49 Best Places to Eat in Asheville NC – A Food Bucket List

49 Best Places to Eat in Asheville NC – A Food Bucket List

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 tried to make a list of the best of the best that have proven themselves year after year as well as those 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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Date Updated: Jun 17, 2018     Originally Created: Dec 6, 2016

49 BEST PLACES TO EAT IN ASHEVILLE NC – FOOD BUCKET LIST

  1.  Hole Doughnuts (West Asheville) – Best Dessert in the Country, 2016, by Bon Appetit. Fried to order!

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  1.  Bull and Beggar (River Arts District) – Double cheeseburger and raw oysters to die for.
  2.  Over Easy Café (Downtown) – Fluffiest pancakes around, oh my!
  3.  Cúrate (Downtown) – Calamari Sandwich, paper-thin crunchy fried.
  4.  Buxton Hall Barbeque (South Slope) – Best New BBQ Joint, 2016, by Bon Appetit. Try the lightly smoked, then fried chicken sandwich.
  5.  Limones (Downtown) – Three cheese chile rellenos.
  6.  Gan Shan Station (Grove Park) Black bean chicken + housemade pork dumplings.

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  1.  Cucina 24 (Downtown) – Wood roasted vegetables. All of the vegetable dishes here are top notch. Also, distinctive cocktails.
  2.  The Admiral (West Asheville) – Amazing thick cut pork chop (order it cooked medium) and scallops.
  3.  Mamacita’s (Downtown) – Carnita taco, simmered with smoky peppers.
  4.  Little Bee Thai (Downtown) – Panang Curry.
  5.  Farm and Sparrow Bakery (sold at All Souls Pizza and seasonal farmers markets) – Wood fired bread, house milled flour, and chocolate croissants.
  6.  All Souls Pizza (River Arts District) – Smoked shrimp pizza with fermented chiles.
  7.  Wild Ginger (South Asheville) – Outstanding chicken pho.

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  1.  Mela Indian Restaurant (Downtown) – Saag paneer and kozi milagu chettinad.
  2.  Sunny Point Cafe (West Asheville) – Chipotle grits, maple pepper bacon, everything here is a hit!
  3.  Chai Pani (Downtown) – Okra fries that are habit forming.
  4.  Moe’s BBQ (Biltmore Village) – Smoked chicken wings and griddled cornbread.
  5.  Sovereign Remedies (Downtown) – Pimento cheese puffs, light as air.
  6.  OWL Bakery (West Asheville) – Raisin flax bread, moist and loaded with raisins.
  7.  12 Bones Smokehouse (River Arts District) – Blueberry Chipotle ribs and collard greens and corn pudding.

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  1.  Gypsy Queen Cuisine (West Asheville) – Fried cauliflower with tahini dressing & garlic aioli.
  2.  En La Calle (Downtown) – Small plates, everything on the menu is fantastic! Superb cocktails.
  3.  Smoky Park Supper Club (River Arts District) – Smoked Carolina shrimp, first shipping container restaurant of it’s kind built with 18 containers!
  4.  Belly Up Truck (location changes daily) – Small menu, everything wins, everything made in house.
  5.  Taco Billy (West Asheville) – Unique plantain tortillas, breakfast tacos are the best!
  6.  Green Tea Sushi (West Asheville) – Dancing shrimp roll, Asheville roll.
  7.  Ultimate Ice Cream (Grove Park) – Strawberry and coffee ice cream. These are full of flavor, not overly sweet.

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  1.  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.
  2.  Table (Downtown) – Thick and rich chocolate budino.
  3.  Plant (North Asheville) – Lasagna Cruda, Asheville’s only fully vegan and vegetarian restaurant.
  4.  Zambra (Downtown) – Pan seared local trout, small plates, romantic dining.
  5.  Jerusalem Garden (Downtown) – Baba ganoush, you will lick your plate clean.
  6.  Red Ginger (Downtown) – Pork dumpling in shanghai style, dan dan noodle.
  7.  Grey Eagle Taqueria (River Arts District) – Carnitas arepa with smoky and super tender confit pork and the 39. Fiambre salad.

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  1.  Nightbell (Downtown) – Steak tartare ice cream cones, distinctive atmosphere.
  2.  The Montford Rooftop Bar (Downtown) – Hand-formed house tater tots and the Purple Potato Pie cocktail
  3.  The Noodle Shop (Downtown) – Basil eggplant.
  4.  WALK (West Asheville) – Shrimp poboy, bread straight from Gambino’s in Louisiana.
  5.  Bandido’s (West Asheville) – Banh mi trout taco, garlic braised yucca.
  6.  King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles (West Asheville) – Belgian waffle, simple and perfect.
  7.  El Kimchi (location changes daily) – Spicy korean burrito and bi bam bap are the way to go.

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  1.  Marco’s Pizzeria (North Asheville) – Pesto pizza.
  2.  Heiwa Shokudo (Downtown) – Altenderfer roll with tempeh, avocado, and maple almond butter.
  3.  Buffalo Nickel (West Asheville) – Gnocchi with mushrooms and Buffalo Nickel cocktail.
  4.  Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack (West Asheville) – Best chicken tenders in town.
  5.  Salt and Smoke (South Slope- within Burial Brewery) – Mississippi Roast Sandwich, roll up your sleeves for this one.
  6.  Farm Burger (Downtown) – No. 1 burger and The Superfood Salad. They also have a brewery downstairs.
  7.  Zia Taqueria (West Asheville) – Grilled and baja fish tacos.

Honorable Mentions

Where to Stay in Asheville NC

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Caroline + Erin

CAROLINE + ERIN

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.

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This Post Has 4 Comments

  1. Really good list. Hard to find a bad restaurant in Asheville, though.

  2. I always love your guys’ travel guides they are so good! Makes me want to go.

  3. Thank you for this list. My family and I travel to Asheville at least once a year to visit family and it is fun to try new places, we are trying to cross at least one off our list everytime we visit. so much fun

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