Where to Eat in Asheville: The Big List


It’s very hard to keep up with all the new restaurants that are constantly opening up in Asheville. The list below is fairly complete for downtown, and it’s becoming more and more complete for the entire greater Asheville Area.

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5 Walnut Wine Bar – Wine, cheese, nuts, people. Always packed with downtownies having fun. Live music. Tiny space.
67 biltmore downtown eatery + catering – Fresh, healthy food, served deli style, dine-in, take out. Big, sunny space, kid friendly, nice people! Best of Asheville


Addissae – Asheville’s only Ethiopian restaurant. Off the beaten path, behind the International District. Gluten free, windowless, dark, soothing.
All Day Darling – The former Todd’s Tasties has morphed and merged with High Five and Table to bring you this small, neighborhood cafe and restaurant.
Aloft Asheville Downtown – WXYZ, Asheville Bar, re:Mix, and re:Fuel are all inside of this hotel on Biltmore.
Aloha Cafe – New sandwich and poké place. It’s good!
Asheville Brewing – An Asheville local fave. Many popular local beers, OK food at OK prices. Giant jenga and corn hole. Kid friendly.
Asheville Pinball Museum – Yep. It is what it sounds like and they have a full bar with booze and bags of chips and stuff.
Asheville Wine Market – You can do free wine tastings and sample local cheese, buy stuff, hang out, eat drink. Good place. Nice people.
Asheville Yacht Club – Slick Willy’s Good Eats is in the Asheville Yacht Club. Straight forward bar food 4pm to 1am everyday.
Aunt Mary’s Catering Kitchen – Italian catering and event space. AWESOME food by Mike and Jon from Manicomio pizza, Veggie lasagna to die for, and more!
AUX Bar – My favorite chef, Steven Goff and crew are crushing it. Southern cookin’ with a hipster twist. Comfort food. Great drinks. Where the locals go. Open late.


Baba Nahm – Middle Eastern Street Food.
Bargello – Mediterranean restaurant located on the first floor of the Hotel Arras.
Barley’s Taproom & Pizzeria – Big, hardy pizza, and other standards. Beer on tap. A local fave. Family friendly.
Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar – Most unique atmosphere in downtown. Small snacks, cheese boards, wine, coffee, sweets, and champagne.
Bens Tune Up – Asian fare and locally brewed beer and saki! Good deep fried things. Live music and other events. A local fave.
Benne On Eagle – Located in the historic neighborhood known as The Block, Benne is co-owned by James beard nominated Chef John Fleer.
Bhramari Brewhouse – In-house brewed beer, full menu, great burgers, good brunch, live music, outdoor deck.
The Bier Garden – An Asheville standard from back in the day. Full menu. Bar food. Drinking crowd. Drink your way “around the world.”
The Blackbird – It looks like the Aloft hotel restaurant, but it’s not, it’s indie.
The Block Off Biltmore – Asheville’s first EcoVegan, Social Justice, Diversity Bar.
Blind Pig Supper Club – Owned and operated by Darlene and Chef Mike Moore, an Asheville tradition. Follow them on Facebook!
Blue Dream Curry House – International curry in the AVL International District. Great people, family friendly, big space, curry, and Asian food. Get yer pho here!
Bomba – Tacos and much much more. Great food. Teeny tiny space. Also great espresso, sweets, and other fare.
Bouchon Bistro – French food. The last time I ate there, I had an artichoke that was the consistency of a pine cone. I’ll have to go back and try again.
Brasilia Churrasco Steakhouse-Asheville – Meat meat meat and more meat!
Broadway’s – A dive bar / private club / local favorite and a classic of olde school Asheville. They pho, and Sundays are burger night with the famous Burger Gang.
Burgerworx – Great, greasy, flat, soft-bun burgers, with your choice of toppings, wrapped in foil, served with awesome fries. I love their burgers!
Burial Beer – Always has a food truck bolted to the side of it.
Button & Co. Bagels – That’s right, the famous Spanish tapas chef and culinary super star, Chef Katie Button opened a bagel shop, and of course it’s great.
Buxton Hall Barbecue – Fantastic Carolina style BBQ, very authentic, the real deal, no joke. Chef Elliot Moss and crew are some of the Best of Asheville. I<3 It.

