Featured Restaurants in Asheville, NC

Asheville, NC is home to new restaurants including Bouchon Street Food, Gianni Panini, Tupelo Honey Cafe, and Piazza.

By Eric Seeger on June 20, 2011 at 8:55 pm EST
Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville, NC

PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord

A city doesn’t call itself “Foodtopia" without having a vibrant dining scene, and Asheville restaurants helped the town live up to its nickname even in the worst economy. When things turned bad in 2009, it would have been understandable if many locally owned eateries simply turned off the ovens and closed their doors. Oddly enough, the exact opposite has happened. Asheville’s top independent restaurateurs have actually reinvigorated the city with an impressive selection of new spots to grab a meal.

Bouchon Street Food

Owners like Bouchon’s Michel Baudouin – the jovial face representing French cuisine to downtown diners – have opened smaller, simpler restaurants aimed at making fine food more accessible to guests on a budget. Baudouin opened a crepery in the courtyard next to his flagship restaurant. Nothing but a small stand and a few tables, Bouchon Street Food lives up to its name by serving takeaway dishes that you could pick up from a vending cart in Paris: savory lunch crêpes like the Toulouse, featuring duck confit, carmelized onion, goat cheese and fresh mushrooms for just $7.

 

Gianni Panini

Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland of the Corner Kitchen in historic Biltmore Village have opened up a nearby sandwich shop named Gianni Panini. The small breakfast and lunch eatery is making a good living from foot traffic in the upscale shopping district while also supplying fresh sandwiches to restaurants and shops in neighboring towns.

Tupelo Honey's Second Location

For folks whose palates lean more toward stateside fare, Tupelo Honey opened its second location in booming South Asheville. For years, you had to navigate the crowds of downtown Asheville to enjoy Tupelo’s signature New Southern cooking, but owner Steve Frabritore and chef Brian Sonoskus have answered the suburb’s pleas for easy, family-friendly access to their food. There’s even a new, healthier kids menu. Best of all, diners now can get a quick fix of nutty fried chicken or Low Country tuna without having to fight for a parking spot.

Piazza

The owner of Rezaz – a staple of upscale comfortable dining located just outside of Biltmore – has opened Piazza, a can’t-miss pizza joint near Fairview. Hand-tossed, wood-fired pies get served up with bubbly crusts, great meats, vegetables, seafoods and fresh-made sauces.

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