Asheville is known for its breweries, but it’s also become a mecca for foodies. The city is growing so much (and quickly) that it’s difficult to keep up with the new restaurants, but we made a list of the best of the best places to eat in Asheville NC.
Many of these restaurants have proven themselves year after year, but we’ve also sprinkled in some who are up and coming. The list has a mixture of both fancy, high-end dining and cheap eats. The best part? You can come as you are without having to worry about getting dressed up.
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Last Updated: January 20, 2020. Originally Published: Dec 6, 2016
49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN ASHEVILLE NC - FOOD BUCKET LIST
- Hole Doughnuts (pictured below) – Best Dessert in the Country, 2016, by Bon Appetit. Fried to order!
- The Admiral – Amazing thick cut pork chop (order it cooked medium) and scallops.
- Sunny Point Cafe – Chipotle grits, maple pepper bacon, everything here is a hit!
- OWL Bakery – Raisin flax bread, moist and loaded with raisins.
- Buffalo Nickel – Gnocchi with mushrooms and Buffalo Nickel cocktail.
- Zia Taqueria – Grilled and baja fish tacos.
- Flora – Organic coffees and teas, fresh baked goods, botanical views
- Taco Billy – Unique plantain tortillas, breakfast tacos are the best!
- Green Tea Sushi – Dancing shrimp roll, Asheville roll.
- Gypsy Queen Cuisine – Fried cauliflower with tahini dressing & garlic aioli.
- Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack – Best chicken tenders in town.
- WALK (West Asheville) – Shrimp poboy, bread straight from Gambino’s in Louisiana.
Downtown Asheville Restaurants
- Over Easy Café (Downtown) – Fluffiest pancakes around, oh my!
- Cúrate (Downtown) – Calamari Sandwich, paper-thin crunchy fried.
- Limones (Downtown) – Three cheese chile rellenos.
- Cucina 24 (Downtown) – Wood roasted vegetables. All of the vegetable dishes here are top notch. Also, distinctive cocktails.
- Mamacita’s (Downtown) – Carnita taco, simmered with smoky peppers.
- Little Bee Thai (Downtown) – Panang Curry.
- Mela Indian Restaurant (Downtown) – Saag paneer and kozi milagu chettinad.
- Chai Pani (Downtown) – Okra fries that are habit forming.
- Sovereign Remedies (Downtown) – Pimento cheese puffs, light as air.
- En La Calle (Downtown) – Small plates, everything on the menu is fantastic! Superb cocktails.
- Rhubarb (Downtown) – On Eater’s essential Asheville restaurants. Contemporary Appalachian cuisine.
- French Broad Chocolate Lounge (Downtown) – Ganache based drinking chocolate and a dizzying array of truffles, all made from bean to bar or brownie or pot de creme.
- Table (Downtown) – Thick and rich chocolate budino.
- Zambra (Downtown) – Pan seared local trout, small plates, romantic dining.
- Jerusalem Garden (Downtown) – Baba ganoush, you will lick your plate clean.
- Red Ginger (Downtown) – Pork dumpling in shanghai style, dan dan noodle.
- Heiwa Shokudo (Downtown) – Altenderfer roll with tempeh, avocado, and maple almond butter.
- Farm Burger (Downtown) – No. 1 burger and The Superfood Salad. They also have a brewery downstairs.
- The Montford Rooftop Bar (Downtown) – Hand-formed house tater tots and the Purple Potato Pie cocktail
- The Noodle Shop (Downtown) – Basil eggplant.
River Arts District
- Farm and Sparrow Bakery (sold at All Souls Pizza and seasonal farmers markets) – Wood fired bread, house milled flour, and chocolate croissants.
- Buxton Hall Barbeque (South Slope) – Best New BBQ Joint, 2016, by Bon Appetit. Try the lightly smoked, then fried chicken sandwich.
- Salt and Smoke (South Slope- within Burial Brewery) – Mississippi Roast Sandwich, roll up your sleeves for this one.
- Wild Ginger (South Asheville) – Outstanding chicken pho.
- Plant (North Asheville) – Lasagna Cruda, Asheville’s only fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant.
- Marco’s Pizzeria (North Asheville) – Pesto pizza.
- Copper Crown (East Asheville) – Inventive, New American bistro.
- Moe’s BBQ (Biltmore Village) – Smoked chicken wings and griddled cornbread.
- El Kimchi (location changes daily) – Spicy korean burrito and bi bam bap are the way to go.
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They are entrepreneurs and creatives who are good at finding adventure, both big and small, everywhere they go. The two have made a daily practice of sharing vulnerabilities, truth telling, and side splitting laughter. Both value being able to spend time getting to know a place but understand that life doesn’t always allow one to really settle into a place. So, they’ve honed the art of travelling fast and seeing and doing all of the things that an adventurer can do in a day or two. The couple lives in Asheville, North Carolina and spend as much time as possible in the mountains.