Aunt Sue had some friends in town staying at the Grove Park Inn. They reached out to a local wondering if they could suggest a local food digs that was not touristy.
Of course, there are many many answers to this question. Here are the tips I gave them for some delightful off the beaten path destinations:
Zambras is cool for tapas. It’s a little more low profile than Curate but is just as good. I think the Montford Rooftop bar is awesome for a sunset or they could go to Sky Bar. Both have many options of food and beverage.
Dobra Tea or Pete’s Pies downtown are both good for lunch - Dobra Tea has a bohemian flair and specializes in delicious dishes and a wide selection of teas; Pete’s is a British pub with awesome pot pies and soccer on the TV.
Bouchon is a great little French restaurant on Lexington Avenue - no reservations but worth a wait.
Ambrosia is another one of my favorites. It is located in a strip mall in north Asheville but is James Beard level dining.
12 Bones at the Foundation is a cool, artsy, gritty spot with killer BBQ and a courtyard w amazing graffiti everywhere - people love it for photo backdrops. Also in the area, I highly recommend the burger at Smokey Park Supper Club overlooking the French Broad River. After a delicious meal, you can stroll through the River Arts District and enjoy the fabulous work of many talented artists.
Jargon in West Asheville is a great spot; they have the best mocktails, homemade sodas, and I love the campfire creme brûlée! Also in West Asheville, Hole Doughnuts prides itself on home made doughnuts that melt in your mouth.
Biltmore Village is a quaint part of town just south of the downtown area. Well known for The Biltmore Estate, this area also hosts many shops, galleries, and restaurants. Well Bread Bakery is known for its scrumptious desserts.
Other great places to visit... the North Carolina Arboretum is a beautiful place to enjoy a nature walk in the woods or take in the gorgeous landscaped gardens, from there you can hop on the Blue Ridge Parkway and drive on its winding road that provides spectacular natural landscapes . Pisgah Forest, south of Asheville, is another delightful scenic place with hiking trails, swimming holes, water falls.