A Foodie’s Guide to the Asheville Culinary Scene

Eat Your Heart Out, Asheville

Dubbed “foodtopia” by the local foodies, Asheville’s food scene will take you from day to night and around the world without ever leaving the city.    

Breakfast or Brunch

Sunny Point Café

This family-owned cafe and patio serves all-day comfort food with fresh produce from their onsite garden. Try their breakfast bennys or carrot hotcakes for a true Asheville breakfast or brunch. 

Early Girl Eatery

Doing farm-to-table before it was cool, Early Girl Eatery offers all your classic diner staples with fresh, local, organic ingredients. Go in for their chicken and waffles, perfect for any meal of the day.

The Med

Asheville’s OG diner has been serving creative takes on classic breakfast and lunch plates since 1969.

Cozy up to a Pisgah Bowl made with pulled pork, pico, and a sunny-side-up egg or their iconic fried chicken sandwich served sweet or spicy.


White Duck Taco Shop (pick one of three locations)

Take your tastebuds on a trip at this colorful outpost of Asheville’s adored taqueria mini-chain serving up an ever changing menu of tacos, including lump crab, lamb gyro, and more.

Mountain Madre

Mezcal meets the mountains at this kitchen and agave bar featuring flavorful renditions of Mexican favorites like carne asada, street tacos, and chorizo stuffed everything, plus the largest selection of tequila and mezcal in Asheville.


For a slice of history and open-air seating, Carmels is the spot. Located in the Grove Arcade, savor classic Southern cuisine with Asheville roots at downtown Asheville’s largest outdoor dining patio.


Asheville Proper

A feast for the senses, this Classic American Steakhouse puts its cuts on full display with a live-fire dining experience featuring mouthwatering porterhouse steaks, flat irons, New York strips, and plates of charred and smoked dishes made for sharing.


Made for the romantics and oenophiles, Jargon’s intimate heated courtyard setting and award-winning wine list set the mood for an evening of good conversation over imaginative American fare.


With a name translating to “cure yourself” in Spanish, Cúrate is a celebration of authentic Spanish cuisine featuring a bodega, a Spanish market, a wine bar, and its flagship restaurant serving authentic jamón Ibérico, vermuterías, and lively tapas culture.