You’ll soon be able to get a taste of the bayou right on the banks of the French Broad.
Dano Holcombe of Root Down Food Truck has partnered with Salvage Station to provide the eats for the sprawling entertainment venue on Asheville’s Riverside Drive. The move to a permanent brick-and-mortar location will allow Dano to expand his offerings and more fully demonstrate his skill in country French and New Orleans cuisine.
While the menu of many locally-sourced ingredients will fluctuate with the seasons some, a variety of NOLA-inspired mains, sandwiches, and sides are in store. Standouts include a 12-hour, pecan wood-smoked and pulled pork sandwich with grilled pepper cheese; a catfish po’boy with jalapeno-avocado tartar; classic boudin balls with Creole mustard sauce as well as gumbo; hog jowl chicharrones with pepper jelly; crawfish poutine; and an alligator pie stuffed in a mini pie shell from Geraldine’s Bakery.
“Now I’ll be able to do more things that I learned in New Orleans that I haven’t necessarily been able to do with the food truck simply because our capacity was more limited, like broiled and sautéed items,” says Dano.
The menu will include vegetarian-friendly options too, including a vegan sausage sandwich with grilled seitan and a loaded black bean burger.
A catering menu offered through Salvage Station’s special events will present even more options, including a slew of sides from collards and black-eyed peas to fresh seasonal salads to Creole deviled eggs.
Dano and his wife, Julie launched the Root Down Food Truck in Statesville eight year ago. Since moving to Asheville in 2014, the dishes it serves have received multiple accolades, including being named one of the South’s Best Food Trucks by Southern Living.
“In addition to bringing even more great music to our lineup this year, we are equally excited to offer this new menu to our food loving patrons,” says Danny McClinton, founder and owner of Salvage Station.
The Root Down Kitchen kickoff event at Salvage Station is Fat Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 7 pm. Expect a special Mardi Gras-inspired menu and musical entertainment by Zydeco Yaya and Unihorn. Its regular schedule will be Tuesdays through Sundays, during Salvage Station’s regular business hours.