Chef Ashley Christensen unveils the best places in Raleigh to grab a quick, cheap bite.
Photo: Gary Clark
"I taste food all day, so I'm not always hungry at mealtimes," explains Ashley Christensen, a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist who has appeared on the Iron Chef America television show. "Then it's midnight and I realize I've only eaten a few tablespoons of food all day." On the heels of opening her three newest concepts (Beasley's Chicken & Honey, Chuck's, and Fox Liquor Bar), the chef is no stranger to long stretches in the kitchen. When she emerges, she yearns for good food, loud music, and a connection to her 20-year history in the area. "A conncetion to people is important to me. One of the first cooks I worked with in a mass-production Italian restaurant was the amazing Ceasar Gonzalez. Now, 16 years later, he and his brother own my favorite taco truck."