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)

9 Mile (amazing healthy Caribbean. 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).


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.


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)


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 amazing plant shop Flora; great chai latte and granola bar from The-Rhu Bakery. I love their homemade granola bar. 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.)

The-Rhu (Bakery and cafe. I’ve actually never been to the actual location, but I’ve had their goodies at several coffee shops, and they’ve all been scrumptious. Everything on the menu sounds incredible too! Downtown)