The Ultimate Guide To Asheville and the Western North Carolina Mountains
The Ultimate Guide to Asheville & the Western North Carolina Mountains

The Online Version of the Best-selling Regional Guidebook

Susanna Pantas, Artist

Overseas & Exotic

Pen & Ink Drawings of Biltmore Estate, by Lee James Pantas

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Asaka (Downtown): Authentic Japanese cuisine and sushi served in comfortable surroundings. 801 Biltmore Ave., Asheville NC 28803, 828-250-9301. Lunch and dinner: 11 a.m.-10 p.m., 7 days a week.

Asiana Grand Buffet (West Asheville): The Asiana serves several varieties of Asian cuisine and hors d’oeuvres -- offering both buffet and menu service. 153 Smoky Park Highway, Candler NC 28715, 828-667-2010. Lunch: Monday - Sunday: 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Dinner: 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Green Tea Sushi (West Asheville):  "Be attentive to details” is the principle that Green Tea adheres to. Green Tea Sushi has been a cornerstone in the community for many years by consistently offering palatable food, excellent service, good sanitary conditions, and affordable prices. 2 Regent Park Blvd., Asheville NC 28806, 828-252-8300.

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Heiwa Shokudo (Downtown): A little jewel of a Japanese restaurant offering authentic Japanese cuisine. Tempura, teriyaki, sukiyaki, vegetarian dishes and more. 87 North Lexington Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-7761. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.; Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5:30-9:30 p.m.


Kanpai Sushi Thai (Downtown) Thai cuisine and sushi bar. 3 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-225-8885. Lunch: Monday-Thursday 11:30-3 p.m., Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30-10:30 p.m.

Mikado Japanese Steakhouse (Tunnel Road Area): Japanese seafood, steak house and sushi bar.  45 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-258-9696. Sunday-Thursday 11 a.m. -10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11 a.m. -11 p.m.

The Noodle Shop (Downtown): Authentic Chinese cooking is offered in this charming little restaurant located on Pack Square downtown. Noodle and rice dishes are the main attractions with a wide range of Chinese cooking styles from Szechwan to Shandong. Generous portions.  3 Pack Square, Asheville NC 28801, 828-250-9898. Lunch: Tuesday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday 5-10:30 p.m.; Saturday noon-10:30 p.m.

PF Chang's China Bistro (Biltmore Park -South Asheville): Unique restaurant chain that offers dining in a setting of classic Chinese design with a modern bistro look. Each location features an original hand-painted mural depicting scenes of 12th century China. Extensive menu is prepared to order using only fresh, high quality ingredients. 26 Schenck Parkway, Asheville, NC 28803, 828-681-2975.

Wasabi  (Downtown): Japanese restaurant and sushi bar. 19 Broadway, Asheville NC 28801, 828-225-2551. Lunch: Monday-Friday 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 -3 p.m.; Dinner: Sunday-Thursday 5-10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5-10:30 p.m.

Zen Sushi (North Asheville): Japanese cuisine and sushi bar. High-quality fresh sushi and sashimi. 640 Merrimon Ave., Asheville NC 28804, 828-225-6033. Open seven days a week, 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.


12 Bones Smokehouse (River Arts District & South Asheville): An Asheville institution, 12 Bones Smokehouse has two locations, the original down by the French Broad River and another in South Asheville. Serving baby back ribs, pulled pork, beef brisket, and more. Everything is smoked in house and all sides and desserts are made from scratch. 5 Riverside Drive, Asheville NC 28801 (River Restaurant: 828-253-4499) and 3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden NC 28704 (South Restaurant: 828-687-1395). Serving lunch Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Buxton Hall BBQ (South Slope): Great all-wood, whole hog BBQ located in the historic old Standard Paper Sales Company building that once served as a wood-floored roller rink in the 1930s, a boat show room and auto shops before that.  32 Banks Ave, Asheville, NC, 28801, 828-232-7216. Open Daily:  11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., 5:30 to 10 p.m. 

Creekside Taphouse  (East Asheville -Tunnel Road Area: Authentic BBQ smoked daily. The Creekside Taphouse features a family atmosphere, friendly staff and ample parking. Large outdoor patio overlooking a small creek, full bar with over 20 artisan craft beers on tap. 8 Beverly Road, Asheville NC 28805, 828-575-2880. Open 7 days a week, Monday through Thursday11:30 a.m. to 1:00 a.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 a.m., Sunday 12:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m.


Little Pigs BBQ (Downtown): An institution in Asheville for more than 35 years. If it’s BBQ you want, this is the one of the places! 384 McDowell St. Asheville NC 28802, 828-254-4253. Open 10:30 a.m.-8:30 p.m.; closed Sunday.

Luella's Bar-B-Que (Merrimon Avenue): Expertly prepared smoked meats and fresh sides, all made from scratch. Live music every Friday evening at 8:00. 501 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC  28804, 828-505-7427.  Open 7 days a week.