BBQ Chicken sandwich with slaw and sweet potato side from Buxton Hall. photo by Stu Helm

BBQ Chicken sandwich with slaw and sweet potato side from Buxton Hall. photo by Stu Helm


Cafe 64 – Decent food at decent prices. Quiet, friendly, sincere. Never at the top of my list, but I should go more often.
Calypso – St. Lucian Caribbean Restaurant with an Island Cocktail bar and late night weekend dance parties.
Capella on 9 – “Locally-sourced menu created by chefs Peter Pollay and Jordan Arace from Posana.”
Carmels Kitchen & Bar – Some of the best outdoor seating in Downtown. Good pizza, decent food at decent prices. Full bar, full menu.
Contrada – Chef Brian Canapelli’s (Cucina 24) newest venture.
Chiesa – Located on Montford Ave in an old church, this Italian restaurant is a unique neighborhood favorite.
Chai Pani – Indian street food from Chef Meherwan Irani and crew. Good golly, that’s good thali! Best of Asheville.
The Chemist – Gin distillery with meat boards and such in the tasting room.
Chestnut‘s – Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Drinks. Comfortable, nice, great service, great desserts. A great place to bring a group of people in mixed age brackets.
The Chocolate Fetish – Awesome truffles and other chocolate delights. Check out the chocolate sculptures, and “I Love Lucy” conveyor belt!
Chop House Asheville – Steaks and such. Went once, long time ago. Will have to go back.
City Bakery – Best house cup of coffee, consistently great sandwiches and other breakfast, lunch fare. Baked goods. Counter service. Fast, reliable. Best of Asheville.
Claddagh – Not the most authentic Irish Pub I’ve ever been to.
The Collaboratory – Several micro-breweries under one roof. Full kitchen. Try the crispy grilled cheese!
Contrada (no link available) – Chef Brian Canipelli’s latest venture, stand or perch on a stool for delicious small bites and limited drink menu served European-style.
Conundrum Asheville – As if it weren’t difficult enough, this escape room has an absinth bar.
Creperie Bouchon – Crayyyyyyps!
Crow and Quill – Cocktail bar.
Crocodile Wine Bar – Haven’t been here yet, will have to update later.
Cucina 24 – Among the cream of the crop in downtown eateries. Chef Brian Canipelli and crew bring creative, high-end, intelligently sourced ingredients to Italian cuisine.
Cultura – New restaurant from Wicked Weed brewing.
CúrateChef Katie Button‘s first restaurant remains one of the Best of Asheville. Spanish style tapas. Great coffee, drinks, desserts, and brunch.

Pressed suckling pig with grilled peaches from Cucina 24. Photo by Stu Helm

Pressed suckling pig with grilled peaches from Cucina 24. Photo by Stu Helm


Daphne at Twisted Laurel – The rebrand and new, rising star, Chef Mike Archberger at Twisted Laurel’s downtown location have truly brought it into the Asheville culinary scene.
District 42 – Full bar and small menu located on the first floor of the Arras Hotel.
Dobra Tea (Asheville, NC) – Tea, snacks, and groovy feelings. Though a Nat’l chain, the calm, peaceful, atmosphere is some of the Best of Asheville.
Double D’s Coffee and Desserts – Not a place for a latte and lap-dance, as the name might suggest, but Asheville’s most unique cafe is inside of a doubledecker bus!


EarlyGirlEatery – One of the oldest downtown eateries is still so popular, there are lines out the door nearly every day. Home-style cookin’ in a big, noisy space.
En La Calle – Bar and restaurant located in downtown Asheville, NC.


