Where’s the best place to go in the summer? That depends on what you’re looking for. Situated in North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains is Asheville. It’s known for a vibrant arts/music scene and historic architecture. The Downtown area is filled with galleries, breweries, rooftop bars, and amazing restaurants. But this isn’t your average small mountain town. Whether you’re into outdoor activities, the arts, or eating food from some of the best James Beard nominated chefs in the state, you’ll find there are plenty of reasons to visit. Asheville frequently appears in top 10 lists of best food and beer in the country, and for very good reason. We have assembled a delicious collection below of not to miss food and drinks.
Rhubarb- 7 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Award winning chef John Fleer’s downtown Asheville restaurant serving contemporary American cuisine. A native of Winston-Salem, NC, Fleer was named one of the “Rising Stars of the 21st Century” by the James Beard Foundation and is a five-time finalist, most recently in 2017, for the James Beard “Best Chef in the Southeast” award.
Tupelo Honey Cafe: 12 College Street, Asheville, NC 28801
Chef Eric Gabrynowicz is a four-time James Beard Award semifinalist. He brings Tupelo Honey Southern inspired dishes that are simply crafted and made from scratch with responsibly sourced ingredients that bring the best of every season. Tupelo Honey is considered one of the pioneers of Asheville’s farm-to-table movement.
Asheville Brewing Company: 77 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801
Brewpub in the front, production and packaging brewery in the back.
Dinner/Late Night Eats:
The Noodle Shop: 3 SW Pack Sq, Asheville, NC 28801
Noodle dishes, spring rolls & other Chinese staples in simple surrounds with a patio.
Mojo Kitchen and Lounge: 55 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
A menu using many local, regional & seasonal ingredients providing quality food in a casual setting.
French Broad Chocolate Lounge: 10 S Pack Square, Asheville, NC 28801
Chocolate specialist using carefully sourced beans to create truffles, bars & other sweets. They are voted #1 in the “Best of Asheville” for sweets and chocolates.
The Social Lounge: 29 Broadway, Asheville, NC 28801
Original craft cocktails, wine, local brews, and modern gastropub fare along with the best rooftop seating in Asheville.
Wicked Weed Brewing Pub: 91 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Hip brewery with a tasting room & a restaurant serving high-end, locally sourced New American fare.
Claddagh Restaurant & Pub Asheville: 4 College St, Asheville, NC 28801
The Claddagh is an Irish style pub that has recently opened in the heart of downtown Asheville, NC.
Thirsty Monk: 92 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Recognized as one of the best beer bars in the world, Thirsty Monk in Asheville, NC is dedicated to providing a fresh and unique beer selection.
Top of the Monk: 92 Patton Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
Hand-crafted classic cocktails, modern tipples, one of Asheville’s most extensive whiskey collections, and a gorgeous view from our rooftop patio.
5 Walnut Wine Bar: 5 W Walnut St, Asheville, NC 28801
Warm brick-walled hangout with wine tastings, locally sourced nibbles & craft beer, plus live music.
There is a real sense of connection with the environment and passion for sustainable living in Asheville. The city is filled with great cafes and wonderful gastronomy, prices that are reasonable and affordable, and people that are lovely, warm and welcoming. With cool street art, nightlife, a buzzing foodie scene and futuristic architecture – it’s time to visit.