Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

Owned by hip Ashevillian chef Katie Button and her Catalan husband Félix, this convivial downtown hangout celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of Spanish tapas, while adding an occasional Southern twist.…
Top Choice Barbecue in Asheville

12 Bones

How good is the barbecue at 12 Bones? Good enough to lure the vacationing Barack and Michelle Obama back to the River Arts District, a few years back. Expect a long wait, though, before you get to enjoy the slow-coo…
Barbecue in Asheville

Buxton Hall

What happens when two James Beard–nominated chefs, Meherwan Irani and Elliott Moss, open a whole-hog barbecue joint in a cavernous former skating rink on the South Slope? You get the ridiculously good buttermilk-fri…
Indian in Asheville

Chai Pani

Literally ‘tea and water,’ chai pani refers more generally to inexpensive snacks. Hence the ever-changing array of irresistible street food at this popular, no-reservations downtown restaurant. Fill up on crunchy bh…
Cafe in Asheville

Sunny Point Cafe

Loved for its hearty homemade food, this bright West Asheville spot fills up each morning with solos, couples, and ladies who breakfast; the little garden out front is the prime spot. Everything, waitstaff included,…
American in Asheville

Admiral

Set in a concrete bunker beside a car junkyard, this low-key West Asheville spot looks divey from the outside. It’s inside, though, where the magic happens. One of the state's finest New American restaurants, the Ad…
Desserts in Asheville

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

Now happily ensconced in large, glossy premises beside Pack Sq Park, this beloved downtown chocolate shop hasn't lost its chocolate heart. Small-batch, locally produced organic chocolates, chunky chocolate brownies,…
American in Asheville

Smoky Park Supper Club

An anchor of cool in the River Arts District, the largest container-constructed restaurant in the USA is more than the sum of its parts – 19 shipping containers to be exact. Choose between such wood-fired delights a…
Mexican in Asheville

White Duck Taco Shop

The chalkboard menu at this downtown taco shop will give you fits. Every single one of these hefty soft tacos sounds like a must-have flavor bomb: spicy buffalo chicken with blue-cheese sauce, crispy pork belly, mol…
Cafe in Asheville

Early Girl Eatery

It’s the all-day breakfast menu that draws the crowds to this downtown farm-to-table cafe, where the sunny dining room overlooks a small central square. Go for the house Benny, with tomato, spinach, avocado and poac…