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The 10 Hottest New Restaurants in Asheville, North Carolina

Where to find epic cheeseburgers, critically acclaimed tapas, and fresh-baked pie flights

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Today, Eater returns to Asheville, North Carolina to focus on 10 newish restaurants that have been garnering some serious buzz. For this installment, Eater asked writer and stylist Stephanie Burnette of Eat Drink Carolinas to offer her picks for the hottest openings of the past year or so.

Among her selections: a coffee shop situated in the middle of botanical garden (Flora), a beer supply company that has expanded its talents outside of the taproom (White Labs Kitchen & Tap), a new dumpling go-to (Gan Shan West), and a bakery that serves up warm pie samplers on a butcher board (Baked Pie Company).

Without further ado, and in geographic order, the Eater Heatmap to Asheville:

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

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290 Macon Ave
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 252-2711
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Asheville’s prettiest terrace is Edison — all 2,000-plus square feet of it, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. And though this restaurant opened at Omni Grove Park Inn in 2013, the resort’s new executive chef Josh Thomsen (whose resume includes Eau Palm Beach, the Venetian in Las Vegas, and the Hotel Bel-Air) recently added some heft to Edison’s menu with gratifying plates, including pork collar with salsa verde, red peas and chicharron, a hot brown made with braised turkey leg and green tomato, and an atypical tomato pie with grilled eggplant. North Carolina beer dominates the bar alongside updated cocktails and wine.

Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen
Photo: Omni Hotels

2. Little Jumbo

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241 Broadway St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 423-0341
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Chall Gray brings another winner to Asheville’s cocktail universe with Little Jumbo, a stand-alone cocktail bar just outside the Montford neighborhood. A rounded list of 20 house cocktails ensures drinks can be promptly replicated, an attention to detail honed by Gray from his time at Top of the Monk. A white port aperitif is slurpable and a trio of gin and tonics organized by distiller feels apt in the pertly appointed space. The Manhattan Service For Two is date-worthy, but the Water Lily (a Crème de Violette play on a Last Word) reveals the breadth of the staff’s talents. A 10-item menu proffers savory seasonal apps like house-made salt and pepper chips and avocado and almond salad.

Cocktails at Little Jumbo
Photo: Little Jumbo / Facebook

3. Cúrate

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13 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 239-2946
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Chef Katie Button’s acclaimed tapas restaurant has doubled in size thanks to a spring expansion that added a traditional jamón counter, a seated bar with tapped vermouth, and an espresso program staffed by Counter Culture-certified baristas. Best of all, this new addition offers snacks and cocktails all with walk-in seating. Pan de cristal con tomate on house-made toast points and a table de jamónes are not to be missed. If you’re lucky enough to land a reservation in the dining room, consider the honey-drizzled fried eggplant, traditional tortilla española, or a whole Sunburst Farm mountain trout topped with parsley and hazelnut piccata.

A tapa at Cúrate
Photo: Cúrate / Facebook

4. White Labs Kitchen & Tap

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172 S Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 974-3868
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White Labs is a yeast company and a premium supplier to craft breweries. At this new Asheville location, it added something not included at other outposts in San Diego and Boulder: a kitchen. The menu is full of elemental fermentation. Pizza dough rises for 72 hours and is baked with pure liquid yeast cultures in a wood-fired oven, and vegetables are pickled in-house. Twenty-eight taps offer side-by-side tastings of beer fermented with differing yeast strains. White Labs also offers a tour of the production facility, but the taproom is hard to leave. Cocktails and cold-brew coffee round out the offerings.

