Where to Eat in Asheville, NC

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I’ve been given the opportunity to participate in an amazing link-up led by Tiffani of Not Your Average Southern Belle (you can visit her blog by taking a look at my “Daily Reads” page).

In August 2014, I packed up my bags and moved to Asheville, NC to go to UNC Asheville. I was barely 18, terrified, and immediately homesick. Although I ended up transferring to a university closer to home for some personal reasons, the city of Asheville will always hold a huge and special place in my heart.

So: you’re gonna go to Asheville?

Great! You won’t regret it. Let’s start first by covering some places to eat, and stay tuned next week for some of my favorite things to do.


 1. WHITE DUCK TACO.

PRICE: $/$$ 

LOCATION: River Arts District

WAIT TIME: Sometimes the line is long, but it moves fast.

OUTSIDE SEATING: Yes

PETS ALLOWED: Yes

WHAT I GET: Buffalo Chicken Taco and Steak and Cheese Taco with chips and queso and lemonade

PERFECT FOR: A date before a hike. Or just a cool date.

WHAT TO WEAR: Anything!

I’ve already posted about White Duck but let me just say again how important it is to me that you go there. White Tuck Taco Shop is located in the RAD – River Arts District –  of Asheville and there is also a second location downtown (a third shop is located in South Carolina, FYI).

A bit hard to find in the RAD, it’s located in a bright pink building with HATCHERY spread across the top. It’s also across from a gym. There’s graffiti scattered along the sides of the property, which makes for super cool pictures. You’ll know White Duck when you see it. Crowded, lots of outside seating, and a huge gravel parking lot next to a large tower. The wait isn’t long for the tacos or the chips and queso, the perfect side dish. You can even get a margarita, some sangria, Cheerwine, or a local beer! The atmosphere is busy but pleasant, happy, exciting, and overwhelming. There is always something to look at, whether it’s the eccentric decor or the crazy tattoos gracing the arms of your waiter or cashier, and lots of outside seating lets you enjoy a day in the RAD. This place also functions as a super cool and casual date spot. When I lived in Asheville, S and I went there every time he drove up to visit. Tacos are $3.50 each.

2. Biscuit Head

PRICE: $$

LOCATION: West Asheville

WAIT TIME: Long. Always. But for a really freakin’ good reason. 

OUTSIDE SEATING: Not sure (I went when it was cold outside)

PETS ALLOWED: Not sure

WHAT I GET: Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit with black-eyed peas and mimosa butter with fresh lemonade

PERFECT FOR: Breakfast and catching up with a friend, if you’re craving Southern cooking, and if you want to try something new

WHAT TO WEAR: Anything!

Yet another cool and different date place, Biscuit Head is located in West Asheville and serves – yep, you guessed it – biscuits that are as big as your HEAD! Well, maybe not that big, but the restaurant claims their biscuits are definitely the size of a cat’s head. The atmosphere is very welcoming, very friendly, and very southern. The boyfriend’s favorite is the Mimosa Fried Chicken Biscuit (pictured to your right). After you order your food, there’s a huge butter and jam bar. Monkey butter, fruit punch jam, strawberry jam, mimosa butter…the list goes on and on. As for drinks, there’s freshly squeezed lemonade and orange juice, coffee, smoothies, and more.

 

3. Chai Pani

PRICE: $$$

LOCATION: Battery Park Ave. (downtown)

WAIT TIME: Not long.

OUTSIDE SEATING: Not sure (I went when it was cold outside)

PETS ALLOWED: No

WHAT I GET: Matchstick Okra Fries as an appetizer and Bhei Puri

PERFECT FOR: A night downtown with friends and if you want to try something new

WHAT TO WEAR: Maybe something on the dressy side, like a nice dress or a pretty shirt.

Chai Pani is definitely one of the most unique restaurants I’ve ever been to. You should allow yourself a lot of time when eating here, because the menu has things you’ve never heard of and the waitress is prepared to tell you everything she knows about each dish. This was such a cool place to go when I was out downtown with friends. Here’s a little blurb from their website: “We buy fresh produce daily from local purveyors and try to source from local farms when practical. We use all natural and sustainably raised chicken, and our meats and dairy are all natural, and antibiotic & hormone free. We cook in pure trans-fat free canola oil or ghee (clarified butter) and there’s no artificial flavors or ingredients in anything – ever. We import the highest quality specialty items from India, roast and grind our own spice blends, and we make all our chutneys and sauces in-house. We are members of ASAP (Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project) and support and respect our local farmers.” …sounds great, doesn’t it?

