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 Grovewood Café
Occupying a rolled-roof cottage that once housed the Homespun Shops of Biltmore Industries, Grovewood Cafe is a delightful place to enjoy carefully updated Southern fare. The brunch menu revels in juxtaposing textures and flavors, as seen in a beef filet with poached egg and asparagus, or grilled salmon with tomato dill butter, roasted potatoes and sauteed spinach. Quiche, pancakes, sandwiches, salads, and homemade desserts round out the à la carte menu. (828-258-8956)

9 Charlotte Street Grill And Pub
Whether you're in the mood for just drinks or for a full dinner, Charlotte Street Grill and Pub is your place. The reasonably priced, traditional American menu includes pastas, burgers, steaks and seafood. Some say the atmosphere in the dining room alone is the reason to come here. The room boasts dark wood walls and features deep, red velvet booths. (grill 828-253-5348, pub 828-252-2948)

8 Laughing Seed Cafe
Named after an Indonesian legend extolling the seeds of a plant that supposedly promotes divine conversation and physical satiation, this cafe has been a city mainstay for decades. Dedicated to local, organic ingredients and a global food sensibility, it puts folks at ease as it caters to their myriad tastes. As such, it presents salads, sandwiches, roll-ups, empanadas, pastas, and dishes like pad Thai and a rosemary cider-braised seitan steak. A friendly waitstaff is also a constant, along with an all-natural vegetarian menu. Also offers a juice bar and seasonal outdoor dining. (828-252-3445)

7 Chelseas Cafe & Tea Room
Located in Biltmore Village, Chelsea's is a quaint little dessert place tucked away in a gift shop. Here you can find a unique gift for a lady, French and European antiques, wonderful desserts, fancy foods and even a proper English tea. (828-274-4400)

6 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)

5 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)

4 Blue Ridge Dining Room
If you're looking for an impressive place to dine, the Grove Park Inn is one of the area's finest establishments. Sophisticated diners appreciate the elegant affair, which is set against the backdrop of the Blue Ridge Mountains. A wall of windows lets you take in the scenery as you enjoy rack of lamb, a hearty Appalachian Paella, and Drunken Salmon with white cheddar grits. The restaurant is also known for its Friday night seafood buffet, Saturday evening prime rib buffet, and an exceptional Sunday brunch. (828-252-2711, 800-438-5800)

3 Tupelo Honey Cafe
Dark wood floors, muted yellow walls, bistro tables topped with flowers and additional sidewalk seating give this eatery upscale appeal. The kitchen serves tantalizing breakfasts such as New Orleans-style French toast, sweet potato pancakes and omelets with complimentary hot biscuits all day. Dinner options include shrimp and grits, nutty fried chicken with mashed sweet potatoes, and a veggie plate that might include organic honey-glazed carrots, marinated grilled tofu or candied ginger cornbread with peanut butter. (828-255-4863)

2 Early Girl Eatery
This café offers Southern breakfast favorites like eggs, grits, and toast with your choice of bacon, local or vegan sausage, or country ham. The kitchen offers healthier options as well, including granola with fresh fruit. Among the enticing brunch items are a vegan tofu scramble with peas, red onions, mushrooms, tomato, and spinach, and multigrain buttermilk pancakes with organic maple syrup. Seafood dishes highlight the dinner menu, along with a rib-eye steak, BBQ pork roast, and vegetarian options. (828-259-9292)

1 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)


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Grovewood Café 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, New American, Southern
Dining Options: Catering, Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: GROVE PARK INN
COST: $$
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Charlotte Street Grill And Pub 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $$
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Laughing Seed Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Dining Options: Bar / Lounge, Bar Dining, Delivery, Disabled Accessible, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Cuisine: Ethnic, Vegetarian
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Chelseas Cafe & Tea Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, British, European
Dining Options: Disabled Accessible, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Take Out
Neighborhood: Biltmore Area
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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Loretta's 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Dining Options: Take Out
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Blue Ridge Dining Room 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Continental
Dining Options: Catering, Family Friendly, Non-Smoking, Parties / Private Rooms
Neighborhood: GROVE PARK INN
COST: $$
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Tupelo Honey Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern
Dining Options: Bar Dining, Catering
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Early Girl Eatery 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American, Southern, Vegetarian
Dining Options: Non-Smoking
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $
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Over Easy Cafe 10Best List Arrow
Cuisine: American
Neighborhood: Downtown
COST: $