If, Then for Asheville Restaurants, Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast
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If, Then for Asheville Restaurants

July 27, 2022

Asheville has a thriving food scene and travelers to the city will want to get a taste of it.  Guests at Pinecrest start their day with a hearty abundant breakfast that is fresh, hot, and homemade.  However, dinner in our Foodtopia can take some navigating.  We have suggestions to make the most of your time in our mountain town!

Reservations and Patience are Mandatory

In this case, the early bird gets the worm.  Plan and make reservations if you want to dine in the most popular eateries in Asheville.  Our virtual guestbook can help you narrow down your options based on locale, cuisine, and price.

However some restaurants are simply first come, first served.  Arrive as early as possible and be prepared for long wait times if one of these establishments is on your must-try list.

Spanish Tapas in Downtown Asheville

Curate is one of the most sought-after restaurants in Asheville. Serving Spanish tapas, they won the 2022 James Beard Award for Outstanding Hospitality.  Make reservations up to 60 days in advance. For inspiration, watch Chef Katie Button on Magnolia Network!

No reservations? No problem.  Visit their sister restaurant La Bodega by Curate.  This all-day cafe offers counter service downstairs.  Upstairs is seated service with lunch, brunch, and dinner menus.  Menus change seasonally with daily specials and a heavy influence of Spanish ingredients.  While entrees are available, order all the snacks for sharing and save room for dessert.

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It’s hard to choose at La Bodega!

Italy Meets Appalachia

Brian Canipelli is chef/owner of Cucina 24 on charming Wall Street.  Taste the traditions of Italian cooking with a twist of ingredients from the mountains.  While al a carte is available, we recommend the four-course dinner for the table.  Serious foodies only.  Make reservations on weekends and holidays for the best availability.

Contrada is neighbors with Cucina 24.  This small bar serves a lighter fare of pizza,  snacks, and cocktails.  Save room for the housemade gelato. Yum.

Pizza, Pizza, Pizza

A newcomer arrived on the South Slope in 2021.  Welcome, Harvest Pizzeria. First, put your name on the waitlist.  Then have a drink on their rooftop bar, Alta 39, with views of Mount Pisgah.  When your table is ready, order the arancini for a quick appetizer while you choose from thirteen different pizzas. We love “Save the Bees.” Who knew hot honey tastes so good on pizza?

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Harvest Pizzeria has the pies. Try the Spicy Yuma!

If the wait at Harvest Pizza is too long, head to White Labs Brewing Company.  They hit all the right notes:  counter service, full bar, indoor/outdoor seating, AND free parking.  Their menu is full of variety with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, and pizza.  First and foremost, they make yeast which means their pizza crust is exceptional.  We like their beer selection which showcases side-by-side yeasts from their two locations. Check the chalkboard for weekly specials!

Headquarters for Your Stay

Pinecrest Bed & Breakfast is ideally located only one mile from downtown Asheville and less than five minutes from major highways.  Yet with over an acre of wooded gardens, an oasis awaits.  The innkeepers, Dan and Diane, can curate your trip with insider tips. And don’t forget the breakfast.  Book your stay today!