I love Asheville. In fact it is one of my favorite cities in North Carolina. My husband, and a couple of my friends and I were walking around downtown recently. It was raining and I was quickly running out of steam. I needed some protein. We were going to eat at Salsa, but there was a 20 minute wait and I wasn’t about to wait a minute longer to get some food! So, we dashed into Farm Burger.
When we first came into Farm Burger, I thought I was walking into Bull City Burger. They are very similar! Farm Burger has long, communal picnic tables, just like Bull City Burger. The burgers are all locally sourced, 100% grass fed beef from cows that haven’t been fed antibiotics, hormones or grain. A hipster would feel very welcome in a place like this!
Farm Burger has lots of great combinations of burgers or you can build your own burger. It’s entirely up to you. I decided to try The Number 1 Blackboard Burger, which was a nice sized beef patty with aged Vermont white cheddar cheese, caramelized onions and Farm Burger’s special sauce, which is like a spicy French dressing. I also ordered to have a piece of bacon added to the burger for an extra $2. The beef was well seasoned and had a nice char from the grill. The buns were fresh and soft.
My big disappointment was that I had ordered a side of onion rings. I think the lady at the counter did not understand that I wanted a whole side of onion rings, not just what would come in the basket. So, I only got three onion rings. I’m not kidding! And, they were undercooked and under seasoned. The batter was not crunchy and was too thick. You are much better off getting the fries or the sweet potato fries, which were much better.
My husband built his own burger. You have lots of items to choose from including apple slaw, arugula, sautéed mushrooms, clover sprouts, organic blue cheese, pine sweet bacon, pork belly, pimento and cheese, and goat cheese to name just a few.
Both of my friends loved their burgers. They described the burgers as being very tender and juicy. I really want to come back sometime to try the salted caramel milkshake. Who can pass up a milk shake with vanilla ice cream, caramel sauce and a wisp of sea salt topped with whipped cream? Who’s counting calories?
Farm Burger serves locally brewed beers and also serves wine. I was quite tempted to have a Mama’s Lil’ Yella Pilsner, but it was still early in the day, so I opted for a root beer instead.
Vegetarians can delight that not only do they have veggie burgers, which I overheard were very good, but they also have salads, including a superfood salad comprised of kale, roasted carrots, farro, sea island red peas, caramelized onions, dried cranberries drizzled with some tahini dressing and topped with some nutritional yeast.
And for those who want to satiate their Southern food cravings, you can have boiled peanuts, fried chicken livers, deviled eggs, mac ‘n cheese with pulled pork cheek or some chicken pot pie fritters with a sherry-date barbeque sauce.
Farm Burger is located at 10 Patton Avenue in downtown Asheville. It is open Sunday – Thursday from 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m. and on Friday-Saturday from 11:30 a.m. – midnight. You can like them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter to hear about specials.