A Weekend’s Worth of Family Restaurants in Asheville, NC
My fellow blogger Mary Ellen wrote a great article on family-friendly restaurants in Asheville. As my luck would have it, that article was posted the week AFTER our latest trip to that fair city. So although I didn’t benefit from Mary Ellen’s insight, our family did try some other restaurants in Asheville that are also worth sharing with you. So, please enjoy the following suggestions (a whole weekend’s worth) of places to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert while visiting Asheville, North Carolina.
Best Places to Eat in Asheville, NC for Families
Tupelo Honey Café
If you’re new to Southern food (or you just love it), Tupelo Honey Café is the place try it. Being a Southern girl, my standards are high and this place exceeds them. Everything I’ve tried is delicious: the biscuits, shrimp and grits, fried green tomatoes, even the tomato soup. If Southern food is not your thing, don’t be discouraged; their menu also includes salads, sandwiches and supper plates.
This family-friendly restaurant got its start in Asheville in 2000 and now has locations all over the South. There are two locations in Asheville, and with good reason: it’s very popular. The kids menu is well-rounded and (gasp) includes vegetables! Go early; there is frequently a long wait for brunch, but they are open for lunch and dinner too.
We had read rave reviews about Corner Kitchen, but the line was really long, so we stepped across the street to this adorable cottage where we had a delicious lunch. This bakery offers a walk-up counter to order from its array of mouth-watering salads, quiches, and sandwiches. Just try not to order one of their enormous éclairs! Well-Bred is steps away from the Biltmore entrance and was the perfect meeting place for our group.
Ben’s Tune Up
With its laid-back vibe and hip retro ambiance, Ben’s Tune Up completely embodies the spirit of Asheville! I wanted to send the kids back to the hotel and stay here all evening!
Housed in an old warehouse/car repair shop in the South Slope neighborhood of Asheville, this Asian influenced restaurant and sake brewery has good food and a fun atmosphere. The open air beer garden has plenty of room among the 70s lounge chairs and picnic tables and a regular schedule of live music. There was even a life-size Jenga game going on while we ate dinner!
Our kids were quite content with the variety of dinner choices like burgers, pot stickers, tacos and ramen bowls. With 15 craft beers on tap and house-made sake (if you’re into that), the parents were happy to linger, and it’s just a short walk from here into downtown.
The Taproom Restaurant at Sierra Nevada Brewery
Those interested in taking a tour of the new Sierra Nevada brewery just outside of Asheville will be pleased to learn that there is a restaurant there too — a good restaurant! While the girls in our group were touring the Biltmore Estate, the Dads of the group took the brewery tour.
We met up later at the restaurant and were delighted by the creative and varied menu; there’s an equal selection of meat and vegetarian choices. The pizza was lauded as “the best pizza I ever put in my mouth” by both children and adults at the table.
Those who like to take dares should consider ordering “The Glutton:” a fried chicken thigh sandwiched between a brioche doughnut with bacon, Gruyère cheese and drizzled with maple syrup and malt salt. Go ahead, I dare you. (It’s delicious, but definitely not for one person’s consumption!) There is also a reasonably priced kids menu.
Tip: Those interested in the brewery tour should make reservations online in advance; the Taproom does not take reservations.
After sharing a cup of their incredibly rich “European Drinking Chocolate” back in the winter time, we returned to this candy shop in hopes of each having one’s own cup. But alas, they only offer it during the fall and winter. (So if you find yourself in Asheville during the cold months, definitely put this candy store on your to-do list!)
However, there are still plenty of chocolate treats to be had, like chocolate-covered pretzels, truffles and sea salt caramels, and we each selected a chocolate treat to take home.
Double D’s Coffee
Housed in an old red London double-decker bus, this adorable coffee shop will be a required stop for most little ones, as it was for our kids. Rest assured, the coffee is good, and they also serve fruit smoothies, chai lattes, milk shakes and baked goods, making it an ideal stop for an afternoon snack or post-dinner dessert.
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Erin is a native Floridian who has resided in Atlanta since 1995. Her husband Mike and she have two funny, smart, active girls and two cats.