Best of Asheville – Top 20 Restaurants in Asheville – Food Fans’ Choice

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Hello Asheville!

In preparation for my annual Stoobie Awards for the Best of Asheville, I posted the following list on FaceBook, and asked my readers to post a similar list in the comments section underneath. I figured, who doesn’t love making a list? I know I do.  Here’s mine…

(as of October 28th, 2015, not in order of preference)

1) Cúrate
2) The Nightbell
3) The Junction
4) Ambrozia Bar + Bistro
5) The Bull and Beggar
6) Buffalo Nickel
7) Posana
8) Table Asheville / The Imperial Life
9) Sovereign Remedies
10) All Souls Pizza

Underneath, I wrote, “There you go. Boom. Top ten. When it comes time for the actual Stoobies, who knows what could happen, everything could change, nothing could change, I could just put them in order of preference, or I could get hit by a train and fucking DIE! You just never know!”

Then I added “In the meantime, please tell me your top ten restaurants in Asheville, or your top 3 or 5 or whatever size list you wanna come up with.”

Your fellow Food Fans did a wonderful job, and after crunching the numbers, I put things in order, and now I can present to you the…


RUNNERS-UPThe People Love Ya!
Mamacita’s Taqueria
Chai Pani
Sunny Point
Laughing Seed Cafe
Vortex Doughnuts

THIRD PLACEFrom Haute Cuisine to Hot Chicken!
The Nightbell

All Souls Pizza
Nine Mile
White Duck Taco Shop
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack

SECOND PLACEAmong Asheville’s Top Tier Eateries!
The Junction

Buffalo Nickel

FIRST PLACEBest of the Best!

Ambrozia Bar + Bistro
Early Girl Eatery

YEAH, MAN! The Food Fans have Spoken and they have presented to you their TOP TWENTY Restaurants in Asheville! It’s a great list, and I love that it’s so diverse, including some of the fanciest, as well as some of the homiest places in town. And a doughnut shop. Great job, Everybody!

Below are just a few of the personal lists that the local Food Fans posted, some folks even provided tags, which I love, because they transfer when you cut-n-paste from FaceBook to WordPress.

Kelly PHomeGrown, Rockys Hot Chicken Shack, Zambra, Mamacita’s Taqueria, Bouchon, Blue Dream Curry House..and all the ones on your list as well. we are truly lucky to have such fine offerings! Many of these listed are Living Wage Certified as well, so our community benefits in multiple ways!

Eric BC – Cúrate, Buxton Hall Barbecue, Glass Onion, Chestnut, Wicked Weed Brewing, EarlyGirlEatery, The Market Place Restaurant, Buffalo Nickel, White Duck Taco Shop and Ambrozia Bar + Bistro are all my favs. No particular order, each for different reasons. I hope to get to Smoky Park Supper Club soon and add this to the list. So much can influence this list, food, service, value, company during visit, celebration…it all makes for great dining. We are lucky to have so many great choices.

Riva D – Tacos Jalisco Mexican Restaura, The Market Place Restaurant Chai Pani All Souls Pizza Ambrozia, King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffle Biscuit head HomeGrown the WALK, The Junction Notice the West Asheville theme…

DJM – Buffalo Nickel Zambra The Admiral Posana Ambrozia Bar + Bistro Chestnut EarlyGirlEatery Nine Mile W. Asheville Laughing Seed Cafe BEAN Vegan Cuisine – Asheville Our Top Ten!

LRC –  Cúrate, The Junction, Posana, King James Public House and Zambra’s. I could list sooo many more restaurants!

Jessica D – The Nightbell is my favorite restaurant ever. Then Homegrown… All Souls Pizza… Then Wasabi. There are some on your list that i really want to try as well!! Still trying everything here [smile emoticon]

Anne M – Nine Mile & Sunny Point are the things I miss most when I’m away, but Nine Mile is always my #1!

Joanna W – Chestnut, Fig, Farm to Fender…I know they’re a food truck but they opened The Commissary and the food is OUTSTANDING. Vortex, Nightbell, Rocky’s, Early Girl, Buffalo Nickel, Wasabi

Cammy K – I love Indian so Mela would be first. Mamacitas and Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack would round out my top three.

Doug A – 67 Biltmore, Chai Pani, Cúrate, Early Girl Eatery, Homegrown, Laughing Seed, Nine Mile, Sunny Pointe Café, White Duck Taco Shop, Zia Taqueria

Laura B – Limones, Rezaz, Junction, Posana, Stoney Knob

Deborah K – [Deborah did a great job of formatting hers into a numbered list, so I’m keeping it that way]

1. Curate
2. Ambrozia
3. Red Stag
4. Early Girl
5. Main 131
6. Cinnamon Kitchen (Indian)
7. Wild Ginger Pho (Vietnamese)
8. White Duck Taco
9. Posana Cafe
10. Vortex Doughnuts

And finally, my good friend, Sally C, whom I affectionately call Aunt Sally Death Wish, came up with perhaps not the most helpful, but I thought the most creative list:


Thanks, Aunt Sally!
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NEXT: Top 10 Coffee Spots in Asheville – Look on FaceBook for my list – Add your own in the comments section there!


IMG_0273Stu Helm is an artist, writer, and podcaster living in Asheville, NC, and a frequent diner at local restaurants, cafes, food trucks, and the like. His tastes run from hot dogs and mac ‘n’ cheese, to haute cuisine, and his opinions are based on a lifetime of eating out. He began writing about food strictly to amuse his friends on Facebook.


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