Pizza at White Labs Kitchen & Tap
Photo: White Labs Kitchen & Tap

5. Foothills Butcher Bar West Asheville

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697 Haywood Rd Unit E
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 417-7081
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Beloved local meat company, Foothill Meats, launched a butcher bar inside a new West Asheville store with plans for a Black Mountain location soon. Beyond sustainably raised meats and a renowned CSA meat program centered on a whole animal philosophy, Foothills produces a deli line of bacon, sandwich meats, hot dogs, and rotating seasonal items. The Butcher Bar menu adds double patty, cheese-laden burgers, beef-tallow fries, and butcher cuts of beef, pork, or chicken with seasonal sides to the mix. Owner Casey McKissick recruited chef Owen Lane (most recently out of Nashville) to lead the West Asheville campaign. Local beer and cider, wine, and nicely priced cocktails are poured from the petite bar.

A cheeseburger at Foothills Butcher Bar
Photo: Foothills Butcher Bar

6. Gan Shan West

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285 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 417-7402
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The newest addition to Beachum’s Curve in East-West Asheville is a dumpling and noodle outpost from chef Patrick O’Cain of Gan Shan Station. The new space churns out a tight menu of bowls and dim sum (for dine-in or take-out) in a counter service set up focused on Asian street food. The shredded vegetable dumplings often sell out, but ordering the fried tofu steamed bun is nearly as satisfying. Gan Shan West is in the same complex as Pizza Mind and the Belgium-centric Archetype Brewery and shares a patio with OWL Bakery, all of which are worth a visit.

A dish at Gan Shan West
Photo: Gan Shan West / Facebook

7. Flora

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428 Haywood Rd B
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 252-8888
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West Asheville’s sought out botanical boutique added a fully organic coffee-and-tea bar in its recent expansion. At Forage, find baked goods by Rhu (Rhubarb’s retail bakery) and pour-over coffee and espresso drinks made with Dynamite Roasting Company coffee from nearby Black Mountain. Iced coffee arrives with flower-laden cubes; try the Mexican Chiapas cold brew shaken with caramel syrup from French Broad River Chocolates. It’s all appropriately delicious, but come to Flora to sit in the near bliss of the planted interiors, moss installations, and fresh-cut flower bar.

Apple hand pies from Flora
Photo: Flora / Facebook

8. Jargon

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715 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 785-1761
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A Sunday jazz brunch puts Jargon solidly on the West Asheville dining scene, though the 50-seat eatery — focused on small plates — is carving out a finer-dining niche of its own in the neighborhood. Vintage styling, front-facing booths, and a beautiful bar give Jargon romantic props, but stay for the beef tartare, daily mussels, and herbaciously sauced proteins by chef Matthew Miner. The Green Goddess cocktail, shaken with Deleon Reposado and an in-house juice blend of lime, celery, jicama, and fennel is expertly balanced. Live jazz starts at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a quirky late night menu is available until 2 a.m.

Quiche at Jargon
Photo: Facebook / Jargon

9. BimBeriBon

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697 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806
(828) 505-0328
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This wheat-free, refined-sugar-free eatery echoes a Parisian patisserie with subway tile and linear seating, but offers a complete three meals, coffee, and snacks. The founders of Mediterranean restaurant Rezaz and the clean eating Baba Nahm are behind BimBeriBon. Here, even bar offerings are satisfyingly wheat-free with biodynamic wine, craft cider, and mixed drinks composed of no-sugar-added spirits. A ricotta toast with hot-smoked salmon is a standout, as is the lamb burger on pita and an eggplant dip with a depth of flavor that echoes the dishes at Rezaz. The massive cinnamon roll slathered in butter is a scene-stealer.

A dish at BimBeriBon
Photo: BimBeriBon / Facebook

10. Baked Pie Company

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4 Long Shoals Rd
Arden, NC 28704
(828) 333-4366
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Kristen Fuchs’s midlife career change infused pie into Western NC’s food landscape. The Arden bakehouse sits in a nondescript strip mall but is smartly configured with a chilled pie case on one side of the register and a warm case on the other, keeping filling at ideal temperatures. It’s the pie flight that has landed Baked on bucket lists far and wide: three slices and a scoop of ice cream on a butcher board (for a mere $12.49). Opt for the best-selling Honey Pecan, a double crust fruit pie, and a cold pie, like the Atlantic Beach, a key-lime hybrid poured into a saltine cracker crust.

