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American

Uptown Cafe (22 Battery Park, 253-2158) - Slightly upscale Asheville favorite we/ Intercontinental menu featuring pasta of the day, marinated grilled chicken, vegetarian dishes, Louisiana Cajun catfish, szechuan & vegetable stirfry, and always fresh fish. Special Sunday Brunch till 2:30.

Bier Garden (46 Haywood St., 828-258-3005) - Non-pretentious combination of fine dining room and downtown pub w/an American/Continental menu and premier beer (over 200 to choose from), malt and wine selection. Features daily specials, a freshly stocked salad bar and live music.

McGuffy's (13 Kenilworth Knoll - off Tunnel Rd., 828-252-0956) - Eclectic eatery with extensive menu including fresh pastas, stir-frys, healthy salads, char-grilled chicken & burgers, steak & seafood, vegetarian entrees, and irresistible homemade desserts. Also features bar & lounge.

Westside Grill (1190 Patton Ave., 828-252-9605) - 1950's diner-style restaurant with all-time favorite menu items such as meatloaf and fried chicken as well as continental favs such as pasta and sandwiches. Enjoy Westside's breakfast featuring "huge" homemade biscuits, pancakes and more.

Continental

23 Page (1 Battery Park, 828-252-3685) - The most elegant restaurant in Asheville, in the lower level of the Haywood Park Hotel w/five dining rooms, a knowledgeable and pleasant wait staff and an excellent continental menu. 23 Page, for a lovely and relaxing evening. Dinner nightly from 5:30.

The Greenery (48 Tunnel Rd., 828-253-2809) - Unique restaurant & lounge with European flair. House specialties include Maryland Crabcakes and Confit au Canard; offering fresh seafood, steaks, veal and lamb dishes and one of the finest wine selections in Asheville. Reservations recommended.

Pati's Restaurant at the Blake House Inn (150 Royal Pines Dr., Arden, 828-684-1847) - Feast on prime rib, seafood, pasta and specialty desserts in a restored 1883 Gothic Inn. All foods cooked to order. Offering a complete catering service and a Sunday Brunch. Reservations recommended.

Deerpark Restaurant (Biltmore Estate, 828-274-6260) - Located on the Biltmore Estate, this open-air restaurant was designed by architect Richard Morris Hunt in the 1890's. Serving lunch with the freshest ingredients and an array of estate wines to complement your entree. Open March - Dec.

Sunset Terrace at Grove Park Inn (290 Macon Avenue, 828-252-2711) - One of the South's most famous and popular outdoor dining verandas with majestic views and sunsets over the city skyline and mountains beyond. Breakfast, lunch and dinner served daily. A la carte menu & lavish buffets.

Top Of The Plaza (12th Floor at Radisson Hotel, 828-252-8211) - Breathtaking panoramic views over downtown Asheville with American/continental a la carte entrees such as the Flounder "Theresa" stuffed with crab meat imperial served with a veil of caper butter. Serving lunch, brunch & dinner.

Horizons at Grove Park Inn (290 Macon Ave., 828-252-2711) - Formal dining room with sweeping views, elegant decor and "innovative classic cuisine." Lajos Pagony featured nightly on the grand piano. Coat and tie required. Dinner served from 6:30 to 10 pm. Reservations recommended.

Southside Cafe (Hwy. 25, Hendersonville Rd., 828-274-4413) - Quiet elegance and excellent food in a small cafe atmosphere featuring two of the most innovative chefs in Asheville. Try a daily special such as Swordfish w/jerked seasoning and enjoy soft music, wine and candlelight while you dine.

Cafe on the Square (1 Biltmore Ave., Pack Square, 828-251-5565) - Streetside bistro looking onto historic Pack Square in downtown Asheville. Offers a variety of fresh seafood, poultry, meat and pasta dishes as well as vegetarian fare. "One of the most unique dining spots of Asheville."

Gabrielle's at Richmond Hill Inn (87 Richmond Hill Dr., 828-252-7313) - Located in a grand Victorian mansion built in 1889, Gabrielle's offers formal dining in a relaxed atmosphere with signature culinary creations from local ingredients. Lunch, dinner & Sun. brunch. Reservations.

