Where Locals Eat in Asheville

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West Asheville

Where do locals eat in Asheville? West AVL is as laid back and casual as it gets. Anywhere in town is a local hangout, but here's where the locals like to chill on the west side...

  • Admiral - 5 star dining in a funky dive
  • Biscuit Head - biscuits as big as a cat's head with a free condiment bar
  • Bonfire - tangy barbecue with fried honey mustard brussels sprouts
  • Foothills Butcher Shop - Carolina burgers and Cuban sandwiches
  • Gan Shan Station - Asian noodle dishes and dumplings
  • Hole Donuts - handcrafted donuts made to order
  • Itto Ramen Bar & Tapas - ramen noodle bowls and inventive tapas
  • Nine Mile - addictive Caribbean cuisine that's out-of-this-world
  • Oyster House - awesome seafood and beer brewed with oyster shells
  • Pizza Mind - perfect crust and awesome toppings
  • Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack - killer spicy chicken with the best sides
  • Smoky Park Supper Club - flavorful dinners with a view of the river
  • Standard Pizza - buy it by the slice, order it how you like
  • Sunny Point - best breakfast in town, hands down
  • Taco Billy's - slinging some of the coolest tacos in a tiny shack
  • Tastee Diner - doing it the way a diner should
  • Universal Joint - hip restaurant with stellar sandwiches & salads
  • Urban Orchard - delicious turkey reuben with cider on tap
  • Walk - Taco Tuesdays and affordable eats all week long
  • Westville Pub - bar food with a pub style atmosphere
  • Zias - tasty Mexican eatery serving margaritas to sip on the porch
  • 12 Bones - BBQ and sides that will make you slap-happy

Downtown Asheville

Where do locals eat in Asheville? Downtown has some fancy restaurants to visit on special occasions, but locals like these casual spots when dining out...

  • Asheville Pizza & Brewing - pizza, beer & a movie
  • Barley's Tap Room - cranking out pizza, trivia & billiards
  • Ben's Tuneup - Asian food in an old garage that's mighty good
  • Brahmari - giant chicken sandwiches and sour beer on the porch
  • Buxton Hall - best BBQ joint on the block doing it up right
  • Chai Pani - Indian food that locals stand in line to eat
  • City Bakery - bread and pastries you have to see to believe
  • Early Girl - southern food from farm to table
  • French Broad Chocolate - order the salted caramel liquid truffle
  • Little Bee Thai - an authentic Thai experience
  • Mamacitas - counter service ordering up Mexican favorites
  • Manicomio's - New York style pizza with a fabulous patio
  • Pack's Tavern - pub food with great entertainment
  • Storm Rhum Bar - a beautiful restaurant with great food & drinks
  • The Underground Cafe' - stellar sandwiches & quirky donuts
  • The Vault - one of the best burgers in town
  • Wayside Grill - down the hill in Biltmore Village, but worth the drive
  • White Duck Taco - get the Baja Fish taco and a margarita

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6 Comments

  1. Great suggestions!! Can’t wait to try out your recipes!! Congratulations on your new venture!! ????

  2. Unfortunately, Over Easy Cafe is permanently closed. It's a shame because their food was amazing!!

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