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Jun 20, 2008 03:01 PM

Asheville NC in October - Diners & Dives


Hubby and I will be celebrating our 25th anniversary this October with a trip to Asheville to see the Biltmore. Already found a great little cabin to stay at and am now looking for other things to see and places to eat, of course!. I'm a big fan of Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives" show, so that's the kind of places I'm looking for.

Also, what else would you locals recommend we go see and do? I love funky stores and shopping, art galleries, etc. Hubby's into golf, art and music. Open to any suggestions.



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  1. If you enjoy funky stores, then plan to visit Screen Door for sure. It's close to the Biltmore House so it should be easy to find. When leaving the Biltmore Estate go straight through the next two traffic lights and turn left at the next road, which is Fairview Road. Cross the tracks and bearing right, go up the hill. Screen Door will be on the right about halfway or so up the hill.

    Hopefully their new website will be up before your visit. Here's their current offering, though no real information is there.

    Here are some reviews:

    I'll let someone else handle the food portion of your question.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Leepa

      Try a search, too. There are tons of posts on Asheville on this board with a lot of good recs. You will enjoy walking around downtown, lots of restaurants, shops, galleries and good people-watching.

      1. re: miss piggy

        The Med downtown would fit the theme of this thread.Other than that, nothing downtown would be considered a Diner

    2. you should post on tripadvisor for questions about things to do/see.
      As far as local cheap but good eats....
      French Broad Taqueria - about 30 minutes away in Marshall - fresh and tasty tacos - beer and wine
      Barley's Pizza and Taproom - pizza and local beer
      Mike's in Weaverville -10 minutes away - burgers and wings w/ local beer on tap
      5 points - Asheville - famous for breakfast/lunch - big servings - simple food - owned by a Greek family who owns several other local restaurants
      Ali Baba - Grove Arcade in Asheville - pay by the pound for Greek/Turkish food
      Rosetta's Kitchen - downtown - vegetarian
      Moose Cafe - big breakfast, big biscuits, big burgers - otherwise nothing special - just outside of town near the Farmer's Market
      Urban Burrito - several locations - fast fresh Mexican-style
      Nona Mia - Patton Ave - just outside of downtown - Italian - big helpings - great bread
      Burgermeister - W. Asheville - burgers etc and beers

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      1. re: leahinsc

        My apologies, Leah, for trying to answer the non-food part of her post. I should have known better than to do that here.

      2. Ya know, I'm thinking that Spirits on the River would qualify in your diners and dives category. I just happened on an episode on Food Network and it was the first place that came to mind. It's nothing like a diner though. More dive-ish. But it's uniquely Asheville, that's for sure.