Possum Trot Grill (8 Wall St., 828-253-0062) - Authentic New Orleans cooking in a relaxed atmosphere. Located on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, overlooking Battery Park. Serving lunch and dinner.  

International

Flying Frog Cafe (76 Haywood St., Downtown, 828-254-9411) - Indian and other European specialties. Italian, Caribbean, French, and Cajun cuisine. Specialties are Frog Legs & chef "Vijay's" crabcakes (The Best Crabcakes Any Place!) Dinner, six days. Daily Specials. Closed Tuesdays.

The Gazzel Innovative Cuisine (90 Patton Ave., Downtown, 828-281-3477) - French Cuisine. Specialty is Dinner, six days. Lunch served daily, Specials. Closed Monday.

The Windmill European Grill Il Pescatore (85 Tunnel Rd., Innsbrook Mall) - An Asheville favorite, The Windmill offers Authentic German, Italian and Eastern European cuisine featuring Chef Cathie Shastri. Large vegetarian selection, fresh seafood, filet mignon, duck and Indian curries.

Vegetarian

Laughing Seed Cafe (40 Wall St., Downtown, 828-252-3445) - International vegetarian cuisine using organic ingredients and newly harvested, locally grown produce; serving organic coffees and teas as well as organic wines; selection of microbrewed and imported beers. Lunch & dinner 7 days.

Cafe Max & Rosie's (52 N. Lexington Ave., Downtown, 828-254-5342) - Good food and atmosphere with healthy lunch & dinner specials. Scrumptious sandwiches, salads, rice and tempeh dishes, New York bagels, and fruit salads. Offering a full juice bar and the best veggie burger in town!

Earth Fare (Westgate Shopping Center, West Asheville, 828-253-7656) - A giant health food grocery store, but inside is a healthy buffet style lunch/dinner fare with tables both inside and outside- plus nutritious take out by the pound lunch and dinner goodies. Open 7 days a week from 9 am to 9 pm.

Seafood

Magnolia's Raw Bar & Grille (26 Walnut St., Downtown, 828-251-5211) - Located in the historic district of downtown Asheville, Magnolia's is known for its fresh seafood and lively atmosphere. Three dining rooms, a full service bar, and a year-round outdoor patio. Lunch & dinner.

The Poseidon (1327 Tunnel Rd., Oteen, 828-298-4121) - A steak & seafood house and lounge well known for its fresh seafood and Greek influences. With its decor of emerald green and gold, fountains and goldfish, the Poseidon is more than a dining experience - it is an elegant escape.

Savoy Restaurant (641 Merrimon Ave., 828-253-1077) - Voted 1995 People's Choice Award, Savoy offers unique fresh pasta and seafood in a casually elegant atmosphere. The pastel decorum and local art that lines the walls adds a refreshing note to the dining experience. Serving lunch & dinner.

Italian/Pizza

Vincenzo's (10 N. Market St., Downtown, 828-254-4698) - Known as Asheville's finest Northern Italian restaurant, Vincenzo's has a formal dining room upstairs, and a full service bar & casual dining room downstairs with piano music. Open for lunch and dinner. Reservations recommended.

Pastabilities (90 Patton Ave., Downtown, 828-253-7444) - Excellent deli Italian food served in a flash. Gourmet pizza from traditional pesto to white garlic and hot oven subs filled with meats, cheeses, vegetables & spices in many combinations. Also serving salads, and a selection of wine & beer. (West Asheville location, 743 Haywood Rd., 258-2686)

Barley's Brew Pub/ Universal Pizza Company (42 Biltmore Ave., 828-255-0504) - Best pizza and beer in town, Barley's has a lively and friendly atmosphere. Pizza by the pie or by the slice. Vegetarian-friendly. 24 Beers on tap. Located in Downtown Asheville near Pack Square.

Oriental

China Palace (4 S. Tunnel Rd., 828-298-7098) - An Asheville favorite for many years, China Palace offers an extensive menu, efficient service & an atmosphere not too formal, but casual & friendly. Kids menus, family dinner combinations and vegetarian entrees available. Lunch & dinner.