Pie at Baked Pie Company
Photo: Baked Pie Company / Facebook

1. Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen

290 Macon Ave, Asheville, NC 28804
Edison Craft Ales + Kitchen
Photo: Omni Hotels

Asheville’s prettiest terrace is Edison — all 2,000-plus square feet of it, overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains. And though this restaurant opened at Omni Grove Park Inn in 2013, the resort’s new executive chef Josh Thomsen (whose resume includes Eau Palm Beach, the Venetian in Las Vegas, and the Hotel Bel-Air) recently added some heft to Edison’s menu with gratifying plates, including pork collar with salsa verde, red peas and chicharron, a hot brown made with braised turkey leg and green tomato, and an atypical tomato pie with grilled eggplant. North Carolina beer dominates the bar alongside updated cocktails and wine.

290 Macon Ave
Asheville, NC 28804

2. Little Jumbo

241 Broadway St, Asheville, NC 28801
Cocktails at Little Jumbo
Photo: Little Jumbo / Facebook

Chall Gray brings another winner to Asheville’s cocktail universe with Little Jumbo, a stand-alone cocktail bar just outside the Montford neighborhood. A rounded list of 20 house cocktails ensures drinks can be promptly replicated, an attention to detail honed by Gray from his time at Top of the Monk. A white port aperitif is slurpable and a trio of gin and tonics organized by distiller feels apt in the pertly appointed space. The Manhattan Service For Two is date-worthy, but the Water Lily (a Crème de Violette play on a Last Word) reveals the breadth of the staff’s talents. A 10-item menu proffers savory seasonal apps like house-made salt and pepper chips and avocado and almond salad.

241 Broadway St
Asheville, NC 28801

3. Cúrate

13 Biltmore Ave, Asheville, NC 28801
A tapa at Cúrate
Photo: Cúrate / Facebook

Chef Katie Button’s acclaimed tapas restaurant has doubled in size thanks to a spring expansion that added a traditional jamón counter, a seated bar with tapped vermouth, and an espresso program staffed by Counter Culture-certified baristas. Best of all, this new addition offers snacks and cocktails all with walk-in seating. Pan de cristal con tomate on house-made toast points and a table de jamónes are not to be missed. If you’re lucky enough to land a reservation in the dining room, consider the honey-drizzled fried eggplant, traditional tortilla española, or a whole Sunburst Farm mountain trout topped with parsley and hazelnut piccata.

13 Biltmore Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

4. White Labs Kitchen & Tap

172 S Charlotte St, Asheville, NC 28801
Pizza at White Labs Kitchen & Tap
Photo: White Labs Kitchen & Tap

White Labs is a yeast company and a premium supplier to craft breweries. At this new Asheville location, it added something not included at other outposts in San Diego and Boulder: a kitchen. The menu is full of elemental fermentation. Pizza dough rises for 72 hours and is baked with pure liquid yeast cultures in a wood-fired oven, and vegetables are pickled in-house. Twenty-eight taps offer side-by-side tastings of beer fermented with differing yeast strains. White Labs also offers a tour of the production facility, but the taproom is hard to leave. Cocktails and cold-brew coffee round out the offerings.

172 S Charlotte St
Asheville, NC 28801

5. Foothills Butcher Bar West Asheville

697 Haywood Rd Unit E, Asheville, NC 28806
A cheeseburger at Foothills Butcher Bar
Photo: Foothills Butcher Bar

Beloved local meat company, Foothill Meats, launched a butcher bar inside a new West Asheville store with plans for a Black Mountain location soon. Beyond sustainably raised meats and a renowned CSA meat program centered on a whole animal philosophy, Foothills produces a deli line of bacon, sandwich meats, hot dogs, and rotating seasonal items. The Butcher Bar menu adds double patty, cheese-laden burgers, beef-tallow fries, and butcher cuts of beef, pork, or chicken with seasonal sides to the mix. Owner Casey McKissick recruited chef Owen Lane (most recently out of Nashville) to lead the West Asheville campaign. Local beer and cider, wine, and nicely priced cocktails are poured from the petite bar.

