With the new White Duck built so close to us, I wondered if they were equally amazing. Being an avid White Duck and taco lover, I was not opposed to driving 30 minutes to downtown to buy one taco. But with the new White Duck, do I really need to?
But my Taco Tuesday’s were becoming less flavorful. The red salsa that I stole out of the basket and hogged away from my dad and brother, on our usual Tuesday dates, wasn’t as zesty. My steak was rare, and wasn’t perfectly cooked. So I came to the conclusion that all White Duck’s are not the same.
To test my theory there was only one thing I could do, go to White Duck again. This time, no disappointment here. However, it was not a Tuesday and it was not the closer one.
This Saturday my friend Lauren and I, trekked our way through the freezing cold and tourists to get tacos. Ordering my two Steak and Cheese Tacos and a Cheerwine, the usual, I immediately noticed that the flavor was back, and my endless love for White Duck that started in 2013 was reignited.
The River Arts shop was built in 2011, and was the first location of the now chain. The chain now spreads through South Carolina with locations in Columbia, Greenville, Charleston and Johnson City. Having been to three locations in Asheville, I can say the River Arts District shop will always be my favorite.
When I moved to Asheville, I didn’t really fully appreciate the city or understand it. Growing up in Detroit, I always ate at franchises seemingly to always end up with family dinners at Olive Garden and Applebee’s. Not that there is anything wrong with these places, but living in such a beautiful and creative place now, it brings a new appreciation for the small local businesses.
Nowhere else in the world can you experience a 12 Bones, Chestnut, Biscuithead and so many more. It makes me proud of my city and the beginnings that are represented through these businesses. I’m proud to eat local, and after four years of living in this city, I haven’t seen the inside of an Applebee’s or Olive Garden since.
White Duck is a prime example of these new beginnings. Someone took a chance and built my forever favorite taco shop, and now has seven locations. This is what I think Asheville is all about. I’ll go to other White Duck’s, but they will never compare to the first because of this representation.