The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Cafes & Grills

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Artisan Catering and Deli (North Asheville): A gourmet deli and full-service catering company serving American and international classics with an epicurean twist. 961 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-225-7727. Deli Hours 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday; Catering by appointment.

Back Yard Burgers (North Asheville): Great hamburgers charbroiled just like you’d grill them in the backyard! National chain restaurant. 705 Merrimon Ave. Asheville NC 28804, 828-255-7767,  Monday-Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-9 p.m.

Bier Garden (Downtown): American fusion cuisine and an extensive collection of beers from around the world. 46 Haywood Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-285-0002, 11 a.m.-2.00 a.m. 7 days a week. 

Bruegger’s  (North Asheville & Biltmore Village area): National bagel chain, takeout or dine-in. Creative bagel sandwiches. Two Asheville locations: 671 Merrimon Ave. (828-254-1560), 160 Hendersonville Rd. (828-277-1070). Monday-Saturday 6:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Sunday 7 a.m.- 5 p.m.

Burgermeister's (West Asheville): This chef-owned joint serves up gourmet burgers and hearty sandwiches, beautiful salads and fresh seafood. 697 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-225-2920. Sunday to Thursday 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 1 a.m.; Closed Tuesday.

Cafe Azalea (Tunnel Road area): "Healthy Hedonism" -upscale dining with emphasis on using local and fresh ingredients. House-made breads and pastries. 1011 E. Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-299-3753. Lunch and dinner.

Cats and Dawgs (Downtown): Located in the historic Grove Arcade Public Market, Cats and Dawgs features farm-raised catfish, Chicago pure Vienna beef hot dogs, bratwurst, Italian beef, Polish sausage, barbecue sandwiches, Brunswick stew and fresh-cut french fries. One Page Avenue, Suite 132, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-281-8100 Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 12 Noon to 9 p.m.; Sunday 12 Noon to 6 p.m.

Charlotte Street Grill & Pub (Downtown): Since 1976, dining in a  Victorian room upstairs or European “Public House” English pub downstairs. Burgers, pastas, steaks and more. 157 Charlotte St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-5348.  Restaurant open for lunch: Monday through Friday 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Dinner: Monday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Pub open seven days 11:30 a.m. to 2 a.m

City Bakery Café (Downtown) Family-owned and operated bakery offering European-style organic breads and fresh pastries, all handmade, along with organic coffee, sandwiches, pizza and salads. Two downtown locations: 88 Charlotte Street  (828-254-4289) & 60 Biltmore Avenue (828-252-4426)Asheville NC 28801, Charlotte Street hours: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Biltmore Avenue hours: Monday through Saturday 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m to 5 p.m.

Clingman Cafe (River Arts District): Serving premium quality deli meats and cheeses, Certified Organic, Certified Fair Trade coffee and espresso, baked goods and local, organic produce. 242 Clingman Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-2177. Monday through Friday 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Decades Restaurant and Bar (Downtown) A locally owned and operated eatery featuring 20 tap beers, a boutique wine list, and a full bar. Live music Monday-Friday. 81 Broadway Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-0555. Lunch and dinner.

Early Girl Eatery (Downtown): Located in the historic Wall Street section, the Early Girl Eatery offers healthy, made-from-scratch cuisine with a regional emphasis. 8 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-259-9292. Monday through Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Dinner: Tuesday through Thursday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Brunch: Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Fuddruckers (Downtown): National chain which claims to have the "World's Greatest Hamburgers", and they may just be right. Fun place, great for the kids as well. 130 Charlotte Street, Asheville, NC 28801, 828-254-2161

Green Sage Coffeehouse & Cafe (Downtown): A world-class  coffeehouse & cafe offering fair-trade organic coffee, natural and organic food, and operated sustainably as a model ecologically-driven business. The Green Sage is one of Asheville's premier coffeehouses, conveniently located downtown. 5 Broadway Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-4450. Coffeehouse: Monday through Wednesday 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 7:30 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Saturday 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Cafe: Breakfast: until 4 p.m. daily; Lunch & Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. -8 p.m. ; Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. - 9 p. m.

Hickory Tavern (Biltmore Park): Eclectic menu, the Hickory Tavern also has a Raw Bar, 30 Town Square Boulevard, Asheville NC 28803; 828-684-0975

Jack of the Wood (Downtown): A popular Celtic Pub that also serves up  Irish dishes! Live music, outdoor seating in season and home grown "Green Man" ales. 95 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-5445.

Laurey's (Yum!) (Downtown): Catering and gourmet to go, as well as easy going breakfast (muffins and scones, breakfast burritos, wonderful coffee); low-key lunch (20+ made-in restaurant daily salads, soups, daily specials); and dinners to go.  67 Biltmore Ave., 252-1500. Monday-Friday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Loretta’s (Downtown): Great spot for lunches conveniently located downtown. Back-to-basics sandwiches, featuring fresh bread and homemade soups. 27 Patton Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-3747. Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Lucky Otter (West Asheville): A Cali-burrito style restaurant serving hand-crafted local beer, margaritas and good food at reasonable prices.   Serves wraps, chili, tortillas, burritos, quesadillas, and soups and salads using fresh, local foods. 630 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-253-9595. Open 7 days a week, 11:30 a.m. - 9 p.m.

