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Off-Campus Dining


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5 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: It's Asheville. This city lives for food and beer, simple as that.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Asheville offers some of the best drinking and dining options around.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many places in Asheville and Black Mountain that have great waitstaff and are people that I like to go see on weekends. The costs are reasonable and there is a lot of variety too

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The food is Asheville is great, although it can get pretty pricey.

5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Asheville is awesome. And it's only about 15 minutes from campus.


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Asheville’s food is absurdly good. One of the most common reactions to saying “I go to school near Asheville” is “you must eat really well.” Vegetarians and vegans will find their home at Rosetta’s and the Laughing Seed, and omnivores will be shocked at how delicious veggie options are. Thai Basil, Mela’s Indian cuisine, and Wasabi satisfy the Eastern flavor, and the Brew and View makes the best pizza in town. Tupelo Honey is a tourist favorite for good reason. Coffee shops are simply everywhere. Izzy’s is the local hipster hangout, Green Sage is a great first date spot, the Dripolator is the perfect study location, and Firestorm tends to be packed with anarchists with wildly interesting life stories.

What makes all of this even more mouth-watering is that many (if not most) Asheville eateries are locally-owned and use responsible business practices—local food, ethically grown meat, organic produce, fair living wages, and composting. You’ll be hard pressed to run out of options for eating out downtown.

Facts & Statistics

Student Favorites
  • Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
  • Chow Time Pizza
  • East Village Grill
  • Rosetta's Kitchen
24-Hour Dining
Waffle House
Best Asian
  • Asian on the Go
  • Asiana
Best Breakfast
  • Early Girl Eatery
  • Tupelo Honey Café
Best Healthy
  • Laughing Seed Café
  • Rosetta's Kitchen
Best Pizza
Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
Best Wings
East Village Grill
Best Place to Take Your Parents
  • Jerusalem Garden
  • Zambra Tapas Bar
Other Places to Check Out
  • Mela
  • The Mellow Mushroom
  • Thai Basil
Did You Know?
Asheville is peppered with sweet treats. For cupcakes, try Sisters McMullen Darn Good Pastries and Fine Cakes. Sugar Mama's makes delicious cookies (and they deliver). Fine chocolate can be found at the Chocolate Lounge or the Chocolate Fetish.

Grocery StoresWhat's This?

French Broad Food Co-Op
90 Biltmore Ave., Asheville
(828) 255-7650
Greenlife Grocery
70 Merrimon Ave., Asheville
(828) 254-5440
Ingles Market
1141 Tunnel Rd., Asheville
(828) 298-3514

Restaurant ListingsWhat's This?

Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company (aka Brew & View)
Food: Pizza, pub specialties
675 Merrimon Ave.
(828) 254-1281
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: There's a $2 movie theater with chairs and tables so you can eat your pizza while you watch. They also brew their own beer, and the parmesan crust is out of this world.
Asian on the Go
Food: Chinese, Japanese
1143 Tunnel Rd.
(828) 299-8282
Price: $8-$15
Asiana Grand Buffet
Food: Chinese
153 Smokey Park Hwy.; 1968 Hendersonville Rd.
(828) 667-0410; (828) 654-8879
Price: $8-$12
Barley's Taproom & Pizzeria
Food: Pizza/pub specialties
42 Biltmore Ave.
(828) 255-0504
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: There are more than 40 types of beer on tap.
Café Max & Rosie's
Food: Vegetarian
52 N. Lexington Ave.
(828) 254-5342
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Also available is Rosie's vegetarian cookbook
Cats 'n Dawgs
Food: Hot dogs, chili cheese fries
1 Page Ave.
(828) 281-8100
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Cats has Vienna sausage, bratwurst, Italian sausage, veggie dogs.
Chow Time Pizza
Food: Pizza
450 U.S. Hwy. 70
(828) 686-1986
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: The Warren Wilson special is one large pizza, cheesy bread, and sweet tea for super cheap (and they deliver).
Food: Authentic Mexican
1297 Tunnel Rd.
(828) 299-1255
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Authentic Mexican fare; there a mariachi band Friday nights.
Doc Chey's Noodle House
Food: Chinese, Japanese, Thai
37 Biltmore Ave.
(828) 252-8220
Price: $2-$8
Cool Features: Cheap but delicious Thai, Chinese, and Japanese dishes.
Early Girl Eatery
Food: American
8 Wall St.
(828) 259-9292
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Excellent breakfast/brunch menu, and it's open for dinner.
East Buffet
Food: Asian
125 Tunnel Rd.
(828) 253-9899
Price: $5-$15
East Village Grille
Food: American, wings
1177 Tunnel Rd.
(828) 299-3743
Cool Features: Wings are 40 cents on Mondays.
Heiwa Shokudo
Food: Japanese
87 N. Lexington Ave.
(828) 254-7761
Price: $10-$15
Cool Features: The name means "harmony dining hall."
Jerusalem Garden
Food: Mediterranean and Moroccan cuisine
78 Patton Ave.
(828) 254-0255
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: There's live belly dancing and outstanding Mediterranean cuisine.
Laughing Seed Café
Food: Vegetarian/vegan
40 Wall St.
(828) 252-3445
Price: $10-$20
Cool Features: Friendly to vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, lactose-intolerant and all other types of dietary restrictions. A little pricey, but huge portions and high-quality ingredients make it worth it.
Food: Mexican
77A Biltmore Ave.
(828) 255-8080
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Giant burritos, $1 PBRs, and colorful décor.
Marco's Pizzeria
Food: Pizza
946 Merrimon Ave.
(828) 285-0709
Price: $5-$10
Rosetta's Kitchen
Food: Southern vegetarian, vegan soul food
111 Broadway
(828) 232-0738
Price: $5-$15
Cool Features: Home-grown Southern cooking with an Earth-friendly flare. Rosetta's is a campus favorite, and you're bound to run into some Wilson alum there. It's also open late, so you don't have to go to Waffle House.
Tupelo Honey Café
Food: American
12 College St.
(828) 255-4863
Price: $8-$15
Cool Features: Home-style cooking, with a little something for everyone.
Waffle House
Food: Waffles
171 Tunnel Rd.
(828) 258-0348
Wing Night - on Mondays, wings are 40 cents each.
Price: $5-$10
Food: Japanese, sushi
19 Broadway
(828) 225-2551
Price: $10-$15
Wild Wing Café
Food: Wings, fries
161 Biltmore Rd.
(828) 253-3066
Price: $5-$10
Cool Features: Dozens of popular wing sauces
Zambra Wine and Tapas
Food: Tapas
85 Walnut St.
(828) 232-1060
Price: $10-$20

Student Polls

Rate the off-campus restaurants on the following topics    Based on 22 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 23 responses

  • 78% A nice variety of local spots and ethnic cuisine.
  • 17% Enough variety to keep things interesting.
  • 0% Mostly just chain restaurants and fast food.
  • 4% An endless repetition of the same few places.
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