The holiday season is hectic, but once it’s over, most of us are left feeling a little blue. It’s back to business as usual, just in the cold, dreary winter weather. If you’re looking for a way to spice up a weeknight or something to get you out of the house this weekend, why not try a new restaurant? Asheville is well-known as a foodie town, and that certainly doesn’t stop when the snow falls. With tons of award-winning restaurants downtown, there’s plenty to choose from, but we’ve picked out seven of our favorites offering unique dining experiences to make winter a little warmer:
If you’re looking for a spot to break up the winter blues, the Corner Kitchen is the place to go during the holidays. Situated in the Biltmore Village, this lovely restaurant and all the surrounding shops and places to dine will be decked out for the holidays. As you stroll the brick streets on the way to the Corner Kitchen, you’ll be able to see historical architecture decorated for the season. The Corner Kitchen itself is quite the experience. A rustic farm-to-table restaurant serving up classy fare, the Corner Kitchen works to maintain their historical location’s provincial charm. With hearty entree options like pecan encrusted mountain trout and sweet potato gnocchi with brown butter crumbles, their seasonal menu is the perfect spot to find a warm dinner on a cold winter night.
If the winter doldrums have got you needing a night on the town, head downtown for a show at the Diana Wortham Theatre or a movie at the Fine Arts Cinema. Then, walk just a few blocks down the street for dinner at The Blackbird. Another farm-to-table gem, The Blackbird serves up locally-conscious Carolina inspired dishes, with a traditional twist. Everything you’ll see on your plate is as fresh as possible and from local suppliers. Their menu changes 4 times a year but varies from week to week to accommodate the freshest ingredients possible. For a unique meal that’s still a bit traditional, this is definitely the place to be. Some of their winter entrees include a goat cheese corn pie, cold smoked pork chop with all the fixin’s, and a delicious grilled heritage chicken.
There’s nothing like a cup of hot chocolate in the winter. We know the French Broad Chocolate Lounge isn’t exactly a restaurant, but it is the perfect place to spend a Saturday afternoon! Their relaxed atmosphere and dedication to our favorite thing in the world—chocolate—make this the best spot to stop in for a delicious chocolatey treat. Whether you’re an ice-cream-in-the-winter person, or you prefer a quality brownie or cookie, they’ve got something for every chocolate lover. Best of all, their full menu of sipping chocolates offers a tasty way to warm up this winter!
For a delicious, affordable restaurant to grab a casual bite and a beer, the Asheville Brewing Company location in North Asheville is the spot to be. Not only do they have delicious pizza and seasonal craft beers, they’ve got a movie theatre and vintage game room, making this the ideal place to bring the kids when you’re worn out and they’re still ready to go. Movies are just $3, and there’s a variety of pinball and classic arcade games that will give the kids something to do while you relax with a pint.
If you’re looking for a unique experience, and a fun thing to do on a lazy weekend this winter, check out Rhubarb’s Sunday Supper. Their every-Sunday event invites customers to sit down and break bread with other community members in a farm-to-table family-style dinner in three courses. It’s a great way to meet new people and share a delicious meal. If family style isn’t your style, then head to brunch for something amazing like Sweet Potato-Bacon Brioche French Toast. Otherwise, be sure to check them out on a weeknight. With interesting, locally sourced dishes like rhubarb glazed duck confit, and hearty staples like their heritage pork meatballs, there’s something for everyone on the menu.
Had a busy week? Need some time to catch up, and just slow down a minute? The holiday season can be hectic, and sometimes you have to take a minute to check in with the ones you love. HomeGrown is the perfect restaurant for an experience just like that. Their philosophy is to serve “slow food right quick” in a way that’s affordable for everyone. For a casual, healthy meal that’s locally sourced and based on an ever-changing menu, HomeGrown is your ideal stop. Their soups always wow, and with sandwiches like “Redneck Cuban,” “Sunburst Trout” and “Catfish Po’ Boy” you’re sure to find a new favorite at a price that’s easy on the wallet.
For date night this winter, check out Isa’s Bistro. A classic French Bistro boldly labeling themselves the best restaurant in all of Asheville, they’ve definitely got good eats. It’s an upscale restaurant with a contemporary feel, making it a great option for a night out. They also feature a rotating menu, but their Bang Bang cauliflower appetizer comes highly recommended, as does their duck confit. All in all, they’ve got a hearty menu of buttery, French comfort food, exactly what sounds good on a cold winter night!
Love the liveliness of downtown Asheville but want to live in peace and quiet? Then the Couch Mountain sustainable mountain community might be the place for you! Just minutes away from downtown Asheville, you’ll be able to experience the city and its wealth of restaurants whenever you want, with a peaceful setting waiting for you at home. Check out our few remaining mountain properties here, or give us a call at 866-936-5263.