Farm Burger Asheville – Another small chain that kinda fits in with Asheville. It’s a great tourist sponge, sucking them up, and keeping them out of other local faves.
Foggy Mountain Brewpub – Dark & quiet inside, great outdoor seating. Off the beaten path. Fantastic chicken Alfredo. Chicken wings are some of the Best of Asheville.
Foundry Hotel Bar – A swank bar in a luxury hotel.
French Broad Chocolates – You’ve read about it, you’ve heard about it, you’ve dreamed about. Well, this it. Chocolates, coffee, and other stuff.
French Broad Chocolates Cookies & Creamery – The South Slope location is smaller, with more of a concentration on the house made ice creams, including soft serve.
French Broad Food Co-op – Primarily a small, healthy convenience/grocery store, FBFC also has a nice little hot bar featuring local restaurants, plus coffee, and 3 tables.
Futo Buta – Ramen shop originally from Charlotte, now with a second location in Asheville.



The Gourmet Chip Company – Potato chips and more. Full lunch menu.
Green Sage Cafe – Coffee, snacks, sandwiches, more. Completely mediocre in my opinion, but a local fave none-the-less.


Hana Japanese Restaurant Asheville – Popular Asian restaurant.
H&H Distillery – Distillery tasting room right downtown
Haywood Park Cafe – The strangest, loneliest cafe ever, located right in the middle of downtown. I dare you to find it.
Heiwa Shokudo – Asheville’s oldest sushi place is still a local favorite. Tiny space, outdoor seating, kid friendly.
Hemingway’s Cuba – On top of the Cambria hotel, authentic Cuban food, cocktails, drinks, outdoor seating on the patio.
High Climate Tea Company – Great tea room with very nice decor and very knowledgable staff. Small menu of tasty, locally made treats.
High Five Coffee – Best espresso drinks in downtown Asheville according to Chef Joe. Great snacks, sweets, paninis, etc. Beer and soda too.
High Test Deli & Sweets Shop – Subs, hot dogs, ice cram sandwiches. Good food, good prices, nice folks.
Hopey & Company – There’s a cafe inside the Hopey and Co on South French broad. Espresso drinks and snacks and sandwiches available.
Hyatt Place Asheville Downtown – The rooftop bar and lounge is slated to open in June 2016, and will serve food and drinks to the public.


The Imperial Life – Owned and operated by Chef Jacob Sessoms of Table and Tod’s Tasties, Imperial Life is one of the cooler cocktail bars in town, with a great menu.
Isa’s Bistro – Big, open, spacious, great service, great food by Chef Duane Fernandes and crew. Great place for brunch.
Izzy’s Coffee Den – Truly den-like, windowless coffee joint, with very limited snacks. The stereo music is usually some of the Best of Asheville.

Mackerel ceviche w green mole & deep fried sun choke chip at The Imperial Life. Photo by Stu Helm.

Mackerel ceviche w green mole & deep fried sun choke chip at The Imperial Life. Photo by Stu Helm.


Jack of the Wood – An Asheville staple. Irish-themed food, burgers and such. Beer beer and more beer, plus live jig music sometimes.
Jerusalem Garden Cafe – Downtown Asheville’s only Middle-Eastern restaurant, great atmosphere, great decor. In the international district!


Karen Donatelli Cake Designs – Karen’s pastries are the Best of Asheville! Plus coffee, and light lunch fare like chicken salad on a croissant.
Kathmandu Cafe – Tibetan food in the international district. Great decor and atmosphere.
Kilwin’s Chocolate’s, Fudge, and Ice Cream – This is a chain, but it’s one that I happen to like. I always thought it must be fun to work at a Kilwin’s.
Korean House – It’s Korean food, Yo. Great people, great food. Get the bulgogi bibimbap! It’s makes noise and it delicious.

Beautiful, delicious cake from Karen Donatelli. Photo by Stu Helm.

Beautiful, delicious cake from Karen Donatelli. Photo by Stu Helm.


