Eats & Drinks


With regular mentions in national publications including The New York Times, Bon Appetit, Food & Wine and Southern Living, there’s no doubt that Asheville’s culinary scene tops many a food-obsessed traveler’s bucket list. Why does this city with a population of just over 90,000 people garner nonstop national buzz alongside much larger destinations?

Some might tell you it’s Western North Carolina’s rich community of small farms, foragers and food artisans. Others would point to the area’s wealth of highly skilled and talented chefs, independent restaurateurs, brewers, vintners and distillers whose supportive, collaborative relationships ultimately raise the bar for what’s possible.

But the secret ingredient is really Asheville itself. The city’s magical mountain allure attracts innovators and nourishes invention, creating the ideal complement for the locale’s inherent Appalachian flavors and laid-back Southern charm.

Use this guide to chart your course for exploring Asheville’s unforgettable spread of edible and drinkable offerings. The biggest challenge will be deciding where to eat. Bon appétit!

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