We love making recommendations for our guests about where to eat in West Asheville, one of our favorite neighborhoods to visit in Asheville. Once known as “Worst Asheville” this westside neighborhood has seen some huge shifts in the last 10 years. A mostly residential area, West Asheville is home to many of Asheville’s local artists, business owners, young professionals, and lot’s of families. Through the heart of West Asheville is Haywood Rd, a 3 mile stretch of road that is lined with lots of great places to eat and drink, as well as shops and galleries to explore.
West Asheville is easy to get to from East Fork Ranch. For GPS coordinates we suggest entering the intersection of Haywood Rd. & Brevard Rd., which will land you right in the middle of all the action.
Where to eat in West Asheville
Sunny Point Cafe-Featured on Good Morning America and named the “best breakfast restaurant in America” Sunny Point is where a lot of folks, both local and tourists, start their day in Asheville. Be sure to try the Jalapeno Grits. if there is a wait they have self serve coffee and your free to wander through their onsite garden where a good amount of their produce comes from during the warmer months.
Biscuit Head-Expect a line out the door, but don’t worry it goes fast. The perfect hangover cure after a day of checking out Asheville’s breweries. Almost everything is served on or with a home made biscuit and they even have a jelly bar.
WALK-Also known as West Asheville Lounge and Kitchen is more of a local hangout. Great food, great list of beer and wine, full bar, kids menu, a pool table and even a classic sit down video game featuring Pac Man and Space Invaders. Visiting Asheville on Tuesday, they have tacos for $1.50 each all day long.
The Admiral-Don’t be fooled by the outside, this place is awesome and always finding its’ way onto top ten lists. Housed in a small cinder block building The Admiral has been serving up some of the best food in Asheville (and the southeast) for years. Be sure to make a reservation ahead of time. Don’t have a reservation and want to take a chance, their may be a seat or two at the bar!
Upcountry Brewing Company-This is a fairly new spot in town. Upcountry Brewing is becoming West Asheville’s community drinkery, eatery, and gamery. Once known as Altamont Brewing, the business was bought by one of the owners of Terrapin Brewing and expanded into the space next door to include a full service restaurant along with a game room for the kids (and kid at heart). Live music regularly happens later in the evening and there are two great outdoor seating areas for the warmer months.
Tastee Diner-Brought to you by the owner of The Admiral (see above) expect good food, cold drinks, and breakfast served all day long. Think a traditional diner, but with some twists. Where traditional pulled pork sandwiches and chicken and waffles are being served side by side with a Korean Breakfast sandwich or a Brunch Burger. They even serve ice cream, shakes, and even beer battered Twinkies.
Nine Mile-With two location in Asheville, the West Asheville location is one of our favorites. Their cuisine consists of Caribbean inspired pasta dishes, rice dishes, a handful of traditional pasta dishes. They always have a daily specials and an array of locally made desserts. Don’t forget to try one of their caribbean inspired cocktails.
Buffalo Nickel-Housed in a beautiful two story building, Buffalo NIckel is a “chef driven americana restaurant with a base of traditional southern fare”. Get there early and stay late. After you finish your meal grab an after dinner drink up stairs in their tavern which has a great seating area, pool tables, and an all around friendly vibe you would expect in Asheville.
Lucky Otter-California style burritos with some twists. Our favorites are the Thai and Jerk burritos. Add one of their seriously crazy good house made margaritas and some chip and salsa (mango please!) and you have a great meal.
Standard Pizza-The local pizza joint every neighborhood should have. Enough said. Expect big slices, a tasty crust, home made sauce, an array of salads and sides, and then plenty of local brews on tap. Great a great outdoor seating area and super kid friendly.
After figuring out where to eat in West Asheville, be sure to check out our list of other fun things to do in our other blog, Exploring West Asheville.