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.
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.