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Calypso (Downtown): Authentic St. Lucian cuisine in a casual island atmopshere.18 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801. 828-575-9494. Monday-Saturday 2:00-9:00 p.m.

Nine Mile (Montford District):  Cozy casual full-service vegetarian-friendly restaurant and bar. Cuisine consists of Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes and an array of locally made deserts. 233 Montford Avenue, Asheville NC 28801. 828-505-3121. Monday - Sunday 11;30 a.m. .-10 p.m.

Salsa's (Downtown): Wonderful blend of Cuban-Caribbean and Mexican cuisine. Innovative and distinctive food that includes such dishes as trout tacos and Mandingo burritos. 6 Patton Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-9805. Monday-Thursday 5-9:30 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.


Bouchon French Bistro (Downtown): Superb restaurant offering authentic French "comfort food" (honest ingredients, in season, simply prepared, unpretentiously presented). Wonderful ambiance. 62 North Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-350-1140.  Dinner starting at 5 p.m. Seven days a week; Street Food, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday. No reservations. Be prepared for a long wait -sometimes as much as 2 hours depending on day of the week.

Fig Bistro  (Biltmore Village):  Fig is a cozy bistro serving Chef William Klein’s modern interpretation of classic, pure, and market-driven French cuisine. Menu changes regularly so they can offer fresh and local ingredients.  18 Brook St., Asheville NC  28803, 828-277-0889. Lunch: Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Saturday 5-10 p.m.., Sunday 5-10 p.m.


Bavarian Restaurant & Biergarten (North Asheville): Authentic German Bavarian restaurant in the mountains with over 30 Bavarian specialties prepared by our certified German Master Chef for over 50 years. Inside and outside seating. 332 Weaverville Highway, Asheville NC 28804, 828-645-8383. Tuesday through Friday 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Apollo Flame Bistro & Pizza (South Asheville): Award winning restaurant serving Greek and Mediterranean specialties. 485 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC 28803, 828-274-3582. Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe (East Asheville & South Asheville): Offering three separate menus of diverse and innovative dishes, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean region of Greece and Italy. Pomodoros East: 1070 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28801, 828-299-3032; Pomodoros South: 75 Long Shoals Road, Asheville NC 28704, 828-687-3884. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.


Chai-Pani (Downtown): Indian street food,  with signature dishes of chaat, quick snacks served by  street vendors in India. 22 Battery Park Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-4003

Mela Indian Restaurant (Downtown): Authentic North and South Indian dishes. 70 N. Lexington Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-225-8880. Open 7 days a week, Lunch buffet: 11:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m., Dinner: 5:30-9:30 p.m. or later.


Jack of the Wood (Downtown): An extremely popular Celtic Pub that also serves up Irish dishes! Live music, outdoor seating in season and home grown "Green Man" ales. 95 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-5445.

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Carrabba's Italian Grill (Tunnel Road Area): Classic Italian cuisine offered by national chain restaurant. 10 Buckstone Place, Asheville NC 28805, 828-281-2300. Open 7 days a week.

Cucina 24 (Downtown): Cozy loft-inspired restaurant located on Wall Street. At Cucina 24 you will find a brick oven alongside an inviting bar, and honest interpretations of classic Italian cuisine. 24 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801`, 828-254-6170.

Iannucci's Pizzeria and Italian Restaurant (South Asheville): Iannucci's is a family-owned and operated authentic Italian pizzeria and restaurant. Iannucci's has been serving the south Asheville area for 25 years. 1981 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28803, 828-684-5050. Monday thru Friday 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Pomodoros Greek & Italian Cafe (East Asheville & South Asheville): Offering three separate menus of diverse and innovative dishes, drawing inspiration from the Mediterranean region of Greece and Italy. Pomodoros East: 1070 Tunnel Road, Asheville NC 28801, 828-299-3032; Pomodoros South: 75 Long Shoals Road, Asheville NC 28704, 828-687-3884. Monday through Thursday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Friday 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Strada (Downtown): Authentic Italian fare representing all regions of Italy including many of owner Chef Anthony Cerrato’s traditional family recipes. 27 Broadway St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-348-8448.  Tuesday-Sunday 11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., 4:00 -9:30 p.m. Closed Monday.

Travinia Italian Kitchen & Wine Bar: (Biltmore Park) Since 2002, Travinia Italian Kitchen has been serving fresh and Contemporary American Italian cuisine to the upstate and beyond. Biltmore Park Town Square, 264 Thetford Street, Asheville, NC 28803;  828-684-8060. Monday through Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m., Friday & Saturday 11:30 a.m. - 11:00 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Vinnie's Italian Neighborhood (North Asheville): Classic pasta, pizza and more. Great atmosphere. 641 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28804. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday 5:00 -9:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:00 -10:00 p.m.

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Curate (Downtown): Spanish Tapas, Traditional Spanish tapas bar and menu, from jamón Ibérico to croquetas de pollo to flan with caramel sauce. 11 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC, 828-239-2946. Lunch, Dinner and Brunch: Tuesday-Thursday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m., Sunday 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m.,Monday closed.