Kyoto Japanese Steak & Seafood House (4 Regent Park Blvd., 828-252-5903) - Hibachi Style cooking at your table by experienced chefs . Offering a variety of healthy steak and seafood dishes, plus entertainment. Early bird specials 4:30-6:30, plus nightly specials. Kids menu available.

Mexican

Pedro's Porch (1 Lodge St., Biltmore Village, 828-274-9388) - Established in 1981, Pedro's has become an Asheville favorite. Offering Sizzling Fajitas, Quesadillas, Burritos, Enchiladas, Chimichangas, Chiles Relleno, Taco Salad, Mexican Pizza. All ABC permits & a whole lot of fun!

Rio Burrito (11 Broadway, Downtown, 828-253-2422) - Es muy bueno con cervesa ! A recent addition to downtown, the Rio is busy at lunch but well worth the wait (also open evenings). Spanish tile throughout with a contemporary look. Burrito "a su gusto", must come hungry and ready to eat alot.

Salsa Mexican Caribbean Food Take Out (6 Patton Ave., Downtown, 828-252-9805) - Authentic Mexican and Caribbean cuisine with a bite, in the heart of downtown Asheville. Many mouth-watering specials to choose from daily. Take out, with limited seating. Lunch and dinner.

Cafe-Coffee Houses



Vincent's Ear (63 B N. Lexington Ave., Downtown, 828-259-9119) - Downtown's hippest coffeehouse & bar. Features local art, live music and conversation. Offering a wide selection of coffees, beers, and lite snacks (bagels, burritos, etc.). Open 7 Days. 18 and over only.

The New French Bar ( One Battery Park Ave., Downtown, 828-252-3685) - An Asheville favorite, the French Bar is a downtown bistro with a selection of wines, coffees, and baguettes. Its elegant interior and street-side setting make it the perfect place for an afternoon or evening rendezvous.

Malaprop's (61 Haywood St., Downtown, 828-254-6734) - An incredible and diverse bookstore w/ a downstairs cafe offering lots of interesting baked goods, coffee, and smoothies. Poetry, live music and other performances are all common occurrences at Malaprop's Cafe. Rotating art exhibit. 7 Days.

Beanstreets Coffeehouse (3 Broadway, Downtown, 828-255-8180) - West Coast style coffeehouse in downtown Asheville that offers plenty of conversation, excellent fresh brewed coffees and a menu ranging from bagels & muffins to veggie burgers &curried chicken salad. A cafe for all ages.

Gold Hill Espresso & Fine Teas (64 Haywood St., across from Public Library, 828-254-3800) - An intimate coffeehouse serving espresso, cappuccino, coffee and 40 varieties of tea; bagels, baked goods and sandwiches. Downtown location.

Old Europe Coffee House (Full Liquor license)(Flatiron Bldg., 18 Battery Park Ave., Downtown, 828-252-0001) - Coffee, tea, and an overwhelming selection of gourmet sweets including pastries, cookies, croissants, sandwiches, soup, etc.

Deli/Sandwich/Bakery

Superette (78 Patton Ave., Downtown, 828-254-0255) - A family-owned restaurant and deli offering a variety of middle Eastern dishes including Jordanian, Lebanese and Egyptian "deli style" appetizers, salads and sandwiches from hummus to rice pilaf. Gourmet coffee and desserts. Lunch all day.

Max's Celebrity Deli Grill & Bar (130 College St., 828-258-1162) - Movie stars, spectacular food, and a casual dining experience with a Greek influence, at Max's Deli "where the food is famous and every customer's a star!" Sandwiches, subs and Mediterranean entrees in the heart of downtown.

Blue Moon Bakery (60 Biltmore Ave., 828-252-6063) - Blue Moon is a traditional-style bakery, restaurant and gourmet store. Buy a fresh loaf of bread baked in a French stone-deck hearth oven, and have a sandwich or an Italian sweet while you're there. A bistro setting in downtown Asheville.

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