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.