February 25, 2008

Asheville Downtown Restaurants

There are so many great, diverse restaurants in downtown Asheville - there's something for everyone and it's difficult to dislike anything you try. But I've tried to narrow it down here to just a few of my very favorite spots that I frequent regularly:

Tupelo Honey Cafe - you can't go wrong with anything on the menu, and the prices are unbeatable for the quality of the fare. Plus they get most of the food straight from their own organic vegetable farm & free-range, organic meat from Warren Wilson College just down the road in Swannanoa.

Mayfel's - Authentic and tasty New Orleans cuisine. Right next door to Tupelo, and sometimes a good alternative if you don't want as long a wait (though don't be misled - like everything in this town, Mayfel's gets crowded too).

Jerusalem Garden Cafe - Great Mediterranean (Moroccan influence) food, complete with belly dancing! The hummus and baba ganouj are amazing - great place to satisfy vegetarians (and meat eaters too, of course). They can easily handle large parties with advance notice. Also known for good Sunday brunch.

As it turns out, these restaurants are all located around Pritchard Park (Patton Ave). It's a great little block for eating. Early Girl Eatery is another favorite, located behind Tupelo and Mayfel's, and can be accessed on Wall Street.

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