Lunch

Going out to eat isn't always about cravings. Often enough, mealtimes dictate our choices, limiting restaurant possibilities. When circumstances narrow the options, let 10Best help. We'll direct you to the best Lunch restaurants in Asheville and save you the hassle of calling around for business hours. 10Best readers find much to enjoy at Burgermeister's thanks to its all-around good offerings. It's also hard to beat Salsa's, which serves just what you're looking for when you're in the market for a great Lunch.

10 Laurey's Catering & Gourmet-to-Go
Searching for a place to grab a quick bite of lunch or to gather provisions for a sunny-day picnic? Laurey's is the go-to place. The catering shop will make you a delicious sandwich or salad, or they'll test your resolve with their sweets and baked goods. Local foods and farms are the focus of the business, and the freshness and quality of the ingredients are evident in Laurey's tasty fare. There's even a Garden Room if you're in need of a venue for hosting your own gathering. (828-252-1500)

9 Bistro
Filled with light and warmed by a wood-plank ceiling, charming Bistro has an open kitchen at its heart, and diners can catch glimpses of everything good coming out of its bounds. Amid wrought iron and touches of greenery, they treat themselves to duck cassoulet, potato-crusted grouper, grilled lamb chops, and pecan-crusted mountain trout. Pork, chicken, and steaks can also be had, and at lunch, hot sandwiches, salads, and brick-oven pizzas are also at the ready. (828-225-6231, 800-411-3812)

8 Loretta's
When there's a line out the door, you know the place has got to be good. And such is the case here. Crowds assemble each day to order soups, salads, and sandwiches that are uniformly fresh and tasty. Be prepared to take your lunch back to desk (or the park), though — Loretta's has very little room inside to sit. (828-253-3747)

7 Over Easy Cafe
This unassuming cafe and juice bar specializes in organic and vegetarian breakfasts. It does a brisk business serving local folks free-range eggs and antibiotic-free meats farmed by reputable suppliers. Everything is created in small batches, ensuring quality and excellent flavor. Look for huevos rancheros, a tofu or tempeh scramble, thick-cut French toast, and basic eggs and sausage. Pancakes, build-your-own omelets, sandwiches, and lots of delectable juices also ensure a good start to your morning. (828-236-3533)

6 Rosetta's Kitchen
Vegetarian eatery draws diners with delightfully intriguing fare and an inviting dining room and patio. (828-232-0738)

5 Mosaic Cafe & Coffeehouse
Mosaic's name is obvious when you see its patterned tabletops, but it's also more subtly indicated by the menu's varied offerings. Deli sandwiches are assembled with your choice of bread, fresh panini options such as roasted chicken with marinara or choose a classic reuben using Boars Head deli meats and cheeses. Salads, soups, and desserts also come into play, and daily specials further expand the possibilities. Look, too, for hot and cold teas and coffees, along with frosty fruit smoothies. (828-670-8833)

4 Burgermeister's
When you come across a topnotch burger joint, you can be pretty sure that the beef is going to be excellent and the toppings broad. But, you don't usually expect fresh-made salads, hot and cold sandwiches and a variety of vegetarian offerings. That's the way Burgermeister's likes to shake things up. Burgers are spiced with everything from Jamaican jerk seasoning to guacamole, jalapenos, bleu cheese, and even Guinness. Healthy oils and ingredients are standard in all preparations, but you're on your own with the milkshakes and homemade chocolate chip cookies! (828-225-2920)

3 Salsa's
This tiny, local success story is just the sort of place you want to frequent when the weather's chilly and spring seems far away. It turns out amazing Latin-Caribbean fare, lavishing freshness and flavor on its menu with abandon and attracting a strong, loyal clientele in the process. While the interior is subdued, the food absolutely sings. Lush soups, lively, savory fish burritos, exemplary margaritas, a wonderful pork plate, shrimp empanadas and fresh, zesty salsas are among the delicious options. The menu changes to feature seasonal ingredients, and the place even sells its own hot sauce. (828-252-9805)

2 Doc Chey's Noodle House
This popular Atlanta-based noodle joint enjoys comparable appeal in downtown Asheville, and it's pretty certain that you'll have to wait for a seat if you don't go early. Serving a wide variety of Asian-themed dishes, Doc Chey's offers large portions at incredibly reasonable prices. Thai coconut chicken soup makes for a wonderful appetizer, as do the shrimp rolls. Main courses include everything from Szechuan vegetables to Vietnamese vermicelli and udon noodles. Broths, tinged with fresh herbs, are flavorful and ideal for slurping. (828-252-8220)

1 Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company
At first glance, this restaurant/brew pub/movie theater never fails to attract attention. It boasts a metallic, oddly curved exterior and an enormous, purple gorilla, and first-time patrons often wonder just what to expect. Inside, the sparse, gently used decor is a perfect backdrop for the restaurant's extensive selection of locally crafted microbrews and its eclectic menu. Diners can choose from a variety of salads, quesadillas, sandwiches, pastas, and pizzas, each named after movie and television icons. The local favorite is Popeye's Spinach burger, a savory spinach patty with grilled onions, mushrooms, and cheese. There are also gourmet pizza selections as well as a create-your-own pizza option and a wide variety of crusts and sauces from which to choose. Two movies play nightly on the big screen, and selections change weekly. (828-254-1281)


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Laurey's Catering & Gourmet-to-Go 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Deli
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Parties / Private Rooms, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Bistro 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental, European, Italian, Southern
Dining Options: Family Friendly
Neighborhood: Biltmore Area
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Loretta's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Over Easy Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Rosetta's Kitchen 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Delivery, Family Friendly, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Mosaic Cafe & Coffeehouse 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Catering, Counter Seating, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Coffee Shop, Continental
Neighborhood: ENKA
COST: $
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Burgermeister's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Burger
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: West Asheville
COST: $
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Salsa's 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Take Out
Cuisine: Caribbean, Latin, Mexican
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Doc Chey's Noodle House 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: Asian
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Asheville Pizza and Brewing Company 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, European, Italian, Pizza
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Family Friendly, Group Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: GROVE PARK INN
COST: $