Thalis, pt. 2 Julienned “okra fries” tossed with lime, salt & seasoning.

4. Farm Burger

PRICE: $$/$$$

LOCATION: Downtown

WAIT TIME: Not long.

OUTSIDE SEATING: Yes

PETS ALLOWED: Not sure

WHAT I GET: A cheeseburger with pickles and american cheese with a side of fries

PERFECT FOR: Families, a date, or dinner downtown with friends.

WHAT TO WEAR: Anything!

Farm Burger, ya’ll. It’s great. Who knew a place that serves burgers and fries could make you feel healthy? They take pride in their “Farm to Fork” policy, and you can read all about that while you’re waiting in line. The atmosphere is friendly and eccentric, with picnic table seating perfect for big groups and families, bar stool seating, and a bocce ball court on the far right. When S and I went for dinner one night, we were able to score a little semi-private alcove off to the side of the restaurant and it was super nice. It made a loud and fun place to eat feel very romantic! Since I didn’t take any pictures while we were there, here are a few from the Yelp review page (repeat: I do not own these photos):

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Well ya’ll, those are my favorite places to eat in Asheville, NC! Check back next week for things to do. And don’t forget to read about other cities by taking a look at the blogs below:

Tiffani from Not Your Average Southern Belle, Calee from Becoming O’Connell, Lisa from Strum Simmer Sip, Julia from A Southern Heart, Kathrynne from Positivity in Life, and Kristie from Venga, Vale, Vamos!

Don’t hesitate to ask me about Asheville, NC. I’d be happy to help!

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  • Yummmmmm. All of these look so delicious! It’s so fun checking out the other bloggers in this link-up and seeing the unique ways everyone is writing about their favorites. If I ever do make it to Asheville, I will definitely be coming back to you for recs! xo Lisa
    http://www.strumsimmersip.com

  • MMMM This all looks so good! I drove through Asheville last year, I should have stopped! Great picks!
    xoxo

  • I will definitely trying out Biscuit Head next time that I’m in Asheville! My favorite place to eat there is The Corner Kitchen. It’s right by the shops that I like, and I’ve always had such a great experience!

    XX, SS || A Little Seersucker Sass

    • swraex@gmail.com

      I’ve never been to The Corner Kitchen!! I’ll definitely give it a try when I’m back for a visit.

  • ktm

    I know a few people who go to UNC Asheville, and I’ve heard the food in town is great! Looks so yummy

    Pick Your Beau

  • This is an amazing guide! I might be moving up there after graduation so very good to know!
    xoxoxo
    Lauren Ashley
    http://www.thefashionistasdiary.com

  • These dishes look amazing.
    I am all about food and if I ever visit Asheville, now I know where to go.

    xoxo, Jenny || Breakfast at Lillys

  • I’ve added Farm Burger to my list of Must-Try burgers in America. I Must Try IT!

  • Oh my goodness. Looks like I’ll be heading to North Carolina soon to check out some of these delicious places! I love seeing so many other restaurants that take part in farm to table practices!

    Thanks for sharing your favorites 🙂

  • Do you know that I’m ending my third year of going to school down here in NC and I’ve still NEVER been to Asheville?! Appalling right! I’ve only driven through it one on the way to Gatlinburg, TN. Haha. I’m determined to visit sometime next fall thought to see some pretty foliage, and this is a great restaurant guide that I know I’ll come back to!

    xoxo A
    www,southernbelleintraining.com

  • This is so great! I lived in South Carolina for a few years, and my family still lives there so I visit, but I’ve never been to North Carolina. If I ever go, I’m definitely going to have to make a stop to Asheville to sample this cuisine.

  • Ooh, these sound interesting, particularly Chai Pani!

  • My mouth is officially watering! If I ever get to Asheville I will have to search out all of these places 🙂

  • Great tips – everything looks delicious!
    April xx

    http://aprilrosepengilly.blogspot.com

  • The Farm Burger restaurant looks awesome. I am always down for a good hamburger. I wish my city had cool restaurants too!

  • The Farm Burger restaurant looks awesome. I am always down for a good hamburger. I wish my city had cool restaurants too!

  • Oh man you’re making me hungry! Those tacos and biscuits look amazing!