West Asheville has earned a reputation as the hip, funky side of town. The streets are lined with groovy thrift stores, trendy bars, music venues, and of course, restaurants. Step into any dining esta
West Asheville has earned a reputation as the hip, funky side of town. The streets are lined with groovy thrift stores, trendy bars, music venues, and of course, restaurants. Step into any dining establishment, and you’re nearly certain to be part of a visually diverse crowd: long dreadlocks and tall mohawks, preppy plaid and black leather, high-heeled boots and running shoes; all are represented here, and the Asheville restaurants on this side of town offer just as wide a range of tasty flavors. Here are a few notable places to dine while you’re exploring the West Side. The Admiral Tucked away in an unassuming storefront, this is one of the Asheville restaurants that offers a surprisingly upscale menu from 5:00–10:00 PM. The menu at The Admiral changes daily, but the selections are always fresh and interesting, and the desserts are absolutely divine. Biscuithead You can’t go wrong with a good old-fashioned biscuit for breakfast, and Biscuithead does them right. The large, fluffy biscuits are offered up in a variety of ways, from sandwiches to meals, and you can top them with a huge selection of butters, jams, jellies and gravies. Biscuithead is open for breakfast and lunch. Green Tea Sushi Sushi lovers will delight in this relaxing Asheville restaurant. The décor lends itself to both quiet conversation and happy celebrations, and the menu at Green Tea Sushi offers other favorites such as tempura, barbecue squid, and vegetarian choices. Isis Restaurant and Music Hall Like many Asheville restaurants, Isis also serves as a music venue, featuring live bands in a tasteful yet relaxed atmosphere. Isis has an outdoor dining patio, as well as a more intimate bar and lounge upstairs with a view of the stage. And its menu contains many locally sourced ingredients. King Daddy’s Chicken and Waffles You haven’t really visited the South until you’ve feasted on chicken and waffles, like those served at King Daddy’s. Their appetizer menu also offers poutine, a rare find this side of the border, along with pork cracklins and fried chicken livers — proof that this is genuine Southern cuisine, but with an all-inclusive twist. Lucky Otter Looking for a laid-back experience in Asheville restaurants? Try the Lucky Otter; it might be exactly what you’re looking for. This West Asheville restaurant has long been established as a favorite among locals and for good reason. Nona Mia This Italian restaurant serves up classic favorites, but it’s known for its wood-fired pizzas, hearty sandwiches and more. The whole family will appreciate the warm, comfortable atmosphere. Asheville restaurants don’t get friendlier than this. Go to Nona Mia when you’re in the mood for good old-fashioned Italian comfort food. Sunny Point Cafe While there’s often a wait at Sunny Point, one of our favorite West Asheville restaurants, it’s because it serves up classic breakfast, lunch and dinner fare with distinctive twists. The fried green tomato BLT is the perfect blend of fresh and savory flavors, and the homemade pimento cheese is a Southern staple. Try the shrimp and grits or some organic cornmeal hotcakes. Universal Joint A former gas station converted into a must-visit burger joint, the aptly named Universal Joint has quickly established itself as the burger place in West Asheville. But they offer more than just burgers. Quesadillas, tacos, salads, vegetarian fare and chicken sandwiches grace their menu. For a real treat, try the smoked trout Reuben. No matter where you dine, venture into West Asheville from your cabin at the Asheville Cabins of Willow Winds to experience the Asheville restaurants that helped transform this part of the city. Pleasant surprises await you.