Think Asheville – think good food! There are enough neighborhood eateries to satisfy a glutton’s mission for some late night fare. From old local food institutions to newbie joints hitting the food scene – ask anyone in the know who loves good food, about where to go, and one of these names will pop up for sure!
Rosetta’s Kitchen: Funky and eclectic. Existing to nourish and considered a whole-foods, farm-fresh kitchen and cafe’ – Rosetta’s has been feeding locals and wanderers to Asheville since 2002. Active in the local community by hosting countless benefits, art shows and musicians this food haven attracts everything from vegetarians, vegans, the health conscious and plain old curious folk. Bright and open with wood floors and exposed brick on the inside and a quaint thatched roof outdoor patio – Rosetta’s has it goin’ on! Try a grilled portabella, coconut curry plate, beer battered tempalo wings or smoky tofu wrap. You won’t be disappointed!
The Admiral: A foodie hot spot. Unassuming, unconventional, unpretentious. Reminiscent of the Federal in Durham, NC (no relation) because of its cinder-block building housing carefully hand-crafted simple fodder. The menu changes frequently to maintain freshness and creativity. Late night snacks/sandwiches include a skirt steak taco, oysters with mignonette, an arugula salad, hells bells pimento cheese, house smoked pulled pork and an Everett Farms local beef burger.
Lab: In the heart of downtown Asheville is the Lexington Avenue Brewery. Located in a historic building Lab crafts specialty unfiltered, naturally carbonated, additive free beers – a great complement to their comfort food menu including grilled cheese, Mike’s chili, kobe beef sliders, the Lab burger and Ben’s barley meatloaf. Industrial open setting with a huge bar and two music stages the scene is active and upbeat.
Sazerac: Classic and contemporary with old New Orleans influence. Lounge seating and rooftop dining attract Asheville locals or svelte tourists looking for a dining experience. Order a traditional cocktail such as a Mint Julep or Old Fashioned or wine from the Loire Valley defining its terroir. Have a late night charcuterie, blue pear salad, french inspired sandwich or yummy lamb lollipops. Then end the evening with a Creme Brule’.
Bier Garden: Beer and late night grub are on the brain? This local favorite microbrewery is the place to be. Located on historic Haywood Street and adjacent to the civic center late night drink and hungry souls can enjoy choosing between over 200 imported and local craft beers and hunger satisfying plates such as a Japanese Kobe beef sandwich, chicken dogwood sandwich or fish and chips.
51 Grill: If eating an awesome hamburger or Philly cheese steak next to an Exxon gas station doesn’t make you cringe then this is the place to go after a rowdy late night out. Open until 4am, don’t expect quiet. A blaring satellite radio sets the mood so people talk and yell even louder! There’s even a few domestic beers to choose from too.
Zambra: Longing for a little bit of the Iberian peninsula? Zambra wine and tapas bar in downtown Asheville creates tapas inspired by Spain, Portugal and North Africa. They use all natural meats and organic products when available. There is no shortage of accolades. They have been featured in Southern Living and on the Food Network and have an outstanding selection of Spanish and New World wines earning them the Wine Spectator award of Excellence in 2009 again. Pair with masa crusted gulf shrimp or pomegranate braised pork spring rolls and no doubt you’ll be singing flamenco on the way home.