My Top 5 Restaurants to Try in Asheville, North Carolina

Asheville has no shortage of good food, that’s for sure. I had a good list of places I wanted to try out on my visit, and we did get to try a good amount of them. Every place we ate at was absolutely delicious and so unique. The amazing thing about Asheville is that are very very little chain restaurants so they’re all locally owned and so fresh.

HEMINGWAY’S CUBA | This beautiful restaurant is located in downtown Asheville and has a breathtaking view to match the delicious food. For how delicious and unique the food was, I would have thought it would’ve been more expensive than it was. We got the empanadas (one chicken and one beef), and oh my gosh, they were so flavorful and buttery. You must try them. For the main entree, I got the Vaca Frita which was a skirt steak that just fell apart at the touch of a fork. My mom got the Arroz con Pollo and it was also delicious, but the skirt steak was better. They do get busier, so I’d recommend making a reservation.

TUPELO HONEY | Tupelo Honey is a smaller chain restaurant that is known for their breakfast items. There are two locations in Asheville, but we went to the one that’s not downtown. I got the avocado toast & eggs and it was probably the best avocado toast I’ve ever had. The flavor was very unique but it was seasoned so well. My mom got the chicken and waffles and the sweet and salty combination was everything. Highly highly recommend Tupelo Honey!!

WHITE DUCK TACO SHOP | This is probably the most recommended restaurant I was suggested to try out. Similar to Tupelo Honey, White Duck Taco Shop also has a couple locations. We went to the one in the River Arts District and were able to sit outside by the water in the perfect Fall weather. White Duck is known for their unique taco combinations. They have everything from Korean Beef Bulgogi to Thai Peanut Chicken to a traditional fish taco. For those who are vegan and vegetarian, there are options for you as well. I tried the Bangkok Shrimp because we were just hungry for a snack and it did not disappoint. My mouth is watering just looking at the picture right now.

VILLAGE SOCIAL | On the day we visited the Biltmore Estate, we stopped in Antler Hill Village on the way back for the wine tasting included in our ticket. We got a quick lunch at the Village Social. Their soup of the day was a sausage, potato, and kale soup. It was creamy and not lacking any flavor at all. I don’t know how often they bring back this soup, but if you see it on the menu, get it!! They had a lot of other delicious looking items on the menu too. This restaurant was a little more expensive than the other ones I’ve suggested, so keep that in mind!

BUXTON HALL BARBEQUE | The Carolinas are known for their BBQ, so we definitely made it a point to try out a BBQ restaurant. This restaurant came as a specific recommendation from a friend of mine. It is located in the south slope area of Asheville. This area is known for their breweries, so if BBQ is not to your taste, there are many other options to choose from in the vicinity. The building used to be a skating rink so I think it’s so cool that they turned it into a restaurant while keeping some of it’s original features as you will notice if you visit. I would recommend trying the smoked chicken, hushpuppies, and green beans at Buxton Hall.

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