2018 Asheville Fried Chicken Challenge! Vote on Facebook! Track Winners Here!

WHO HAS THE BEST FRIED CHICKEN IN ASHEVILLE? YOU DECIDE!

The People of Asheville Are Voting for Their Fried Chicken Champion!

I use my Facebook page a LOT, in order to reach the other eaters with pictures of food, news about food, and to ask questions, and seek recommendations for myself! Until recently, I had never done a Facebook Poll, so one day, I randomly decided to try one to do a Fried Chicken Challenge between two Asheville favorites: HomeGrown and Buxton Hall Barbecue! I uploaded two pictures of fried chicken sandwiches, posted the poll, and asked the people to vote for their favorite.

To my surprise, it was fun and popular, with a lively conversation around it, and a pretty good rate of participation! So, I decided to stage several more “fried chicken fights” via Facebook polling, and to structure them like a good old fashioned, elimination tournament, comprised of 8 contenders vying for the title of Asheville’s Fried Chicken Champ!

In this tournament, the first round consists of 4 head-to-head fights, then in round two, the winners from round one face off in 2 fights that will determine who will meet-up in the championship round to fight for the belt!

The Contenders Are:
HomeGrown
Buxton Hall Barbecue!
Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge
67 Biltmore Downtown Eatery + Catering!
Rockys Hot Chicken Shack
Tastee Diner
Haywood Common
Sand Hill Kitchen

The winner of the Asheville Fried Chicken Challenge will be pronounced
The Fried Chicken Champion of Asheville!

ALL VOTING TAKES PLACE ON FACEBOOK

Scroll down to see past results and future battles.

CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND

ELIMINATED276 Votes
45%

HOMEGROWN
vs
WINNER!
SAND HILL KITCHEN

WINNER!335 Votes
55%

ROUND 2

ELIMINATED

 340 Votes
49%

Fight 2

ROCKY’S HOT CHICKEN
vs
WINNER!
SAND HILL KITCHEN

Sand Hill Kitchen moves on to the Championship Round!

WINNER!

360 Votes
51%

WINNER!126 Votes
83%

Fight 1

151 Total Votes

WINNER!
HOMEGROWN
vs
RANKIN VAULT

Homegrown moves on to the Championship Round!

ELIMINATED25 Votes
17%

ROUND 1

ELIMINATED

211 Votes
48%

Fight 4

440 Total Votes

HAYWOOD COMMON
vs
WINNER!
SAND HILL KITCHEN

Sand Hill Kitchen moves on to Round 2!

WINNER!

229 Votes
52%

WINNER!

 456 Votes
79%

Fight 3

580 Total Votes

WINNER!
ROCKY’S HOT CHICKEN
vs
TASTEE DINER

Rocky’s Hot Chicken moves on to Round 2!

These two sandwiches were ordered through Takeout Central,
who sponsored a contest during this battle.
Voter Stephen Harrington won the contest and received a $100 credit!

ELIMINATED124 Votes
21%

WINNER!

43 Votes
66%

Fight 2

65 Total Votes

WINNER!
RANKIN VAULT
vs
67 BILTMORE AVE
DOWNTOWN EATERY & CATERING

Rankin Vault moves on to Round 2!

ELIMINATED

22 votes
44%

WINNER!

 280 Votes
73%

Fight 1

381 Total Votes

WINNER!
HOMEGROWN
vs
BUXTON HALL BARBECUE

Homegrown moves on to Round 2!

ELIMINATED

101 Votes
27%

Scroll down to make a comment about your favorite fried chicken in Asheville and WNC. Scroll back up to see the battles in the order they happened. Stay tuned and check back to see the results of the upcoming battles, and see who is crowned champ!

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From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O'SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

From left: Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table; Chef William Dissen, The Market Place; Chef Steven Goff, Standard Foods; Chef Katie Button, Curate; Chef Joe Scully, Chestnut and Corner Kitchen; Stu Helm; Chef John Fleer, Rhubarb; Chef Karen Donatelli, Donatelli Bakery; Chef Peter Pollay, Posana Cafe; and Chef Matt Dawes, Bull & Beggar./ Photo by STEWART O’SHIELDS for ASHVEGAS.COM

Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.


6 thoughts on “2018 Asheville Fried Chicken Challenge! Vote on Facebook! Track Winners Here!

  1. Where’s your Facebook post announcing the winner? Sand Hill Kitchen deserves a great big congratulations, don’t you think? By the way, the fried chicken sandwich isn’t the only thing on her menu that’s the best. Her food generally makes my knees go weak.

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    • It was announced! I’ve only had two things from her menu so far, the chicken sandwich ans the burger and both were excellent! She’s a formidable presence in the food scene for sure! I hope she chooses to compete int he Wing War and Battle of the Burger as well!

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  2. Pingback: 2018 WNC Battle of the Burger Breakdown | Stu Helm: Food Fan

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