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Off-Campus Dining


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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: The food here is just okay, nothing special.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: nice options for dining on and off campus

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Some of the local places have great food. The restaurants that offer student discounts are not really advertising it but are there if you ask. overall cost is about average some are higher and some are lower. There are not too many fast food places and they are not very good.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Close by everything closes at 11 but if you drive about 15 minutes there are tons of options

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dinning has the best restaurants to eat at with great food. The cost of the food is good, and some places gives out student discounts.


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There are several small restaurants in Black Mountain, the small adjoining town to Montreat. Many of the restaurants serve locally-grown food, featuring a combination of tastiness, healthiness, and local support. There are a few chain restaurants, as well, including Denny's (a student favorite), McDonald's, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Many of the restaurants are within five or 10 minutes from the College. The close proximity and the chance to get off campus—and Denny's student discount—tempt many to go elsewhere other than the dining halls.

Some of the restaurants are a bit pricey and have a higher-class atmosphere, but most are comfortably priced and in a down-to-earth environment. Places like Phil's Bar-B-Que Pit are fun because of the low-key environment and the chance to watch Phil barbecue the food in the "pit." There are nicer restaurants in Black Mountain, Swannanoa, and Asheville for date nights or visits from the parents; although some of these can be a bit pricey, many are affordable. Some, like the Black Mountain Bistro, are only minutes away from the College and offer a good meal in a cozy environment. For those looking for a healthy or vegetarian alternative, many of the restaurants offer vegetarian options; Asheville, 20 minutes away from Montreat, is home to several vegetarian restaurants, many with gluten-free options. There are several coffee shops in Asheville, as well—a nice way to finish a dinner date.

Facts & Statistics

24-Hour Dining
Best Asian
Thai Basil
Best Breakfast
  • Denny's
  • Huddle House
Best Coffee
Dynamite Roasting Company
Best Dessert
  • Denny's
  • The Dripolator
Best Healthy
Laughing Seed Café
Best Late-Night
Best Mexican
Ole's Guacamoles
Best Pizza
  • My Father's Pizza & Pasta
  • Pizza Hut
Best Wings
  • Okie Dokies Smokehouse
  • Phil's Bar-B-Que Pit
Best Place to Take a Date
  • Black Mountain Bistro
  • Que Sera
  • Thai Basil
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Black Mountain Bistro
  • The Madison Inn Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast
  • O'Charley's
Other Places to Check Out
  • The Artisan Gourmet Market
  • Cellar Door
  • Chick-fil-A
  • Chili's
  • Cook Out
  • Doc Chey's Noodle House
  • McDonald's
  • Mellow Mushroom
  • Olive Garden
  • Pisgah Brewing Company
  • Taco Bell
  • Waffle House
  • Wendy's

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

Amazing Savings
3018 US 70 Highway, Black Mountain
(828) 669-8988
Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
205 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-2306
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
550 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-6700
Daily 7 a.m.-11 p.m.
125 Bleachery Blvd., Asheville
(828) 298-8092
Daily 24 hours

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Berliner Kindl German Restaurant
Food: German
121 Broadway St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-5255
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: Authentic German food
Black Mountain Bistro
Food: Desserts, pasta, salads, Southern fare, soups
203 E. State St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-5041
Price: $10-$30
Cool Features: Catering is available (good for parties); it is a comfortable casual/semi-casual restaurant, and it is only a few miles from the College.
The Blackbird Restaurant
Food: Southern
10 E. Market St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-5556
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Uses locally grown produce
Food: American
581 S. Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-0770
Price: $8-$15
The Dripolator
Food: Coffee
221 W. State St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-0999
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: There's another location in Asheville.
Dynamite Roasting Co.
Food: Coffee, tea
3798 U.S. Highway 70, Black Mountain
(828) 357-8555
Price: $5-$10
Huddle House
Food: Breakfast/dinner
500 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-5763
Price: $5-$15
Laughing Seed Café
Food: Vegetarian, vegan, raw, gluten-free
40 Wall St., Asheville
(828) 252-3445
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Serves locally grown food
The Madison Inn Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast
Food: Fine dining
15 Dixon Dr., Black Mountain
(828) 669-4785
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Multi-level, art deco bar, indoor and outdoor dining, locally grown produce
The Morning Glory Café
Food: Café-style
6 E. Market St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-6212
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Wine is offered half price by the bottle every Wednesday.
My Father's Pizza & Pasta
Food: Pizza/Italian
110 Cherry St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-4944
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Indoor and outdoor seating
Food: American
2 Kenilworth Knolls, Asheville
(828) 281-0540
Price: $8-$15
Okie Dokies Smokehouse
Food: Southern
2375 U.S. Highway 70, Swannanoa
(828) 686-0050
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Full-service catering and delivery available, takeout
Ole's Guacamoles
Food: Mexican
401 E. State St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-0550
Price: $8-$15
Phil's Bar-B-Que Pit
Food: Barbecue
701 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-3606
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Customers can watch Phil (the owner) cooking his barbecue in the "pit."
Pizza Hut
Food: Pizza
250 NC Highway 9, Black Mountain
(828) 669-9455
Price: $8-$15
Que Sera
Food: American
400 E. State St., Black Mountain
(828) 664-9472
Price: $10-$25
Cool Features: Serves locally grown produce
Thai Basil
Food: Thai cuisine
227 W. State St. (Highway 70), Black Mountain
(828) 664-4322
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There's another location in Asheville.
Veranda Café and Gifts
Food: Café-style, lunch
119 Cherry St., Black Mountain
(828) 669-8864
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: It's only open for lunch.

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 23 responses

Very poor
  • Cost
  • Convenience
  • Healthy/organic options
  • Late-night options
  • Quality
  • Student discounts
  • Variety/number of options
  • Vegetarian/vegan options

How would you rate the diversity of off-campus dining options?    Based on 26 responses

  • 31% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 35% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 23% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 12% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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