Food and Drink in Asheville, NC
Local and regional cuisine usually defines an area and Asheville is no different. Residents and visitors can enjoy a variety of restaurants in Asheville and the surrounding region, some featuring local flavors and farm-to-table recipes as well as wines and beers from around the State of North Carolina.
Local. Home grown. Farm fresh. Serious foodies like to know about their food – and they want it to measure up, not just from farm to table, but from first bite to last. Home to hundreds of independent restaurants, Asheville has garnered attention from locals and visitors alike for its diverse flavor choices. Area restaurants, featuring everything from barbecue to Indian food, offer samplings of a slice of life as varied and original as Asheville itself. Barbecue
Asheville's 12 Bones Smokehouse is the go-to-spot for great smoked barbecue. This casual dining restaurant serves everything from baby back ribs, smoked turkey and chicken to vegetarian selections and sides.
Experience the unique and complex flavors of international vegetarian cuisine at Laughing Seed Café. Locally grown products and organic ingredients, combined with the flair for global fusion, give this restaurant's dishes a distinctive and delicious character that vegetarians and meat lovers alike will love.
As home to more than 250 independent restaurants, 16 annual food festivals (plus five annual beer festivals), 13 farmers markets and nearly a dozen microbreweries, there's no shortage of things to eat (and drink!) in Asheville, the city dubbed Foodtopia.
The farm-to-table movement that helped Asheville earn its status as a "Foodtopia" continues to grow as more restaurants, grocery stores and farmers markets offer meats, vegetables, fruits and other foods that were locally grown and produced. This expansion of farm-fresh food has been embraced by residents and visitors who receive the benefit of eating the freshest foods they can find, while also helping the local economy.
As aficionados know, there’s chocolate, and then there’s chocolate: The kind some swear is better than – well, you know. And fortunately, available right here in Asheville. Indian Kulfi, Dragon’s Sigh, Ancient Pleasures, Canela Picante and Masala Chai may sound like exotic treasures – and they are. All are unique chocolate truffle flavors you’d be hard-pressed to find in an ordinary sweet shop, but are right at home in Asheville’s finest chocolate shops. French Broad Chocolate Lounge
Known as "Foodtopia" for its impressive array of fine restaurants, commitment to locally grown ingredients and variety of food-related events and initiatives, Asheville soon may also lead the nation in green restaurants. With 100,000 residents, the city already has an oversize devotion to culinary excellence and variety. It boasts more than 250 independent restaurants, 17 active farmers markets, longstanding support for the farm-to-table movement and a bevy of local farmers.
Asheville has refreshing answers to whatever "ales" you, thanks to 10 microbreweries doing business in the community. In 2011 and for the third consecutive year, Asheville won the national title of Beer City USA as voted by readers of Examiner.com and organized by the Denver, Colo.-based Brewers Association.
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.