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5 Asheville Lunch Spots to Satisfy any Craving

Updated: 1 day ago

It is no secret that Asheville is a foodie’s paradise. With quaint hole-in-the-wall eateries to fine dining restaurants, you could eat somewhere new every day and never tire of the cuisine. Lunchtime offers a chance to indulge in Asheville’s hottest restaurants without the crowds and explore some incredible local favorites. Here are 5 Asheville lunch spots that will satisfy any craving!

A burger with fries.

You may have heard about the incredible Bar-B-Que in Asheville and it is important to say that the food really does live up to the hype. This is especially true for 12 Bones Smokehouse, a local BBQ joint on the river just south of downtown. Only open midweek from 12-4 for onsite dining and 4-6 for takeout, you’ll want to plan ahead to ensure you won’t miss this iconic Asheville eatery. You can visit their southern location with extended hours, but it doesn’t have the same homey charm as the original.

Head in for lunch at Asheville’s original lunchette. The Soda Fountain is a blast from the past with 50’s flair and home cooking so good, you’ll want to come back for seconds. Grab a classic burger or a mouthwatering tuna melt and save room for one of their creamy irresistible malt shakes. Walk to The Soda Fountain and explore Woolworth Walk from the Chestnut Street Inn, a historic boutique inn just minutes from downtown. This charming retreat is a perfect home base for anyone looking to experience Asheville as you can walk to all the best attractions and restaurants before returning to your comfortable and elegant suites.

Sandwiches: Roman’s Deli

The best sandwiches in town can only be found between 9-4 at downtown eatery: Roman’s Deli. Taste the difference local, sustainable produce can make on classic combinations and or venture out and try one of their signature creations. Grab a sandwich to-go for the ultimate reward at the end of one of Asheville’s scenic hikes. If you didn’t get a chance to grab a sandwich before your hike, make a stop afterward for one of their award-winning burgers.

Indian: Chai Pani

Chai Pani is more of a dining experience than a sit-down restaurant. This Indian eatery works to replicate the incredible street food you would find in downtown Delhi and Bombay. Order several small bites, called chaat, and experience a whirlwind of flavors from bright and spicy to salty and savory to sweet and fruity. Bring a friend (or a small army) and let Chai Pani treat you to a new and exciting array of flavors.

Vegetarian: Nine Mile on Montford

With three locations in Asheville, locals still can’t get enough of Nine Mile’s Caribbean influence. Visit their original neighborhood location on Montford, just north of downtown. You’ll find a variety of pasta and rice dishes dressed with incredible flavors. You can order you entrees with proteins from chicken to scallops and their out-of-this-world spice-rubbed shrimp, but you can easily find vegetarian and vegan-friendly entrees on the menu as well. Walk over for lunch from Pine Crest Bed & Breakfast located just around the corner. This tranquil B&B in the heart of Asheville’s most desirable neighborhood is a welcome retreat for travelers exploring the town.

Make sure you don’t miss any of these mouthwatering lunch eateries during your Asheville getaway. From Indian to classic American and everything in between, you’ll find something to satisfy any food craving in Asheville, NC. There are new restaurants popping up all over this foodie paradise. Subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to find out about the hottest eateries, upcoming events, and local’s tips to exploring the town.

Enjoy Asheville’s incredible lunch spots and let the Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association help you pick out the perfect B&B, inn, or hotel for your getaway.


The Asheville Bed & Breakfast Association is a collection of diverse Bed & Breakfasts located in Asheville, North Carolina and the surrounding area. Check out our Specials (updated monthly) and don’t forget your Cookbook, a perfect way to take a little of our hospitality with you.


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