Laughing Seed Cafe – An old Asheville fave. Vegan and Vegetarian fare in a large, interesting space. Outdoor seating.
The Lazy Diamond – Dive bar.
Liberty House Cafe – Located on liberty street, serving PennyCup and 1,000 Faces coffee and light snacks.
Limones – California style Mexican food. Small room, nice decor, great service.
Little Bee Thai – Thai restaurant in Asheville.
The Lobster Trap – Fresh lobster flown in daily from Maine, yo. Great food, great lively atmosphere, super nice people, including Chef Mike McCarty.
Loretta’s Cafe – An old Asheville fave! Great people, lot’s of space, healthy food, and beverages.


Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe – Enjoy coffee, and light snacks while surrounded by books, nerds, and old people.
Mamacita’s Taqueria – One of the locals’ all-time forever-faves. Great, healthy, Mexcian-style food at very reasonable prices. Best of Asheville year after year.
Manicomio – The “Mad House” features authentic pizza, subs, and more in a casual setting with indoor and outdoor seating and of course, pizza to go!
The Market Place RestaurantChef William Dissen‘s venue on Wall Street is HUGE and really nice inside. Locally sourced, farm-to-table food.
Mayfel’s – Very popular with tourists, offers outdoor seating and “NOLA” style fare. I happen to think they also have the most effed-up hours in downtown Asheville.
The Mediterranean Restaurant – One for the TRUE downtownies. Open at 6am, and serving traditional diner-style Greek and American food.
Mela Indian Restaurant – Big space, good Indian food. Full bar. Nice atmosphere.
Mellow Mushroom Asheville – The BEST Mellow Mush in the country, Yo! Our Mellow Mushroom is something special, and for families especially, it is Best of Asheville.
Modesto Trattoria – Outdoor seating on Page Ave in the Grove Arcade building.
Montford Rooftop – Drinks and light fare with best views in all of downtown Asheville.
Mountain Madre – Mexican cuisine for lunch and dinner.


Nine Mile – A casual full-service vegetarian-friendly restaurant with two locations in Asheville, NC: Montford & West Asheville.
Noble – The Greenhouse – Nobel hard cider’s restaurant has excellent food and a full bar, with a very nice, open, bright, airy space.
Noodle Shop, Asheville – Popular downtown standard barer has been in business for 20 years.
Nutz About Fudge – It’s pretty much a lot of fudge. Like, tons and tons of fudge.


Old Europe Pâtisserie – Great sweets and coffee! Really nice people! Best of Asheville.
oneFIFTYone Boutique Bar & Kitchen inside the Hotel Indigo – Serving breakfast & dinner, open to “anyone who’s hungry.”
One-Stop at Asheville Music Hall – Serving burgers, tots, nachos, and more until 2am.Live music 7 days a week.
Over Easy Cafe – Limited hours. Selection of yummy breakfast standards. Limited space indoor and out. Nice decor, nice people.


Packs Tavern – Frickin’ HUGE space, great booths, family style, sports-bar-ish. The food used to be better, but for family night out, it’s fine.
PennyCup Coffee at the YMI – Great coffee, super nice people, light snacks, big space, in Asheville’s historic YMI Building. Check out the mural! Best of Asheville. Listen to an interview Master Roaster Bill Tanner by clicking HERE.
Polanco – Elevated Mexican fare in a cozy unique setting. Taco Tuesday!
PosanaChef Peter Pollay and crew make food that is truly some of the Best of Asheville. Great atmosphere, great location, nice people. Great for brunch.

