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Try Indian for lunch at Botiwalla.
Tim Robison

11 Asheville Lunch Spots For Midday Eats

From Indian fare to arepas, Asheville offers a wide range of reliable lunch options

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Try Indian for lunch at Botiwalla.
| Tim Robison

Our comprehensive list of local favorites makes finding the ideal lunch spot in Asheville easy. Most of these Appalachian spots are family-owned and offer lunch specials. Whether you are sitting down for lunch after wandering the Biltmore gardens or on your lunch break, these 11 options provide the best of Western North Carolina.

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Mamacita's Taqueria

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Mamacita’s Taqueria is a locally-owned family business operating since 2004. Located in downtown Asheville, this made-from-scratch restaurant is a local treasure for those looking for a quick lunch bite. No visit is complete without trying the birria burrito loaded with tender shredded beef, cheese, onion, and cilantro. 

Baby Bull

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Open Wednesday to Monday, Baby Bull is the burger counterpart to popular Asheville restaurant the Bull and Beggar, serving only six menu items. Make sure to stop by on Mondays for Burger Monday, which features a burger, fries, and pilsner (or soda) for $15.99.

A burger and fries.
A burger and fries from Baby Bull.
Erin Perkins

Little Chango

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Nestled in a small building in South Slope, Little Chango serves up cooked-to-order arepas and other Latin American dishes. Arrive between 11:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. to grab the lonchera deal, a lunch box filled with mamposteao rice and beans, escabeche salad, pickled cabbage and onions, and a choice of protein. 

Brett Watson and Heidi Bass started their culinary journey by selling sourdough bread on their front lawn. Three years later Mother has expanded to include tantalizing lunch offerings, including the famous jambon beurre sandwich served on a fresh warm baguette.

A ham and butter sandwich on a white plate.
The jambon beurre at Mother.
Jason B James

Taco Billy

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This family-owned and -operated restaurant is best known for its flavorful tacos loaded with local ingredients from WNC growers and producers. The popular (and affordable) breakfast tacos are available all day and come with homemade salsa. Closed on Mondays.

Pizza Mind

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Known for innovative pizzas (the Happy Wheel pizza tastes just like a Big Mac), Pizza Mind has been a staple in West AVL since 2017. Got little ones? Pizza Mind offers make-your-own pizza for kids to build their own pie, including tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.

Botiwalla

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Newly opened, this fast-casual space boasts a simple menu of Indian street food favorites (hello, matchstick okra fries) from James Beard 2022 Restaurant of the year, Chai Pani. The colorful and quirky dining room pairs effortlessly with the spice and savory notes of the restaurant’s bhel puri.

12 Bones Smokehouse

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Known as President Obama’s go-to when visiting Asheville, 12 Bones Smokehouse features slow-smoked meats and scratch-made Southern sides, including its life-changing corn pudding. Specials change daily.

La Rumba

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This family-run restaurant brings the flavors and culture of Veracruz into the Appalachian mountains. Excellent service paired with stand-out dishes such as the enfrijoladas and mole empanadas. Every visit to this Latin restaurant comes complete with complimentary elote.

Sand Hill Kitchen

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Don’t let the location of this restaurant fool you. It may be located in a gas station, however, Sand Hill Kitchen has been a lunch staple for Ashevillians, serving award-winning fried chicken sandwiches topped with homemade dilly pickles since 2017.

Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant

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This Korean restaurant serves dishes in sizzling Korean stone bowls, which heat and crisp up the rice. Arrive during lunch to take advantage of the lunch pricing, which includes a protein, two side dishes, two pan-fried dumplings, rice, and daily soup for $13 to $14.

Mamacita's Taqueria

Mamacita’s Taqueria is a locally-owned family business operating since 2004. Located in downtown Asheville, this made-from-scratch restaurant is a local treasure for those looking for a quick lunch bite. No visit is complete without trying the birria burrito loaded with tender shredded beef, cheese, onion, and cilantro. 

Baby Bull

Open Wednesday to Monday, Baby Bull is the burger counterpart to popular Asheville restaurant the Bull and Beggar, serving only six menu items. Make sure to stop by on Mondays for Burger Monday, which features a burger, fries, and pilsner (or soda) for $15.99.

A burger and fries.
A burger and fries from Baby Bull.
Erin Perkins

Little Chango

Nestled in a small building in South Slope, Little Chango serves up cooked-to-order arepas and other Latin American dishes. Arrive between 11:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. to grab the lonchera deal, a lunch box filled with mamposteao rice and beans, escabeche salad, pickled cabbage and onions, and a choice of protein. 

Mother

Brett Watson and Heidi Bass started their culinary journey by selling sourdough bread on their front lawn. Three years later Mother has expanded to include tantalizing lunch offerings, including the famous jambon beurre sandwich served on a fresh warm baguette.

A ham and butter sandwich on a white plate.
The jambon beurre at Mother.
Jason B James

Taco Billy

This family-owned and -operated restaurant is best known for its flavorful tacos loaded with local ingredients from WNC growers and producers. The popular (and affordable) breakfast tacos are available all day and come with homemade salsa. Closed on Mondays.

Pizza Mind

Known for innovative pizzas (the Happy Wheel pizza tastes just like a Big Mac), Pizza Mind has been a staple in West AVL since 2017. Got little ones? Pizza Mind offers make-your-own pizza for kids to build their own pie, including tomato sauce, cheese, and pepperoni.

Botiwalla

Newly opened, this fast-casual space boasts a simple menu of Indian street food favorites (hello, matchstick okra fries) from James Beard 2022 Restaurant of the year, Chai Pani. The colorful and quirky dining room pairs effortlessly with the spice and savory notes of the restaurant’s bhel puri.

12 Bones Smokehouse

Known as President Obama’s go-to when visiting Asheville, 12 Bones Smokehouse features slow-smoked meats and scratch-made Southern sides, including its life-changing corn pudding. Specials change daily.

La Rumba

This family-run restaurant brings the flavors and culture of Veracruz into the Appalachian mountains. Excellent service paired with stand-out dishes such as the enfrijoladas and mole empanadas. Every visit to this Latin restaurant comes complete with complimentary elote.

Sand Hill Kitchen

Don’t let the location of this restaurant fool you. It may be located in a gas station, however, Sand Hill Kitchen has been a lunch staple for Ashevillians, serving award-winning fried chicken sandwiches topped with homemade dilly pickles since 2017.

Stone Bowl Korean Restaurant

This Korean restaurant serves dishes in sizzling Korean stone bowls, which heat and crisp up the rice. Arrive during lunch to take advantage of the lunch pricing, which includes a protein, two side dishes, two pan-fried dumplings, rice, and daily soup for $13 to $14.

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