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Where to Eat in Asheville - Farm-to-Table Freshness, Food Trucks, and Foraging

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Downtown Asheville has over 120 full-service restaurants throughout its 5 square miles. This high restaurants-to-residents ratio means only the best eateries can thrive here, and limited space equals many indoor-outdoor spots. Chefs and owners must keep their menus and ingredients fresh to keep regulars satisfied and visitors enticed. Farm-to-table is a way of life in Asheville, and nearly every restaurant offers creative vegetarian and organic options for a health-conscious community.

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Biscuits paired with inventive gravies, sandwich or breakfast fixings, and local honey abound. Mushrooms are popular here and foraged just miles away; visitors can even go foraging and certain chefs will cook up their bounty.

Downtown Asheville


Even Asheville’s fine-dining establishments are casual, but chefs are serious about putting top-quality, locally sourced food on the table. Several James Beard award-winning chefs command kitchens here, including those at Curate (Spanish), Chai Pani (Indian), and Rhubarb (American). A number of food truck lots and alfresco eateries provide additional menus influenced by international and classic Southern flavors.


  • Cúrate, 11 Biltmore Ave., Asheville 28801; Tel: +1 828 239 2946; Website: Cúrate

  • Chai Pani, 22 Battery Park Ave., Asheville 28801; Tel: +1 828 254 4003; Website: Chai Pani


South Slope


Asheville's South Slope is also known as "Brewery District," since 6 breweries sit within its small radius, but more than malts and grains are being cooked up. Funkatorium, Wicked Weed Brewing's sour tasting room, offers small plates divided into sweet, sour, earthy, and composed categories. Blocks away, Ben's Tune-Up serves authentic Asian dishes like ramen and katsudon paired with house-brewed American sakes in an urban beer garden. Food trucks serving sloppy grilled cheese, Korean tacos, and barbecue often park in breweries' lots. For dessert, try Vortex Doughnuts for imaginative choices like Rotating Tap and Raspberry Goat.


  • Ben's Tune-Up, 195 Hilliard Ave., Asheville 28801; Tel: +1 828 424 7580; Website: Ben's Tune-Up

  • Vortex Doughnuts, 32 Banks Ave., Asheville 28801; Tel: +1 828 552 3010; Website: Vortex Doughnuts


Biltmore Village


Biltmore Village, created at the time of Biltmore Estate as a community for its workers, is home to many boutiques and restaurants housed in Tudor-style buildings. Admission tickets are required to eat on-site - at Cedric's Tavern and Bistro, among others - and ingredients come from Biltmore's farms. In the village, Corner Kitchen continues to earn accolades and return visitors to its renovated Victorian home.


  • Bistro, 1 Lodge St., Asheville 28803; Tel: +1 828 225 6230; Website: Bistro

  • Corner Kitchen, 3 Boston Way, Asheville 28803; Tel: +1 828 274 2439; Website: Corner Kitchen


West Asheville


Haywood Road's distinctive eateries have a funky feel and exteriors that don't always reflect the high quality cuisine being served inside. The Admiral, a cinderblock building, has a menu that changes daily and warrants reservations weeks in advance. People line up to eat at breakfast-focused Biscuit Head and Sunny Point Café, while several unconventional restaurants that double as nightlife venues also contribute to West Asheville's reputation as a food destination.


  • The Admiral, 400 Haywood Rd., Asheville 28806; Tel: +1 828 252 2541; Website: The Admiral

  • Biscuit Head, 733 Haywood Rd., Asheville 28806; Tel: +1 828 333 5145; Website: Biscuit Head