Choose from grilled salmon, steak and the like, and you’ll also get a spring roll, California roll, dumpling, seaweed salad and rice. Don’t park in the private lot behind the restaurant, because you may be towed. Roast beef sandwich? #eatingasheville. 57 College St. Dishes at at Red Ginger Dim Sum and Tapas include a Yuzu Sake Drop martini, smoked duck breast, Shanghai-style pork dumplings, black truffle Shu Mai, grilled Chilean sea bass, pan fried vegetable dumplings, and Szechuan-style grilled mountain trout. With appetizers, drinks or wine, entrees and desserts, plus tax and tip, you’re going to spend close to $100 per person. and Sun. Moderate to Expensive. Universal Joint (West Asheville) $9-$12 with fries, Sovereign Remedies, double-patty smashburger, $13 with chips, available only after 10 pm except on Mondays when it's available at dinner, Chestnut (Downtown) $11 with fries, available lunch only, Haywood Common (West Asheville) $12 with fries, Sunny Point (West Asheville) $11-$14 with fries, Wicked Weed (Downtown) $9-$14 with fries, bison burger $13 with fries, Five Guys (South and North Asheville) $6-$8 with fries, Smoky Park Supper Club (North) $14 with fries, Early Girl (Downtown and West Asheville) $12 with fries, Blackbird 47 Biltmore Ave., 828-254-2502,; New Southern, lunch and dinner daily (brunch Sun.) It's getting regional and national press, and the chef-owner, John Fleer, is a regular on the James Beard lists. 1 Biltmore Ave., Downtown Asheville, 828-505-3969, ; New American, dinner Tue.-Sun., brunch Sat. For a dollar more, you can get the classic banh mi, or the Aloha with pork loaf, sliced ham, pate and all the classic accoutrements. We bonused up the meal a little with our own cornbread and baked beans. The cast of “Wait Wait ... Don’t Tell Me” NPR show had dinner here, trying the rabbit meatloaf. Besides running a popular café and catering business for more than 20 years, Masterton was the author or co-author of several cookbooks. Make a reservation online or at 828-575-2667. At 116 N. Lexington Ave. Gourmet Chip Company: All of the sandwiches here are under $10, and as a bonus come with house-made chips. You could easily make a meal of this, a bargain at $11.50. Street parking on Lexington Avenue is free after 6 p.m. and there’s a small “honor” lot next to Downtown Books and News across the street from Bouchon. Revisit: Barbecue still good, but Buxton Hall has cut its sides size by about half, while keeping prices the same. While we like the idea of grassfed beef, as apparently do a lot of diners in Asheville, to our taste a little corn-fed fat goes a long way in making burgers tasty. Linton Hopkins, now executive chef for Delta Airlines’ Delta One (first/business class) food service and the owner of several restaurants in Atlanta, is trying to duplicate the success of the famed burger with his Hop’s skillet-fried chicken, also served at the new Asheville location. Chef Steve Goff won "NC Chef of the Year" at the North Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association’s Chef Showdown in Durham in September 2019. The former MG Roadhouse downstairs now serves as Chai Pani's bar. The dining room has pressed tin ceiling and exposed ducts, and the service level is just right, not too little, not too much. There’s a selection of "medium plates" that double as appetizers, priced at $9-$18, a few salads and soups and some "large plates" that range from $16 or $18 to around $38. Here are the 10 best restaurants in Asheville. Bottom line:  Pretty good service, pretty good food, reasonably priced drinks, a lot of food, but nothing memorable. Choose from award-winning Asheville restaurants with James Beard Award-nominated chefs or opt for more casual dining options, including classic American cuisine, global bites, Southern comfort food, and more, with vegan and gluten-free options. There are sandwiches and wraps, but try the platters, served with creamy hummus drizzled with good olive oil, and chopped salad with tahini. The fries, however, were excellent, and the serving was very large. Atlanta’s popular Farm Burger opened an outpost in Asheville in spring 2013. Order Food Online. Salsa’s latest expansion is a new coffee and cocktail bar, Bomba. There’s a nice selection of cocktails and wines. In addition, there are small and large plates, with choices like octopus with inked rice and lamb steak with raw and charred vegetables. in West Asheville opened in 2018, and another location is on Merrimon Avenue. Haywood Common (West Asheville) $12 with fries, 10. Best Dining in Downtown Asheville, North Carolina Mountains: See 140,647 Tripadvisor traveller reviews of 739 Asheville restaurants and search by cuisine, price, location, and more. Aux Bar 68 N. Lexington Ave., Downtown Asheville, 828-575-2723,; Eclectic Southern, open daily for lunch and dinner. It can be a bit noisy. Handcut fries are an extra $1.95-$2.75 with the burger. Most ingredients are local. You’ll have to go back and try more, more, more of the authentic Spanish tapas. We need to go there more often! Dinner for two with drinks and a gaggle of tapas came to around $85 before our usual generous tip. Some of the dishes on the menu are from the mountains, but a number, including the fish cake and gumbo s'herbes appetizers and the oxtail and cream peas entrée are Low Country in origin, far from the Appalachians. The Soda Fountain at Woolworth Walk: Downtown workers also know and love this spot for a cheap lunch. (22 College St., Downtown Asheville, 828-252-8840. ;  New Orleans dishes, open for brunch, lunch and dinner Thu.-Mon. ; Various Cuisines, lunch Mon.-Fri. and sometimes other times Very Inexpensive to Inexpensive, a few Moderate. The hits for us were the Shanghai pork dumplings ($6), the green mushroom dumplings ($6), the steamed BBQ pork buns ($7) and the fried potstickers ($6). ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------, LONGTIME ASHEVILLE, CHEF, CATERER, ACTIVIST AND. Moderate. Chestnut has become one of our "go-to" restaurants Downtown. The best restaurants in Asheville go far beyond classic Southern comfort gems. See reviews, photos, directions, phone numbers and more for the best American Restaurants in Asheville, NC. Inexpensive to Moderate. For over 20-years, ‘Asheville's original vegetarian restaurant,' The Laughing Seed has been serving the highest quality, organic, local farm-to-table cuisine. Burgerworx: Also in the Grove Arcade is Burgerworx, a great source for a smash-style burger. At 87 N. Lexington Ave. Aloha Cafe: This new restaurant has poke bowls and spring rolls, but the best value can be found in the banh mi sandwiches. About 80% of the menu stays the same every day, though seasonal and special dishes are added. 172 S. Charlotte St., Downtown Asheville, 828-974-3868, ; Pizza, Lunch and dinner Tues.-Sun. Every dish was hot and fresh from the kitchen. At lunch, Red Ginger focuses more on sampler boxes and plates, while at dinner there's a lengthy menu, roughly half dimsum and half tapas. We had fried local mushrooms (three varieties, $12, all wonderful), the warm Greek and Span-ish olives ($5), grilled Atlantic scallops (delicious, but three scallops for $16 seemed a little steep), house fries with truffles (these have to the best best fries in Asheville, $8) and fancied-up Russian black bread ($12, really the only disappointing item we tried) and, for a kind of dessert, brisket nachos (absolutely fantastic with a cheesy sauce, burnt brisket ends and wontons instead of chips, $16). Since the big thing at this kind of place is the meat, you don't want to overdo the salad bar, so I skipped most of the items including smoked salmon and boiled shrimp. Storm & Rhum (Downtown) $16 with fries, 4. Named after an early-maturing tomato variety, Early Girl Eatery is casually Southern with a farm-to-table approach. ASHEVILLE - More than two dozen restaurants and bars have closed in the city in 2020, a difficult year for the food business. 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