Avocado toast with salmon and crispy capers at Posana. photo by Stu Helm

Avocado toast with salmon and crispy capers at Posana. photo by Stu Helm


Rankin Vault Cocktail Lounge – Great space, small & cozy, sit inside the vault if you can. Outdoor seating is usually smoke-filled :( Their burger is the Best of Asheville,
Roman’s Deli Asheville – An old-school holdout. My friend/official co-stalker Rick says “If you don’t love their burger, I’ll pay for it!”
Red Ginger Dim Sum & Tapas – Authentic Dim Sum in the heart of downtown Asheville.
The Rhu – Beautiful space, lots of room and sunshine. Deli style service, featuring the food of Chef John Fleer and crew, from Rhubarb.
RhubarbChef John Fleer and crew live here. One of Asheville’s top-rated venues. Good place for brunch. Great place for dinner. Best of Asheville
Rosetta’s Kitchen – Another old Asheville locals’ fave that’s been around for a million years. Great, healthy food, really nice people.
Rustic Grape – Great little wine bar with great little bites. Some of the best biscuits and pimento cheese in Asheville!



Salsa’s Mexican Caribbean Restaurant – For over two decades Salsa’s has been an Asheville standard. Large, creative dishes in a small, busy space.
Salt & Smoke – Permanent kitchen at Burial Beer Co serving up food that explores the link between old world European traditions & southern fare.
Santé Wine Bar and Tap Room – Great outdoor seating away from the tourists and crowds, wine on tap and by the bottle. Good menu. I like the pizza.
Shanghai Dumpling House – New Dumpling House on Biltmore Ave, right where Doc Chay’s used to be.
The Social Lounge – Great craft cocktails, nice little bar menu, cozzy interior, awesome little rooftop bar. One of Asheville’s hidden-in-plain-sight downtown gems.
The Soda Fountain – Located inside Woolworth Walk, great traditional soda fountain food. Get a hot dog and milkshake. The most bad-ass chicks in town work here.
Sonora – Mexican food, beer, wine, cocktails in the Heart of Asheville.
South Slope Cheese Co. – Cheese and stuff on the South Slope. Yay!
Sovereign Remedies – Great space, super-nice people, GREAT food and drinks. Lunch, brunch, dinner, bites. Farmer Sunil’s Sunday Supper is something special. Best of Asheville.
Storm Rhum Bar and BistroChef Owen McGlynn and crew are keepin’ it real. Quiet, dark room, great food, great desserts, full bar.
Strada AshevilleChef Anthony Cerrato’s family Italian joint. Try the Florentine ravioli and if you like wine with dinner, these folks know their wines.
Sunshine Sammies – YAY! The fan fave food truck and push cart moguls and amazing ice cream sandwich makers finally have a brick and mortar!

Suwana’s Thai Orchid Restaurant
– People frickin’ love this place. I can take it or leave it. Nice space, good service, but mediocre food in my opinion.

Farmer Sunil's thali plate at Sovereign Remedies. Photo by Stu Helm.

Farmer Sunil’s thali plate at Sovereign Remedies. Photo by Stu Helm.


Table AshevilleChef Jacob Sessoms‘ Table restaurant is definitely one of the Best of Asheville, Fancy eatin’, elegant atmosphere, great service, great food!
Thai basil (aka Thai Tara) – Big space, nice atmosphere. I used to love Thai Basil, but haven’t been since it turned into Thai Tara. I’ll have to go back.
Times at S & W  – Located in the historic S&W Cafeteria building in Pritchard Park, this craft cocktail bar also has a small menu.
Trade and Lore Coffee – Brand new! Great space, great coffee, sweets, nice people. Best of Asheville
Tupelo Honey restaurant – The lines to get into this place are crazy. It’s completely worth missing if you ask me. Pricey, mediocre food from a small chain.
Twisted Crêpe – Good crepes! Good prices. Kind of a depressing atmosphere, but whatevs. It takes, like 2 seconds to eat a crepe, and then you’re outta there.


Underground Cafe – Home of Chef Jay Medford’s “Doughp” doughnuts and so much more! Burgers, meatloaf, pork belly, YUM!
Urban Orchard Cider Company South Slope – The famous hard cidery’s South Slope location has small bits, like Roots hummus and bread.


Vortex Doughnuts – My guys at The Vortex’s make coffee that is some of the Best of Asheville, and the donuts are getting better and better. Now I want one.

