Restaurants

Top Choice Tapas in Asheville

Cúrate

This convivial place celebrates the simple charms and sensual flavors of traditional Spanish tapas with a occasional Southern twist (it's owned by a genuine Catalan and his hip Ashevillian wife). Standout dishes run…
Top Choice Modern American in Blowing Rock

Bistro Roca

This cozy, lodge-like bistro, tucked just off Main St, occupies a Prohibition-era building and does upscale New American fare (lobster or pork-belly mac and cheese, kicked-up habanero burgers, wood-fired pizzas, mou…
Top Choice Barbecue in Asheville

12 Bones

How good is this BBQ? Well, Former President Obama and wife Michelle stopped by a few years ago for a meal. The slow-cooked meats are smoky tender, and the sides, from the jalapeño-cheese grits to the smoked-potato …
Top Choice Cafe in Boone

Melanie's Food Fantasy

On cutesy King St hippie types gobble up serious breakfast dishes (scrambles, eggs Benedict, omelets, waffles, pancakes) with a side of home fries at this farm-to-fork favorite, always with a vegetarian option (temp…
Modern American in Asheville

Smoky Park Supper Club

One of the anchors of cool in the developing Rivers Arts District, SPSC is more than the sum of its parts: 19 shipping containers to be exact, making it the largest container-constructed restaurant in the USA. But c…
Cafe in Bryson City

Cork & Bean

Big windows frame the Cork & Bean, a chic restaurant bar in downtown Bryson City. With an emphasis on locally grown and organic fare, you'll feel less guilty digging into the eatery's crepes and sandwiches after…
Cafe in Asheville

Sunny Point Cafe

In the morning, solos, couples and ladies-who-breakfast fill this bright West Asheville spot that's loved for its hearty, homemade fare. The insanely good and towering huevos rancheros, with feta cheese and chorizo …
Modern American in Asheville

Admiral

This concrete bunker beside a car junkyard looks divey on the outside. But inside? That's where the magic happens. This low-key West Asheville spot is one of the state's finest New American restaurants, serving wild…
Bakery in Asheville

French Broad Chocolate Lounge

This beloved downtown chocolate shop may have moved to larger, glossier digs beside Pack Sq Park, but it hasn't lost its chocolate heart. Small-batch, locally produced organic chocolates, chunky chocolate brownies, …
Barbecue in Asheville

Buxton Hall

What happens when two James Beard–nominated chefs (Meherwan Irani and Elliott Moss) collaborate on a whole-hog BBQ restaurant in an old South Slope skating rink, one of whom got his start at Chick-fil-A? You get the…