Mediterranean Restaurant (Downtown):  Since 1969, serving complete breakfast with omelettes, french toast, pancakes, country ham and eggs, homemade hash browns, biscuits. Lunch blue plate specials, fresh cooked vegetables, Greek salads, sandwiches, gyro plates. 57 College Street, Asheville NC 28801. 828-258-0476. Breakfast and lunch only.

Nick's Grill (North Asheville): Serving high quality and great tasting popular sandwiches, subs and burgers. Enjoy unique luncheon creations like the New Orleans Style Crab Burger. Known for Greek specialities as well. 1461 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-252-9335. Monday-Friday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m., Saturday 11 a.m. - 3. p.m. 

Northside Sports Bar & Grill (North Asheville): Sports bar-and-grill. 853 Merrimon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-254-2349. Open Monday-Friday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.; Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.  - 2 a.m.

Overeasy Cafe (Downtown): Breakfast, brunch, and lunch dishes, fresh to order. Focusing on supporting local farmers,  Focusing on supporting local farmers, Overeasy uses organic ingredients when ever possible. 32 Broadway Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-236-3533. Wednesday through Saturday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Sunday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Pack's Tavern (Downtown): Located in the historic Hayes and Hobson Building on Pack Square. Sandwiches, burgers, wings and tavern fare. 20 Spruce Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-225-6944  Open until 11:00 PM, 7 days a week.

Posana Cafe   (Downtown): Located on Pack Square, Posana Cafe offers breakfast, lunch and dinner, with all dishes prepared from scratch. Their focus is on using local, organic produce. 1 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-505-3969. Sunday-Wednesday 7:30 a.m. - 4 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 7:30 a.m. -11 p.m.

Red Stag Grill (Biltmore Village): Old-world ambience in Grand Bohemian Hotel, traditional favorites , chops and game. Grand Bohemian Hotel, 11 Boston Way, Asheville NC 28803; 828-717-8756

Rise 'n Shine Cafe (North Asheville): Local, ethical and organic products used whenever possible. Breakfast and lunch. 640 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804, 828-254-4122. Monday-Saturday 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Rosetta’s Kitchen (Downtown): A fun, eclectic cafe serving vegan and vegetarian home cooking. Eclectic menu featuring local, organic fare. Wholesome global comfort food in a bohemian atmosphere.116 Lexington Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-232-0738. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music.

Roots (River Arts District) Great cafe in the River Arts District serving fast organic food and coffee. Breakfast and lunch only. Eclectic menu featuring southern and Mediterranean cuisine. Great ambiance and setting right by the train tracks. 166 West Haywood Street, Asheville NC 288-1, 828-232-2828.

Sunny Point Cafe (West Asheville): Sunny Point offers creative and delicious dishes that shine through with local flavors. Handmade desserts and award winning breakfasts anytime. Dine on their patio for an al fresco experience. 626 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806, 828-252-0055. Tuesday through Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday and Monday 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

The Admiral (West Asheville) Eclectic and inventive food served in a casual beer joint atmosphere. American to Continental menu. 400 Haywood Road, Asheville NC 28806; 828-252-2541; 5 -10 p.m. seven days a week.

True Confections (Downtown): Located in the historic Grove Arcade Market, True Confections features excellent desserts, fresh-baked specialty breads, fresh roasted coffees and a continental breakfast. Also outdoor dining in season. 1 Page Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-350-9480.

Tupelo Honey Café  (Downtown): Elegant southern cuisine with an uptown twist. The Tupelo Honey Cafe has an upscale, yet casual environment with touches of an authentic Charleston/New Orleans style.2 College St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-4863. Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner" Tuesday-Thursday 5:30 -10 p,.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30 -11:00 p.m.

Two Guys Olde Style Hoagies (Downtown): One of the best sandwich and sub shops in Asheville. 132 Charlotte St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-9955. Open Monday-Saturday 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Urban Burrito (North and East Asheville): Wide selection of California-style burritos, as well as great salsas. Voted best burritos of WNC. Two locations: 640 Merrimon Ave., #303, Asheville NC 28804  (828-251‑1921); 129 Bleachery Blvd.,  Asheville NC 28805 (828-298-9802). Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-9 p.m.9

West End Bakery  (West Asheville) Soups, salads, sandwiches, desserts and baked goods are the hallmarks of this great little neighborhood cafe. 757 Haywood St., Asheville NC 28806, 828-252-9378. Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m. -6 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 8 a.m. -3 p.m.

Westville Pub (West Asheville): Casual dining in a non-smoking pub atmosphere that also is one of Asheville's most popular live music venues. Wide variety of homemade food including sandwiches, wraps, quesadillas, soups and lasagna. 777 Haywood Rd., Asheville NC 28806, 828-225-9782. Sunday-Thursday 4 p.m.-l a.m.; Friday-Saturday 4 p.m.-2 a.m.

Wild Wing Cafe (Downtown): Fresh, first quality ingredients, exotic spices, creative sauces and
homemade dips and dressings all in a casual, fun atmosphere. 161 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-253-3066.


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