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Mar 25, 2011 03:54 PM

Must-Have Asheville Reservations?


My husband and I will be in Asheville for the first time from dinner April 1 - lunch April 3. I have read all the posts I can find, but I must say, I am a bit overwhelmed! It would seem that there is a lot of good food there!

So...what are the must-have reservations? Even better...what would be the ideal "meal itinerary" for 3 days in Asheville?


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  1. I meant to add that I do have a Friday night reservation at The Admiral. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

    5 Replies
    1. re: stacystacy13

      Breakfast (or lunch, or dinner - but especially breakfast) at Sunny Point!

      1. re: stacystacy13

        You done good, Stacy. The Admiral is the best restaurant in Asheville and is not super expensive. What other types of cuisine do you and hubby like?

        1. re: Jeff C.

          Thanks, Jeff. We really like everything, but especially enjoy sleuthing out local, farmstead restaurants, ethnic, and hole in the wall type places. Plus, I am vegetarian-leaning-vegan.


          1. re: stacystacy13

            Good to know. You'll have plenty of good options:
            1. I second jbyoga's Sunny Point recommendation. (Best Huevos Rancheros I've had.)
            2. The Laughing Seed on Wall St. downtown has innovative and affordable vegan/vegetarian. (Even non-vegetarians like it.)
            3. A good lunch option is the pan-Asian cuisine at Doc Chey's on Biltmore Ave. Nothing fancy, but fresh and fun.
            4. For drinks and/or snacks, you might try either Sazarec on Broadway or the more expensive but still worthy tapas bar Curate.
            5. Finally, if you are chocoholics, I'd definitely seek out Chocolate Fetish on Haywood for truffles or The French Broad Chocolate Lounge on S. Lexington for other chocolately goodness.

            Also, Asheville recently tied with Portland, OR, for the title of "Beer City U.S.A.," so be sure to try beer from one of our many local brewies. (Some good ones to look for: Highland, Wedge, Pisgah, Green Man, Asheville Brewing Company, and French Broad.)

            1. re: Jeff C.

              Asheville is one our favorite cities to visit because of all the great restaurants. We agree that Admiral has the best food in Asheville, we were blown away when we were there last October. If you like indian food, I would check out Mela on Lexington Ave, vegetarian - Laughing Seed (also an alternative for breakfast); Tupelo Honey Cafe, and Rezaz Mediterranian. We have not been impressed with the food at Grove Park Inn.

              Tupelo Honey Cafe
              12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

              Laughing Seed Cafe
              40 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

      2. I am a fan of ZAMBRAS. I won't drive that far again (60 miles) again unless I can eat there. You won't go wrong IF you are a foodie/ chow hound.

        Zambra Spanish Wine Tapas & Cuisine
        85 W. Walnut Street, Asheville, NC 28801

        1. I always enjoy Rezaz for dinner. The Southern on Lexington, sounds promising. They have one of the best patios in Asheville. If you're up for a short drive one of the coolest new bars is the Bywater on River road.

          You could get lunch at 12 Bones, have a craft beer on the river and play horseshoes at Bywater, then finish up downtown on the patio at The Southern and see where you go from there. Now that's my kind of day.

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          1. re: rbrower

            We've actually had drinks and appetizers at Zambra, dinner at Limone's and dessert at the French Broad Chocolate Lounge and it was way fun and very delicious. Also a great food day would be lunch at Mela, shopping/galleries/sightseeing, wine and a snack at Sante, and dinner at Table, the Southern or a number of other really good choices downtown and dessert at the French Broad CL. Have a good trip.

            13 Eagle St, Asheville, NC 28801

            1 Page Ave, Asheville, NC 28801

            French Broad Cafe
            French Broad Pl, Brevard, NC 28712

            French Broad Chocolate Lounge
            Asheville, Asheville, NC

            1. re: rbrower

              I didn't know about Bywater. Interesting. Their site says they are a private club? Do you know how much it costs to join or how does that work?

              1. re: Scirocco

                5 bucks for a membership, or a member can sign you in. You can even bring your own food and grill out.