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Trying to find the best Cafés in Asheville? 10Best has you covered. Our editors and locals search the city and suburbs for the top places. Then, we showcase popular restaurants like Tupelo Honey Cafe, and we highlight eateries with great user reviews, like Mosaic Cafe & Coffeehouse. We also help you find areas where Cafés are prominent - Downtown, for example - so that you not only get terrific dining recommendations, but you also have choices to boot. After all, if you're going to eat, you may as well do it right and take advantage of Asheville's best.


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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.

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Biltmore Area
Stable Cafe


An eatery carved out of a Victorian-era stable may seem a bit odd, but this laid-back spot is all charm, done up in the eminently tasteful style that is characteristically Biltmore. The pub-like interior is bright and gleaming, and its proximity to the mansion makes it a good prospect for a casual lunch. Start with black-eyed pea cakes, jazzed up with a corn and red pepper relish, before settling into an Angus beef burger with bleu cheese and bacon. Other considerations include a barbecue sandwich, baby back ribs, rotisserie chicken, and \"everything is homemade\" deli sandwiches. Admission to the Biltmore Estate is required to dine at the Stable Cafe.

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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.

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Ophelia's World Cafe & Bar


Cozy lighting and atmosphere make this enticing cafe a good bet when you want a meal with flavors beyond the status quo. The kitchen at the funky New American restaurant uses fresh, locally-grown, organic ingredients to create outstanding "urban world" dishes. What this means is a menu that sifts through global cuisines and then presents their best dishes. It includes a Middle Eastern platter, habanero pulled pork quesadillas, chimichangas, and lots of seasonal offerings. Colorful desserts are also worth sampling.

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Laughing Seed Cafe
Photo courtesy of ExploreAsheville.com


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.

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