One of Asheville’s most lauded and popular draws is its cuisine! With restaurants that offer an endless variety of options, of all cuisines and dietary restrictions, it’s worth the visit just for the delicious food. Read on to learn about some of Asheville’s tastiest staples.
The Market Place
A national staple for American farm-to-table fare, you’ll fall in love with The Market Place’s contemporary charm as soon as you walk in. With local ingredients complemented by some of the finest foodstuffs internationally, the menus are crafted seasonally based on time of year and what’s most fresh from local farms. Right now, you can enjoy unique cuisine like Carolina gold rice risotto, ricotta and goat cheese tortellini, and pan-roasted quail. For dessert, you’ll enjoy the saffron & wildflower honey crème brûlée or dark chocolate & dulce de leche cake.
Their craft cocktails are on par with their ingenious menu, like their Limoncello Real, which combines their house made limoncello with prosecco for a puckeringly classy treat. You can even enjoy live music on every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday… so grab a signature cocktail and enjoy!
Classy, quirky, and comforting, Sovereign Remedies will do their best to treat whatever ails you with their awe-inspiring cocktails and inventive food. Slightly more budget-friendly than most of the restaurants listed in this guide, this place is a whimsical spot for anyone and incites romance for couples. With the liquor bottle setup resembling an old-school pharmacy, you’ll love your twisted classics like the Negroni with Beefeater, Campari, Dolin Rouge, and orange oil, or be amazed by a Sovereign Remedy original, like the My Baby Blue with Espolon Anejo, Amaro Montenegro, lemon, blueberry, black pepper, and salt.
The food is just as great as the cocktails, with unique munchie mixes like bone marrow tater tots, chickpea fries, and chicken skin chips. Featuring cuisine for any time of day, you’ll come out of there ready to tell everyone about your new favorite pharmacy.
Cúrate is an Asheville staple that brings you into the hip world of modern Spanish tapas. The restaurant, formerly purposed as a bus station built in 1929, had local artists help craft it into what the establishment artfully boasts today. With innovative, exquisite dishes that will put Cúrate at the top of your “Mediterranean food” mental chart, you’ll truly feel the “cure yourself” nature of the restaurant when you dine in – which is what the restaurant’s name translates to in English!
This spot is one of the most celebrated culinary achievements in Asheville, and your taste buds will be sent on a journey between the paella, cured meats, Spanish cheeses, desserts, and of course, cocktails. So, make sure to put it at the top of your visit list!
12 Bones Smokehouse
Tourists from all over, nationally and internationally, flock to North Carolina for its famously delicious barbecue. Why not have your baby back ribs and eat them too by visiting the very best barbecue stop in Asheville?
One of former President Obama’s favorites, there are two convenient locations to spread the smoke and the crowd. From light to hearty, you’ll find a choice for you. Enjoy your meat doused in the unique Southern twist of Cheerwine or blackberry chipotle sauce or stick with lighter fare like one of their specialty salads. Vegans rejoice, too; their portobello and fried green tomato M.L.T. is sure to hit the spot.
Settled in The Biltmore Estate, Deerpark Restaurant’s fine southern dining reflects everything that its lavish parent does. With prepared-to-order specialties, classic favorites, and perhaps one of America’s grandest buffet brunches, you’ll love the floor-to-ceiling windows on the inside and the sprawling courtyard on the outside. Those with dietary restrictions will find a happy home here as well, with many vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free options. Deekpark’s dessert menu is especially fitting this season, with their signature fall favorites, pumpkin spice latte cake and caramel apple. You’ll definitely want to stop in even if only to be able to say, “I dined at the Biltmore!”