fried chicken salad on a plate, Rocky's Chicken Shack, Asheville

Where Locals Eat in Asheville

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:

  • 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
  • Over Easy Cafe – yummy breakfast worth the wait
  • 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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  1. Melanie Wood

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

  2. Debi, great suggestions! You are the best. Just sayin’!

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