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Your Ultimate Food and Drink Bucket List in Asheville, NC

Your Ultimate Food and Drink Bucket List in Asheville, NC

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.

Brunch:

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.  

Peach Sangria, Aperol Spritz, and Mother Earth ‘Weeping Willow’ Wit

Boiled Peanuts

Local Cheese Plate

SWEET POTATO-BACON BRIOCHE FRENCH TOAST
House Berry Jam, Maple-Sorghum Syrup, Cardamom-Powdered Sugar

RITZ-CRACKER TROUT CAKE
Shaved Fennel and Spring Vegetable Salad, Sunny Farm Egg, Preserved Lemon Hollandaise

CALIFORNIA BREAKFAST
Golden Lentils, Red Quinoa, Farro Verde, Hearty Greens, Spring Vegetable Salad, Sunflower Seed Vinaigrette, Poached Egg

WARM CORNBREAD Local Honey

Lunch:

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. 

‘Violet Beauregarde’ Champagne Cocktail-
TOPO Organic vodka, St. Germaine, blueberry puree, fresh mint, fresh lemon & sparkling wine

Tupelo Honey Buttermilk Biscuits with house jam and tupelo honey

Crispy Brussels- fresh herbs, lemon & chopped bacon, garlic buttermilk ranch

Avocado Toast Points-farmer’s cheese, aleppo pepper, red chili honey drizzle, rustic bread

Salt-Roasted Beet Salad-mixed greens, spiced pecans, goat cheese, toasted pecan vinaigrette

Asheville Brewing Company: 77 Coxe Avenue Asheville, NC 28801

Brewpub in the front, production and packaging brewery in the back.

Lemon Space Dog American Wheat and Ninja Porter

California Dreamin’-Mushrooms, feta & sun-dried tomatoes

Moon Pie-Parmesan crust, olive oil base, spinach, Portobello mushrooms, feta & artichoke hearts

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.

Cumin Lamb Kabob

Mixed Vegetable Spring Roll

Spring Noodle (Shanghai Style)- Clear broth prepared with scallions, cilantro, bean sprouts, and thin rice noodles

Spicy and Sour Potage Noodle- Sauteed Chicken, baby bok choy, and green onions in a chicken-based broth

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.

Mojo Taco Plate: 2 tacos served with house-made chips & salsa

Dessert:

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.

Chocolate Crème Brûlée

Inside-Out S’Mores Layer Cake

Drinks:

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.

BLUE MONDAY -This new order of deliciousness features Gin, house made blueberry sage puree with a dash of Orange flower water.

Whiskey Sour Rose with maraschino cherries

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.

Skal Wine Saison-Ingredients: Designed by packaging technician Justin Shearer and brewed in his memory. A traditional saison fermented on 100 pounds of Pinot Noir grape must. JAM! Color: red Style: saison Special Notes: $1 from each pint sold will be donated to Justin’s fiancee, Erin

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.

Nutty Irishman- Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico, coffee, sugar, and whipped cream

Nutty Irishman- Bailey’s Irish Cream, Frangelico, coffee, sugar, and whipped cream (add Jameson for a real treat)

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.

Thirsty Monk Holy Wit

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.

champagne and strawberries

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.

Spanish white blend, Vega Sindoa, Viura blend

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. 

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