5 Places to Eat on a Budget in Asheville North Carolina

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Eating on a budget is not something your usually hear in the Asheville area. With all of the amazing culinary options that exist, are birthing, and coming to our City; some of us will soon need to visit the bank and apply for a “Foodie Loan” just to experience it all each and every day. The deliciousness is like non-stop! But everyone is not willing, and many cannot pay $20, $50, $100 or $200 for a meal; even on a special occasion. And depending on the time of the day it is, and what you are doing; it may not make sense to eat expensive. Many “locals” who live and work in the area have expressed that they cannot afford to eat out in their own community. So these places came through, and now you can.

Here are a few places in the Asheville area that will not break the bank, but should and will satisfy your appetite!

1. Eats & Treats Cafe: this spot has incredible food for the price! I can go here and get a big, fresh, homemade breakfast for about $6. Lunch and Dinner are just a tad higher. In addition to this, they always have cake and other treats made by the owner herself; plus an Ice Cream station, just in time for the hot weather! You can eat inside, or hang out in the Gazebo or tables outside. Free Wifi too. They are located between Asheville & Weaverville in Woodfin NC.

2. Frank’s Roman Pizza: when it comes to great pizza is the Asheville area, Frank’s, who has been around for 35+ Years, somehow always takes the lead. And it is not just pizza. We are talking subs, salads, calzones and many Italian dishes that will make a native New Yorker feel at home, and a native North Carolinian feel as if they are in pizza heaven. Their prices are so right for the delicious food they serve. My favorite calzone in Asheville easy; possibly even better than Lenny’s in Brooklyn. $7 per person has been our average price when eating here with family and friends. They have locations in Asheville on Tunnel Rd right across from Walgreens, another location in West Asheville / Enka on Sardis Rd, and a third partner location in Woodfin NC.

3. Dragon China: this spot in West Asheville keeps the food delivery services busy all night long sometimes. Fresh, yummy, hot Chinese food.. cooked to order, along with great prices. It will be hard to find quality Asian food in the area that compares to this family run business.

4. Woody’s Hoagies: this place has the Cheesesteak right out of Philly! Great appetizers, hoagies, beer and pizza too. With their delish food and great pricing, this spot has become one of the best budget eating spots in AVL. They just recently started staying open until 2 in the morning on Friday and Saturday, which gives all of us a wonderful late-night food option!

5. Eddie’s Dog House: if you are looking for authentic hot dogs from Nathan’s, great burgers, 18 hour smoked beef brisket, french fries and onion rings… this is the spot for you! They even have a traveling food camper and can set up just about anywhere. Hot Dog!

Do you have any suggestions for eating on a budget in Asheville & WNC? Where can we eat on a budget in Weaverville, Hendersonville, Waynesville, Black Mountain and all of the other towns across Western North Carolina? Please comment below and let us know..

Asheville Foodie News May-June 2012

Wow!!! There is a whole lot of eating going on in Asheville North Carolina lately. We get around. And even better than that, we can also cover restaurants that are not advertising with us. What freedom and fun! So here are some local Asheville Foodie News experiences that we have had in the past few weeks:

Double D’s Coffee and Desserts in downtown Asheville is a community landmark. I love going to the upper level, all tight and crunched in, having some coffee, snacks, a meeting or just for fun. I even hired Audrey Goforth to do a photo shoot of my two daughters up there about 2 years ago. And the pictures came out awesome!!

Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is located in West Asheville on Patton Ave. This is one of the places that folks say has the best chicken in the area. The other popular choice being Little Pigs on McDowell St.

Strada Italiano in downtown Asheville has such a delicious Antipasto appetizer that, like me, you will be back for it again. Also see the Arancini recipe posted on their blog recently. Yum!

Brioso Fresh Pasta has recently blessed me with the best Ravioli in the area! This Italian restaurant is located in South Asheville in Biltmore Park Town Square and it is definitely worth stopping by. Read the blog post “Brioso Fresh Pasta in Asheville NC”

Bar of Soap on Merrimon Ave in North Asheville has a few food items on their menu in addition to there beer bar, laundry room and bookstore. I like sitting in the lounge area while many washing machines are going. It feels like I am reading a book on a kids roller coaster. And when you are drinking beer, oh my, the room spins hahaha.

Pho R Us opened recently in South Asheville. When we showed up to eat there, some of the staff from Asiana were leaving at the same time with big smiles on their faces. The food  and service is great. We watched the manager walk from table to table, introducing himself, sometimes sitting down, and making a personal connection with all. The decor definitely needs help, but that may come in time, hopefully sooner than later.

Tallgary’s Cantina in downtown Asheville has some great sliders on pretzel buns! A must try if you like beer or chicken sliders. Also see their blog post on Tacos and Wings.

Frank’s Roman Pizza in East Asheville has a delicious pepperoni pizza waiting for me! And you too. Great restaurant that has been in the area for 35 years now. I love the Calzone they make too!! Also see the Frank’s Roman Pizza Blog.

Nick’s Grill in North Asheville has an awesome cheeseburger pita among many other items that are made on the spot, while you wait, even if you are in the drive-thru.

Champa Thai and Sushi in downtown Asheville already has some great offerings. Here is the lunchbox they served us. So good! Big things planned for this restaurant in the up and coming months. A great twist and addition to the local foodie scene is evolving.

Sisters McMullen in North Asheville is a great breakfast spot and bakery. I have been going here for years. They have moved several times, but I have always been quick to find them!

Storm Rhum Bar is a great spot in downtown Asheville! I was meeting with Amy from OX+CO and she treated me to this delicious burger and beer.

Old Europe has been one of our fave places for years. Coffees and Desserts galore! They were forced out of their old location on Battery Park with a extreme rent increase years ago, had to shut down for awhile, but have since opened on on Broadway in downtown Asheville. Stop by and show your support for this great and delicious place.

White Duck Taco Shop in the Asheville River Arts District is our favorite taco restaurant in the area. We stood in line outside for 15 minutes, and then inside for another 5 minutes before we even got to order. And… it was worth every minute. Yes, it is that good!!!

Oh, and do not forget to read these other Asheville Foodie Posts:

1. A Visit to Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville

2. Asheville Restaurants in Biltmore Park Town Square

3. Cate’s Hot Dog Stand in Asheville – Meet Victor

4. Brioso Fresh Past in Asheville NC

Ok, I am getting hungry. One question: Have you been to these restaurants and foodie spots in Asheville? Please comment and tell us your experience. Thank you!


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