Jerusalem Garden Cafe (Downtown): Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisine at its best. And belly dancing with live music every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night. 78 Patton Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-254-0255.  Lunch, dinner and Sunday Brunch. Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Friday 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Rezaz Restaurant (Biltmore Village): Eclectic Mediterranean cuisine in sleek, contemporary setting. Located in historic building, modern minimalist setting. 28 Hendersonville Rd., Asheville NC 28803, 828-277-1510. Lunch: Monday-Saturday: 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner: Monday-Friday 5:30 -9 p.m., Saturday 5- 10 p.m.

Stoney Knob Cafe (North Asheville):  Unique restaurant offering cuisine from near and far, with an eclectic menu including American contemporary, Greek, Asian and European dishes with fantastic hors d'oeuvres and southern comfort foods. 337 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28787, 828-645-3309. Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Saturday 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Sunday brunch 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Zambra (Downtown): Spanish, Portuguese and Moroccan cuisine served in an exotic romantic setting. Like taking a trip to Spain for dinner. Tapas bar and restaurant. Not to be missed. 85 Walnut St., Asheville NC, 828-232-1060. Dinner: Monday-Thursday 5:30-9 p.m.; Friday-Saturday 5:00-until.; Sun 5:30-9 p.m. Lounge service menu starts an hour earlier.



Limone's (Downtown): Mexican and Californian cuisine along with inventive bar selections. Traditional dishes enlivened with a modern sensibility. 13 Eagle Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-2327. Monday through Saturday 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Mamacita's (Downtown): Mamacita's serves up fresh, made from scratch Mexican cuisine in a casual downtown location. Specializes in hand-crafted burritos, huge fresh salads, quesadillas, Baja-style fish tacos and a number of vegetarian options. 77 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-8090. Open 7 days a week, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Urban Burrito (North and East Asheville): Wide selection of California-style burritos, as well as great salsas. Voted best burritos of WNC.  640 Merrimon Ave., #303, Asheville NC 28804  (828-251‑1921). Monday-Saturday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sunday noon-10 p.m.

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Biscuit Head (West Asheville & Downtown): Acclaimed authentic southern cooking, locally sourced, in a casual atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor seating. Two locations: 733 Haywood Rd. Asheville, NC 28806, 828-333-5145 and 417 Biltmore Ave, Ste 4F, Asheville, NC, 28801, 828-505-3449.

Early Girl Eatery  Early Girl Eatery (Downtown & West Asheville): Located in two locations, the Early Girl Eatery offers healthy, made-from-scratch cuisine with a regional emphasis. 8 Wall Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-259-9292; 444 Haywood Rd #101, Asheville, NC 28806, 828-820-2323

Homegrown (North Asheville): Local eatery, serving local food cooked by local people! Emphasis is on food grown in the mountains, with an eclectic menu. 371 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville NC 28801, 828-232-4340. Open 7 days a week from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Mayfel's (Downtown): Mayfel's offers Louisiana inspired and Deep South cooking made from scratch, with a focus on using local produce. Colorful decor and outdoor seating in season. 22 College Street, Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-8840. Monday, 10 a.m.- 3 p.m., Thursday & Friday 10 a.m. -3 p.m., 5 -10 p.m., Saturday- Sunday 9 a.m. -3 p.m., 5 -10 p.m.

Pisgah View Ranch (Candler): About 45 minutes south of Asheville in Candler and off the beaten path, this restaurant is famous for its wonderful home cooking and generous portions. Fried chicken, country ham and tables full of side dishes. This is Southern country dining at its best. Davis Creek Rd., Candler  NC 28715, 828-6767-9100, 866-252-8361. Reservations. Seating for dinner at 5:30 and 7:15 p.m. Open May through October.

Tupelo Honey Cafe (Downtown & South Asheville): Elegant southern cuisine with an uptown twist. The Tupelo Honey Cafe has an upscale, yet casual environment with touches of an authentic Charleston/New Orleans style. Two locations: 2 College St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-255-4863 and 1829 Hendersonville Road, Asheville NC 28704, 828-505-7676. Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday-Sunday 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; Dinner" Tuesday-Thursday 5:30 -10 p.m., Friday-Saturday 5:30 -11:00 p.m.


Rosetta’s Kitchen (Downtown): A fun, eclectic cafe serving vegan and vegetarian home cooking. Eclectic menu featuring local, organic fare. Wholesome global comfort food for the entire family.116 Lexington Ave., Asheville NC 28801, 828-232-0738. Monday through Thursday 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.; Sunday brunch 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. with live music.

The Laughing Seed (Downtown): Great vegetarian restaurant. Casual atmosphere and sumptuous vegetarian delicacies! 40 Wall St., Asheville NC 28801, 828-252-3445. Monday-Saturday 11:30 a.m.-9 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-8 p.m.



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