697 Haywood Rd Unit E
Asheville, NC 28806

6. Gan Shan West

285 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
A dish at Gan Shan West
Photo: Gan Shan West / Facebook

The newest addition to Beachum’s Curve in East-West Asheville is a dumpling and noodle outpost from chef Patrick O’Cain of Gan Shan Station. The new space churns out a tight menu of bowls and dim sum (for dine-in or take-out) in a counter service set up focused on Asian street food. The shredded vegetable dumplings often sell out, but ordering the fried tofu steamed bun is nearly as satisfying. Gan Shan West is in the same complex as Pizza Mind and the Belgium-centric Archetype Brewery and shares a patio with OWL Bakery, all of which are worth a visit.

285 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806

7. Flora

428 Haywood Rd B, Asheville, NC 28806
Apple hand pies from Flora
Photo: Flora / Facebook

West Asheville’s sought out botanical boutique added a fully organic coffee-and-tea bar in its recent expansion. At Forage, find baked goods by Rhu (Rhubarb’s retail bakery) and pour-over coffee and espresso drinks made with Dynamite Roasting Company coffee from nearby Black Mountain. Iced coffee arrives with flower-laden cubes; try the Mexican Chiapas cold brew shaken with caramel syrup from French Broad River Chocolates. It’s all appropriately delicious, but come to Flora to sit in the near bliss of the planted interiors, moss installations, and fresh-cut flower bar.

428 Haywood Rd B
Asheville, NC 28806

8. Jargon

715 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
Quiche at Jargon
Photo: Facebook / Jargon

A Sunday jazz brunch puts Jargon solidly on the West Asheville dining scene, though the 50-seat eatery — focused on small plates — is carving out a finer-dining niche of its own in the neighborhood. Vintage styling, front-facing booths, and a beautiful bar give Jargon romantic props, but stay for the beef tartare, daily mussels, and herbaciously sauced proteins by chef Matthew Miner. The Green Goddess cocktail, shaken with Deleon Reposado and an in-house juice blend of lime, celery, jicama, and fennel is expertly balanced. Live jazz starts at 10:30 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and a quirky late night menu is available until 2 a.m.

715 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806

9. BimBeriBon

697 Haywood Rd, Asheville, NC 28806
A dish at BimBeriBon
Photo: BimBeriBon / Facebook

This wheat-free, refined-sugar-free eatery echoes a Parisian patisserie with subway tile and linear seating, but offers a complete three meals, coffee, and snacks. The founders of Mediterranean restaurant Rezaz and the clean eating Baba Nahm are behind BimBeriBon. Here, even bar offerings are satisfyingly wheat-free with biodynamic wine, craft cider, and mixed drinks composed of no-sugar-added spirits. A ricotta toast with hot-smoked salmon is a standout, as is the lamb burger on pita and an eggplant dip with a depth of flavor that echoes the dishes at Rezaz. The massive cinnamon roll slathered in butter is a scene-stealer.

697 Haywood Rd
Asheville, NC 28806

10. Baked Pie Company

4 Long Shoals Rd, Arden, NC 28704
Pie at Baked Pie Company
Photo: Baked Pie Company / Facebook

Kristen Fuchs’s midlife career change infused pie into Western NC’s food landscape. The Arden bakehouse sits in a nondescript strip mall but is smartly configured with a chilled pie case on one side of the register and a warm case on the other, keeping filling at ideal temperatures. It’s the pie flight that has landed Baked on bucket lists far and wide: three slices and a scoop of ice cream on a butcher board (for a mere $12.49). Opt for the best-selling Honey Pecan, a double crust fruit pie, and a cold pie, like the Atlantic Beach, a key-lime hybrid poured into a saltine cracker crust.

4 Long Shoals Rd
Arden, NC 28704

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