Nitrous coffee and an old fashioned doughnut from Vortex Doughnuts. Photo by Stu Helm.

Nitrous coffee and an old fashioned doughnut from Vortex Doughnuts. Photo by Stu Helm.


Wasabi Asheville – Great space, very lively, tight fit, bustling and noisy. It’s fun to sit at the bar, but I find the food to be less than amazing.
Well Played – Over 500 board games, plus food, coffee, wine, and beer!
Weinhaus – Wine shop with a bar, and regional cheeses and bread. Live music!
White Duck Taco Shop – Pretty good tacos in wacky combos. Big, bench-style seating . Lines out the door most of the time. Closed on Sundays.
Wicked Weed Brewing
– Super-popular with the tourists. Outdoor seating galore. I find the food to be nothing special. Beer drinkers love this place.
Wicked Weed Funkatorium – An offshoot of Wicked Weed Brewing, this seems to be the mellower little sister of the two.
World Coffee Cafe Asheville – The coffee ain’t great, and the food is pretty bad, but the people watching is awesome, and the space is cool and secretive.


Yum Sushi Burrito & Poke – Coming to Asheville soon.


Zambra – An Asheville classic, and a personal fave of mine and my GF’s. Great food, great atmosphere, great service, truly one of the Best of Asheville for sure.

And there you go. That is officially an ASSLOAD of eateries, Yo. I’m sure I left some spots out, so please let me know in the comments section if I’ve missed any. Below is the start to an even more monumental task of cataloging the eateries that are all over the rest of Asheville!


12 Bones River – Asheville’s favorite Barbecue joint, and President Obama’s too!
All Souls Pizza – One of my past Restaurant of the Year winners, Chef Brendan Reusing and crew are making amazing salads, sides, entrees, desserts, and of course pizza!
Broth Lab – A “build your own bowl” menu featuring hot, warm and cold ramen style bowls, with gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options.
The Bull & Beggar – Hidden in RAD is one of the best restaurant sin Asheville, or the country. Chef Matt Dawson and crew helped lead the way for our food scene.
The Bywater – Full bar with outdoor drinking area and social club on the river side. Food trucks and buskers.
Don’s Kitchen at Green’s Mini Mart – Some say it’s the best fried chicken in town!
Fresh Woodfired Pizza – Good folks making good pizza in the fanciest, jewel encrusted pizza oven in  Asheville!
Grey Eagle – Asheville’s oldest music venue with a full bar and taqueria inside
Grey Eagle Taqueria – Some of Asheville’s best tacos for lunch, dinner, and late night when there’s an event / live music on stage.
Nourish and Flourish – Very calming and peaceful juice bar, with one or two small things to eat, like granola bars and such..
Ole Shakey’s – Dive bar / biker bar / hipster hangout with outdoor grills. Bring your own meat. Home of the annual Jerk Off beef jerky competition.
PennyCup Coffee Co. – Roastery and original cafe for the award coffee. Some in-house baked goods, breakfast tacos from Tacobilly, bagels form Joey’s NT Bagels.
Pleb Urban Winery – Small batch, craft winery using local grapes. Taproom also offers a selection of guest wines, beers on tap, cider, and prepackaged snacks.
Rosabee’s – Cocktail bar, restaurant, dessert shop.
Salvage Station – Live music and events, full bar and kitchen, past winners of the Battle of the Burger.
Smoky Park Supper Club – Headed by Chef Michelle Bailey, excellent menu, great atmosphere, wonderful outdoor seating, hard to miss, as it is made out of shipping crates.
Summit Coffee – Located in the Foundation aka “Foundy” area of the RAD, featuring great coffee, some small bites, great atmosphere.
Ultra Coffeebar – Smack dab in the middle of the RAD. Breakfast and lunch items, great coffee, and house-made baked goods!
Vivian – My 2018 Restaurant of the Year and Best new Restaurant. French and north European fare from  Shannon and Chef Josiah McGaughey.
Wedge Brewing / Wedge at Foundation– Brewery with two locations in the RAD, one Roberts Street, the other in Foundy. Were there be breweries, there be food trucks.
Yuzu Patisery – Wonderful little Japanese cafe located inside of the Akira Sataki ceramics studio in the Foundy section of the RAD.


