Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Restaurant Review: The Hop - Ice Cream Café in Asheville, NC

It is always a treat when we make a trip to Asheville, North Carolina. It is about a 5.5 hour drive from where we live, so it is not a trip we are able to make often. Not only is the Asheville area breathtakingly beautiful, they also have a huge vegetarian/vegan population. What does this mean for me? More places to eat out at! After a long day playing tourist, we stopped by The Hop - Ice Cream Café for a special treat. It was the first ice cream parlor I had been to since going vegan. There are many vegan flavors to choose from. They also sell non-vegan ice cream for those who are not quite ready to take the plant-based plunge.

I'm always up for trying something new and unique, so when I saw this beet flavored ice cream, I had to give it a try. In my family, we don't eat beets. My dad hated them as a child and did not give them a chance when I was growing up. At this point in my life, I had only tried beets once, and it was not in ice cream form.

I have to admit that I was very nervous about trying it, but after taking that first bite I was blown away.

It was shockingly delicious.

Vegan Beet Flavored Ice Cream (1 scoop-$3.35)

The kids were more interested in playing it safe. Bridget ordered strawberry ice cream and George wanted cookies and cream (both were also vegan). Since they ate all of it, I think it is safe to assume that they enjoyed it.

Vegan Strawberry Ice Cream (Kiddie scoop-$2.30)

Vegan Cookies and Cream Ice Cream (Kiddie scoop-$2.30)

Will we be going back again? You bet!

This review is from a visit made on April 24, 2014. All prices are what they were at the time of our visit.

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