar, dance floor, and outdoor patio. The riverside area of ​​Adirondack seating and fire pits enhances the experience by providing an unfiltered view of the river.

The Getaway hosts themed food pop-ups and events, which are advertised on the bar’s website and social media sites.

The hours are from 2 p.m. to 12 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 2 p.m. to 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.

For more details, visit escapadesurlariviere.com.

New Belgian Brewery

New Belgium Brewing is located at 21 Craven St. in Asheville and offers an optimal view of the French Broad River.

21 Craven Street, Asheville

Stroll along the French Broad River Greenway to the expansive New Belgium Brewing campus which features an array of views across the river.

Bask in the sun sitting in an Adirondack chair. Gather under an umbrella-covered picnic table with friends on the open deck. Or perch on the deck for a higher vantage point to see kayakers, boaters, and tubers passing by.

Sip on a pint of New Belgium’s Voodoo Ranger IPA series beer, Fat Tire or a tasty Fruit Smash Hard Seltzer. Order a light snack or full meal at a local food truck; the rotating program includes Bun Intended, Ciao Y’all, Lobster Dogs and Cecilia’s Kitchen.

“The New Belgium River Bridge is one of the best in Asheville and a great place to enjoy a delicious libation, soak up the scenes of the River Arts District, listen to live music, and hang out with your favorite friends” , said Laura Ferenchik, events coordinator. “We can’t wait for our customers to experience our new and improved beer garden, which is set to debut this summer. Whether you are celebrating a big life event or just looking for a place to relax on a Monday, the New Belgium River Terrace is the perfect getaway.”

New Belgium is open every day from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Also find out which tours have resumed. For more details, visit newbelgium.com/visit/asheville/.

Smoky Park Supper Club

Smoky Park Supper Club is made up of shipping containers with a large outdoor patio facing the river.

350 Riverside Drive, Asheville

The Smoky Park Supper Club is where fine dining meets casual hangouts.

The building, made up of shipping containers, offers indoor and outdoor dining. His Boat House is a popular open-air pavilion used as an event space.

The Smoky Park Supper Club spills over onto the Wilma Dykeman Greenway in the River Arts District. Nearly 2 acres are given over to guests with picnic tables, lounge chairs, and a lawn as seating options. Additionally, a wrap-around deck provides additional space for viewing the river and communal dining area.

The Smoky Park Supper Club menu features salads, desserts and gourmet burgers and specializes in entrees cooked over an open fire. A full bar menu is available.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. To dine, at least one dining room guest must be a resident of North Carolina and registered for free membership. For more details, visit smokeypark.com.

White Duck Taco Shop

Diners enjoy White Duck Taco at their Riverside location in Asheville on August 18, 2020. 388 Riverside Drive.

388 Riverside Drive, Asheville

White Duck Taco Shop has several locations, including one in the River Arts District which overlooks the French Broad River.

Inside, the fresh and eclectic cavernous interior design creates a mountain effect that is complemented by the waterway and greenway right outside her door.

Picnic tables with canopy and umbrella are available on the expansive, pet-friendly waterfront patio between the French Broad River and the Wilma Dykeman Greenway.

The menu is as fluid as the river, as the offerings are constantly changing to give diners something new every season. A few tacos to try are the bahn mi tofu and the jerk chicken. The bar offers draft beer, wine, sangria, fresh lime margaritas and more.

White Duck Taco Shop is now open from 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily. For more details, visit whiteducktacoshop.com.

Zillicoah Beer Co.

Zillicoah Beer Co. and resident food truck Taqueria Munoz are located on the French Broad River in Woodfin, just outside of Asheville.

870 Riverside Drive, Woodfin

Zillicoah Beer Co. is unassuming with a warehouse district look to the front and an impressive view of the French Broad River to the rear. The brasserie dining room opens onto a covered patio with indoor and outdoor bar services. Zillicoah spans nearly 4 acres of remote land.

“We have 878 feet of waterfront property. Something very few, if any, other places have so close to downtown,” said co-founder Jeremy Chassner. “It feels remote while being right in the middle of all the Asheville action.”

A scattering of picnic tables provide a place to settle down for beer, food and conversation. On cooler nights, guests may be privy to a roaring bonfire.

Zillicoah’s craft beer selection rotates, but recently introduced beers are rye lager, smoky Maibock, and a trio of pilsners that includes Japanese-style rice pilsner.

Zillicoah is home to the Taqueria Muñoz food truck which operates regularly from the brewery, serving tacos, burritos, quesadillas and more.

The brasserie is open to adults 21 and over Monday through Saturday, but every Sunday is family day with all ages welcome.

Zillicoah is open 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. To learn more about Zillicoah Beer Co., visit zillicoahbeer.com.

For more bites and sips along the city’s waterways, visit Homemade ground coffee bar, Waterfall Lounge and High Five Cafe.

Tiana Kennell is a food and gastronomy reporter for the Asheville Citizen Times, part of the USA Today Network. Email him at [email protected] or follow her on Twitter/Instagram @PrincessOfPage. Please help support this kind of journalism with a subscription at the Citizen Times.

Hazel J. Edmonds

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