Asheville Eats: Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

by Carrie McLaren with no comments

One of the many, cool things about visiting Asheville, North Carolina is the incredible amount of independent, locally owned restaurants. We are a family of fried chicken eaters (especially my girls!), so we were excited to experience locally-owned Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack during our time in the area.

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After a day of fun exploring the city and being on the road for a few days, we were excited for some great, Southern cooking! With naturally-raised chicken and made from scratch side dishes — we knew we were in for a treat!

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is super casual — order at the counter, take a number and find a seat. Help yourself to drinks and silverware and before you know it, your food is delivered to your table. Let the fun begin!

We started out with the fried green tomatoes appetizer topped with goat cheese and pepper jelly. How’s that for Southern eats?! Delicious and the perfect build-up as we made our way to the fried chicken!

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - Fried Green Tomatoes

What’s Your Spice Level? 

All of the chicken on the menu starts out ‘plain’ and from there, you can choose to kick it up with a variety of heat levels. From plain all the way up to ‘Extra Hot’ — this place allows you to test your taste buds and eat great food too. FYI — Ghost peppers are H-O-T!

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - Spice Chart

And don’t let the heat levels scare you from visiting. My chicken plate was ‘plain’ and it was fantastic. No heat, but plenty of flavor and juicy too.

My husband decided to go with medium heat and said it was pretty hot, but didn’t overpower the dish. We both liked knowing that he could have a different spice level for each piece of chicken ordered with his plate.

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - Dinner

And don’t miss out on the side dishes — collard greens, sweet potato casserole, pimento cheese grits (delish!), mashed potatoes and gravy, fried okra, corn pudding and more. It was a tough decision deciding which sides to include with my meal. The sweet potato casserole reminded me of Thanksgiving — and that’s a great thing! Pro Tip: Having trouble deciding? Order the sides plate and choose four side dishes!

Unique Dining and Great Food

A few things that really stood out to me during our visit, in addition to the tasty food — all of the art on the walls was by local artists — and featured chickens! Each work of art was for sale making it a great souvenir of your time at Rocky’s.

The restaurant is super kid-friendly and just a laid back atmosphere for families looking to relax and enjoy a great meal. Molly was fascinated with the French fry presentation – she enjoyed them so much, we ordered her another helping!

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - Kids Meal

The restaurant offers full bar service (and drink specials!) and dogs are welcome to join their owners on the patio. Be sure to check out the Daily Specials menu board – from rotisserie chicken to the sandwich of the day, our server said they pride themselves in creating new dishes. And don’t make the same mistake I made — get dessert! I am kicking myself for not saving room for their homemade banana pudding.

For a taste of the live music scene, check out their ‘Wings and Strings’ series on Sunday afternoons featuring local acts and great music on the outdoor patio in South Asheville. Local food and local music — the perfect way to experience Asheville.

Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack Sign

Learn More About Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

Ready to plan your visit to one of the two Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack locations in Asheville? Visit the original location in West Asheville at 1455 Patton Avenue and their new location in the South Asheville/Arden area at 3749 Sweeten Creek Road.

For all the latest restaurant news and foodie pics, be sure to follow the Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack Facebook page and you can find them on Twitter at @RockysHotChickn and over on Instagram at @RockysHotChickenShack.

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** My family and I received complimentary meals courtesy of Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack. Thoughts and opinions here are my own. ** 

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