The Admiral – One of Asheville’s first 3rd Wave great restaurants, still going strong with high-end takes on classic food in a dive-bar atmosphere.
Asheville Sandwich Company – Makin’ the sandwiches.
A Taste of El Salvador – El Salvadorian food.
BattleCat CoffeeBar – Hipster haven and smokers’ paradise! One of Asheville’s best and last truly bohemian cafes.
Biscuit Head – The famous home of “cathead biscuits” and gravy flights!
BimBeriBon – Vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, dairy free? They got you covered.
Bonfire Barbecue – BBQ on Patton Ave.
The Desoto Lounge – Cocktails, bar food, dim lights.
El Que Pasa – Great Mexican food!
The Farmacy Juice & Tonic Bar – Locally run juice and smoothie bar using organic ingredients.
Favilla’s – Pizza served with NY accents. Some of Asheville’s favorite. Try the “Grandma” pie.
Flora / Forage – Super cute little flower and plant shop with a cafe in it.
Foothills Butcher Bar – Great spot to grab linch or dinner. Try the blue plate specials, go for the burgers, the brisket, the mac ‘n’ cheese. I really love this place!
Frostbite – All natural soft-serve ice cream. Some of the best shit on Earth!
Gan Shan West – Just like Gan Shan North, only a little different.
Green Tea Sushi & Japanese Restaurant – Holy moly, what a great place! Amazing atmosphere, professional servers, amazing food.
Gypsy Queen Cuisine – Yay, Chef Suzy Salwa! Her Lebanese food is famous in here in the small Appalachian town of Asheville, Western North Carolina!
Haywood Common – Great American fare and full bar right on Haywood Ave. Outdoor seating.
Haywood Lounge – Best wings in Asheville according to some folks.
Happy Hill – Family style diner.
Hole Doughnuts – Deep fried to order. Ah. May. Zing.
The Hop Ice Creamery – One of Asheville’s first and best local ice cream makers. The creamery is open to the public, serving… ice cream!
The Hop West – The Hop’s West Asheville retail location. Cute. Full of children.
Isis Music Hall – Food & music in the historic Isis Theater built in 1937.
Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas – I had really good ramen here once, and I plan to go back.
Izzy’s Coffee House – Specialty coffee drinks, house made baked goods, bagels, wine and beer.
Jargon – Seasonal innovative food, creative cocktails and a diverse wine list in a cozy and eclectic setting.
The Malvern – Neighborhood gastropub specializing in locally distilled liquors, local craft beers on tap, and food.
The Mothlight – Music and drinks.
Neo Burrito – Locally run, fast-casual restaurant focused on sustainability.
New Belgium Brewing – Year-round and current seasonal offerings are always on tap + food trucks.
Odd’s Cafe – Cafe with food, outdoor seating.
OWL Bakery – Amazing food, cute atmosphere, outdoor seating at Chef Susannah Gebhart’s award winning bakery and coffee shop.
OysterHouse Brewing Co. – Oysters and more! My Burger of the Year winner 2018!
Pizza Mind – Pizza and such on Beecham’s Curve.
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack – Hot fried chicken and sides. An Asheville favorite for many years!
Sand Hill Kitchen – Great food by Chef Jamie Wade. Burger, Sandwiches, amazing fried chicken. One of Asheville’s “hidden” gems.
Sawhorse – Northern comfort food by Chef Dan Silo. The maple eclair is outstanding!
Short Street Cakes – Cake, cupcakes, pies, and more at one of Asheville’s best bakeries!
Simple Juice Bar & Cafe – Organic cafe and juice/smoothie bar in West Asheville. Locally owned, responsibly sourced, fresh cold pressed juice, vegan and gluten free, smoothies, healthy food, salads, sandwiches, soup, breakfast.
Standard Pizza Co. – Neighborhood pizza joint on Haywood Ave.
Sunny Point Cafe – One of the best and busiest restaurant sin all of Asheville. Winner of my “Lifetime Achievement” award for their legendary shrimp ‘n’ grits!
Sweetheart Bakery – Local bakery vending at the WAVL Farmers Market.
Tacobilly – Great tacos on Beechham’s Curve!
Tacos Jalisco Mexican Restaurant – Great tacos and more! One of Asheville’s favorite spots.
Taqueria Munoz – Asheville eaters’ most popular and favorite tacos are right here.
The Tastee Diner – Old school diner with great burgers and fries and other diner fare.
Tiger Bay Cafe – Breakfast serve breakfast all day, plus lunch. Located inside BattleCat coffee shop.
The Universal Joint – American / New American pub with burgers, tacos and such.
Urban Orchard – Hard Apple Cider bar with a kitchen and small menu.
West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen (WALK) – Full bar, full menu, taco Tuesdays are famous here.
West End Bakery – West Asheville favorite bakery / cafe. Family friendly.
West Village Market & Deli – Healthy food, and groceries.
Westville Pub – Neighborhood bar and grill with full menu, micro-brewed beers & handmade cocktails.
Wynn’s Diner – Old school family style diner.


