Burgerworx (2 locations, really good flat-top burgers (not grassfed tho) and fries, fast & lots of yummy toppings/sauces. Good for kiddos!)

Haywood Common (Modern American in a handsome, rustic atmosphere. Great for a casual dinner with a group that has somewhat traditional tastes. I had the Winter Cobb with Grilled Chicken and it was exceptional. West Asheville).

Curate (One of my favorites; high-end Spanish Tapas with insane flavor and great cocktails .Downtown)

Limones (ridiculously good, seasonally focused Mexican. Somewhat fine dining. Downtown)

Rhubarb (delicious, similar to Husk menus. Southern-inspired food, elevated. Downtown)

Plant (high-end, beautifully plated vegan & raw food. Right off downtown)

Tupelo Honey (Asheville classic institution, very family friendly, great salad and apps. Downtown)

Gan Shan Station and Shan Station West (the original is larger physically and has a larger menu. Great use of sweet and savory flavors and umami. Gan Shan West is a little more casual, and it has a more limited menu. Also delicious. I love the steamed buns, dumpling and veggie sides. Ramen is popular).

Jerusalem Garden Cafe (incredible Mediterranean cuisine; love the hummus, pita, kebabs and lamb. Downtown)

Nine Mile (Amazing healthy Caribbean. Lots of food for around $20-25.  I get the Soul Rebel which has wild salmon & a curry sauce.West Asheville)

Baba Nahm (Mediterranean schwarma & falafel pitas, hummus & sides. I love the Sabich. Downtown)

Bimberibon (creative, healthy meals. GF & Vegan options, but service can be hit or miss. Love the chocolate powerbites. West Asheville)

Laughing Seed (SUPER healthy and fresh, cafe-style, plant-based. Downtown)

Dobra Tea (delicious matcha latte and macrobiotic bowls. 2 locations; I like the West Asheville one best)

Chai Pani (one of my all time fave restaurants ever; Indian street food. Downtown)

Simple Cafe (creative juices, smoothies, salads and baked goods! I love the GF walnut muffin and the Ginger Miso Salad with Tempeh. West Asheville)

WALK/West Asheville Lounge & Kitchen (locally-sourced, American-style comfort food. Affordable and great for a family. Amazing sweet potato tots and creative wraps/burgers/salads

Gypsy Queen Cuisine (AMAZING Lebanese street food in an unassuming strip-mall location. Very kind people and authentic food. I recommend the falafel wrap with fries added and the fried brussels sprouts, plus a generous amount of the house hot sauce. Close to West Asheville).

Broth Lab Asheville (River Arts District. Incredibly kind service. Ramen and other noodle dishes with a variety of creative toppings. I got the sesame noodles with spicy eggplant, crispy tofu, peanuts and yuzu kale. Yum!)

RosaBees (River Arts District. One of my ALL TIME favorite Asheville meals. I was blown away! Hawaiian-style food. I got the BBQ pork steamed buns, which comes with kimchi coleslaw and garlic-sesame broccoli. I also got a side of wasabi satsuma mashed sweet potatoes. Every bite was memorable. I didn’t get dessert but the chef is a also pastry chef, so I’m sure they’re incredible. 10/10 recommend).

All Day Darling (North Asheville. Another place that really impressed me!!! Simple, creative, American-inspired food at an affordable price with healthy options. Outdoor seating and casual cafe vibes. Loved the hummus mezze appetizer with fluffy, warm pita and the grains salad, which came with perfect avocado, quinoa, kale, red onion, feta, awesome lentil fritters and green goddess dressing). Saw a few families with young children.)


Biscuit Head (the MOST incredible giant buttery biscuits with an assortments of unique and traditional jams! Also eggs & bacon etc. GF biscuits are amazing too. West Asheville)

Smokey Park Supper Club: (Gorgeous view, great for larger parties. Loved the Bulgogi beef bowl. Riverside area).

Owl Bakery (Old World Levain Bakery; great croissant egg sandwiches and avocado toast. Small, so go early for seating. West Asheville)

Green Sage Cafe (casual, health-focused. I like the Green Monster smoothie, extra blended, and the Apple Sunflower Oatmeal. They have classic brunch food as well like eggs/bacon etc)

Early Girl Eatery and Sunny Point Cafe:  (I haven’t been to these, but I’ve heard amazing things.)

Button & Co Bagels  (AMAZING chewy bagels with some unique local ingredients; I love the Fig & Sorghum Bagel toasted with Ramp Cream Cheese)


All Souls Pizza (farm to table pizza with lovely outdoor seating; I love the local greens salad with beets, and the polenta pizza is really unique and GF. Few mins from downtown)

Pizza Mind (Lots of topping options/unique combos. GF options. Love the fried green beans with ranch and the Green Pizza, add pepperoni. West Asheville)

White Labs Kitchen & Tap (specializes in fermentation of all kinds, including the amazing 72 hour fermented pizza dough. I love the mushroom pesto pizza, add sausage. GF option. Few minutes from downtown)

Foothills Local Meats Butcher Bar (West Asheville. Locally-sourced, pasture-raised meats. Incredible ‘old school’ griddle-style cheeseburger with tallow-fried french fries (much healthier than vegetable oil). Small and casual; I imagine this is good for kiddos)


Hole (freshly made old school style donuts that will change your life. Be patient and go early! The Toasted Sesame & Cinnamon is my go-to. West Asheville)

French Broad Chocolates (I always get the vegan buddha chocolate.Downtown)

Owl Bakery (Insanely amazing pastries. I love the Almond Rose Croissant, Coffee Walnut Strudel and the chocolate chip cookie. All TDF. West Asheville)

Forage (connected to the beautiful plant shop Flora; great chai latte and granola bar from The-Rhu Bakery. West Asheville)

High Five Coffee (particularly lovely service and great coffee. Solid wifi for working. They offer bagels and baked goods from local spots. I recommend the seasonal fruit crumble bar if avail by The-Rhu Bakery. 2 locations but I go to the one on Broadway near downtown.)

Filo Pastries (East Asheville, right off the Blue Ridge Parkway. Sweet coffee shop that’s great for working. Homemade pastries, especially the cakes. The Chocolate Mousse Cake is life-changing.)

Karen Donatelli (Dowtown. another epic almond croissant, one of the best since Paris, as well as insane chocolate chip cookies, apple tarts and more…also great European-style coffee and lovely service)

Pennycup Coffee (I’ve been to the River Arts District location. Strong, delicious dark roast coffee, if that’s your style. Bagels and a few baked goods. Very laid back, industrial vibe and free wifi. I wouldn’t go out of my way for it, but good coffee if in the area).

Farewell Coffee (Few minutes South of downtown. One of my favorites. Very modern and clean aesthetic, friendly service and they use incredible thick, seedy bread for their toast dishes. I get the latte with an extra shot of espresso).

Ultra Coffeebar (River Arts District. Such a lovely place. Kind employees and selection of yummy “energy balls” and bagel sandwiches, including vegan options. I got an iced vanilla latte (their flavors are made in house) and a “Joey” bagel: everything bagel, sausage, egg, smoked gouda, basil pesto.)