Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack: Ashville, NC

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On a beautiful January afternoon my fiance and I went to a fabulous place in Ashville, NC to take his mother out for a celebratory lunch. He hadn’t seen her in a while as he works a lot all year-long travelling and it was also my first time meeting her. Not much to my surprise at all, much like a good batch of fried chicken wings she was wonderfully sweet with just the perfect amount of spice.:-) A wonder to behold in her own right. She smiled, giggled and sipped on a local brew with us. It was wonderful, to say the least.  hehe. What better place to go to then a chicken shack fully stocked with some of North Carolina’s most amazing local brews, your delicious red-bearded man and his mama?

At Rocky’s they put out “Tennessee style” hot chicken and good ol fashion southern soul food. Everything is made to order and the selections of “hot”  you can choose from range anywhere from extra mild to an almost uncomfortable sensation of heat for all those brave souls out there who wanna race their buddies to the last wing in the bucket and see whose face will turn the reddest.rocky's chicken

We ordered 20 wings, mild spice, a chicken tender meal that came with a side of homemade mashed potatoes (skin in) and gravy and delicious collard greens. Like the kind your grandmother makes on Thanksgiving good.

The wings showed up on a steel plate (not a bucket) 🙂 covered with a red and white wax paper, lending to the backyard ambiance and to our surprise the wings were whole and giant and beautifully peppered and seasoned with what I can only assume is some type of trade secret dry rub spice. They were honestly gorgeous. If that seems like an odd way to describe chicken wings then you don’t love food as much as I do because there is nothing I appreciate more when I eat out than when the food I am paying for is presented well. After all no one wants to put great tasting food into their mouth if it looks like crap.

Ohhh they have daily specials that change regularly and a fun list of food items to match. Like fried green tomatoes that come with goat cheese and pepper peach jelly and yes, there is even chicken pot pie!

Sip Sip…Pass!

pisgah beer

Among the locally crafted beers are the wonderful Greenman brewery ( which is also this months Beer Favorite), Pisgah Ale and if your happy hour only occurs after the sun goes down you can sip on some of their amazingly flavored lemonade in a gallon size …..if that is your wish. I always try to drink my lemonade beverages in gallon size. Always.

And when its all said and done and time to pick your sin of choice, why not have a Rocky’s chocolate pudding (in a jar) or a banana pudding or butterscotch pudding also in a jar. And all with a vanilla, Oreo or pecan wafer for the bottom.

And to really add a cherry to the proverbial cake the service and ambiance was just what you would expect from a southern hospitality filled establishment. Everyone was so polite and attentive and it was pleasantly rounded off  by a beautiful array of eclectic and interesting folks and families from all over. We even sat next to a dude wearing a camo print kilt! Which is just the greatest thing ever because it was a pretty breezy afternoon. They even have a private dining room appropriately named “The Coop” at the Arden location. A funtastic experience to enjoy some genuinely fabulous southern food.

So….how hot is the chicken???rocky's spices

Good question and here is their list to choose exactly how fiery you want your bird.

  1. XX Hot———–>  Mount St. Hell No!
  2. Foothills———->  Climb the mountain
  3. Hot—————->  Peppery spray
  4. Medium———–>  Heatium ( we got our wings medium and they were surprisingly  hotter than we expected medium to actually be, so Be Ware!)
  5. Mildium———–>  Inbetweenium
  6. Mild—————->  Not so
  7. Honey style——–>  Sweetium
  8. X-mild————-> Really? ( I got my chicken tenders x-mild and they were perfectly spiced but not overwhelmingly hot, perfect for the not so brave souls like me who fear heart burn twice a day no matter what you eat)
  9. Plain—————> Scared?

You can also start your meal with fried pickle chips, fried mac and cheese poppers or a homemade biscuit topped with local honey and butter.


 

Rocky’s hot chicken shack is worthy of the fantastic food title this month and is a great place by far to stop in for lunch if your going through Asheville, NC. A wonderful experience, spicy chicken and southern hospitality  all washed down with locally crafted brewskies…..just can’t get more fantastic than that.

A little background

So they first opened in 2009 in Fletcher, NC soon became unbelievably popular, which is generally the goal of any business owner.So much so its said that they often had to leave a late night sign that read ” Sorry we ran out of chicken”. A true testament to the quality birds they sling. Apparently they were running a one man operation but soon was just simply not sustainable anymore giving the high demand. So they closed their doors for 6 months and Rocky partnered up with Rich and Lauren Cundiff to renovate, expand and finally re-open the new Hot chicken shack. They did an impeccable job I’d say.

❤ Cassandra

 

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