Asheville is certainly known for its beer, but visitors might be surprised to know what a thriving food scene the North Carolina city has. My favorite Asheville meals are more healthy spins on Southern favorites. If you’re going to spend a long weekend in the city, you’ll want to make sure to try out many of these restaurants.
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Jerk Chicken Taco, White Duck Taco Shop– All of the tacos at this small River Arts District restaurant are delicious and each has something unique to offer. The menu has vegetarian options and proteins like spicy shrimp, buffalo chicken, fish and even duck, among others. They also serve vintage bottled sodas, draft beer and margaritas.
Mighty Good Breakfast, Sunny Point Cafe– Driving past this West Asheville restaurant, you will see people waiting for a table from the moment they open until closing time. And while you will almost certainly have to wait yourself, your meal will be well worth it. Try the Mighty Good Breakfast, with all your morning favorites, or any of the breakfast items like French Toast or Huevos Rancheros.
Don’t Be a Jerk Burrito, Lucky Otter– As the second location of one of my favorite restaurants in nearby Boone, Lucky Otter has a similar flair as White Duck, but focuses on burritos. Choose your protein of chicken, tilapia or tofu and it includes cheese, black beans, rice, grilled pineapple, jicama and homemade jerk sauce. Enjoy your burrito with a craft beer selection or a margarita.
Breakfast Sandwich, Over Easy Cafe– Asheville has many great brunch spots and Over Easy downtown is no different. There isn’t a lot of seating, but you can grab one of their delicious juices or smoothies while you wait. Vegan and vegetarian dishes are their specialty, as is the use of organic ingredients. I enjoyed a breakfast sandwich, complete with bacon and egg.
Country Breakfast, Tupelo Honey Cafe– Perhaps no restaurant is more well known in Asheville than Tupelo Honey, which now has dozens of locations throughout North Carolina and Tennessee. This dish allows you to choose how you like your eggs and what sides you’d like included, which can be full Southern like sausage or healthier alternatives like “soysage” and sliced tomatoes.