Avenue M – Neighborhood restaurant, bar, and gathering place.
Barrelhouse – Neighborhood pub in North Asheville featuring bar food and local musicians.
Bavarian Dining – I’ve never been here, but I’m going to take a wild stab that it’s Bavarian food.
Bone and Broth – Neighborhood restaurant and bar.
Charlotte Street Pub – Classic neighborhood watering hole, with award winning wings and other bar food.
City Bakery – The North Charlotte street location is the original, and a wonderful bakery / cafe! Award winning pie and coffee!
Early Girl – The Merrimon Ave location of this long-time downtown favorite
Geraldine’s Bakery – Local favorite, award winning family-run bakery.
Ghan Shan Station – Asian fare in a very hip and modern atmosphere.
High Five Coffee – One of Asheville’s favorites! Award winning coffee, with a location on Broadway just outside of downtown.
Homegrown – Award winning fried chicken, some of the best food in town! A personal favorite of mine.
Liberty House Coffee & Cafe – Really nice atmosphere, great coffee and food.
Luella’s Barbecue – Classic southern style BBQ and a neighborhood favorite
828 Family Pizzeria – née Marco’s. New name, same pizza and Italian entrees. An Asheville favorite.
Plant – Excellent, award-winning Vegan food that even your non-Vegan friends will love! An absolute MUST for any Vegans visiting Asheville.
Taco Temple – Mamacita’s North Asheville Taco shack with a full bar.
Ultimate Ice Cream – YUM! Some of my personal favorite stuff on Earth right here.
Vinnie’s Neighborhood Italian – Italian food.
The Waterbird Cafe – Stylish food and decor, excellent staff, great place!
Whit’s – Frozen custard. This is a franchise, but it’s still awesome!
YoLo – Frozen yogurt, also awesome! Self-serve, pay by the ounce, get a little or a lot!


Coming Soon!


Amazing Pizza Co.
Appalachian Chic Food Truck
Avery’s Hot Dogs
Belly Up Truck
Brinehaus Meat & Provisions
Bun Intended
Chef Daddy’s Food Truck
The Coffee Pedlar
Deli Llammma Food Truck
El Kimchi
Grateful Roots Food Truck
Motorcycle Coffee Club
Out of the Blue Peruvian Fusion Cuisine
Ron’s Taco Shop
Sugar & Snow Gelato
Salt & Smoke

Vieux Carre
Vitamina T 

If you have questions for me, about where to eat, or what to eat, just PM me through my FaceBook page!

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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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