Cecilia’s Kitchen

At her warm and inviting café in historic North Asheville, Chef-Owner Cecilia Marchesini takes guests on a culinary tour of the many cultures that have influenced her since her childhood in Argentina.

Here you’ll find authentic homemade empanadas and crêpes (both savory and sweet) alongside tamales, soups, sandwiches, salads, and daily specials. Marchesini takes care to buy local ingredients whenever possible, such as the pork in her popular Cuban sandwich, the eggs in the La Paysanne crêpe (which also features turkey bacon, tomato, leeks, Swiss cheese and cream), or the vegetables found in numerous dishes. The restaurant offers a popular brunch on Saturdays and Sundays, along with carefully curated wines and handcrafted cocktails.

Be sure to check out the sister restaurant, La Guinguette, in Black Mountain, or the Ceci’s Culinary Tour food truck, regularly stationed at local breweries and farmers markets.

Pomodoros Greek & Italian Café

Twisted Laurel

Twisted Laurel Restaurants offer casual, creative Mediterranean-inspired comfort foods for lunch and dinner with dozens of regional beers on tap, craft cocktails, wines, desserts and more with locations in Pack Square Park in Downtown Asheville and on Main Street in Weaverville. Independent and locally owned, Twisted Laurel is perfect for everything from a family meal out, a date night, a work lunch, to meeting friends over drinks, either inside our spacious dining rooms or on one of our dog-friendly patios.

Twisted Laurel Downtown is also home to one of Asheville’s premier private event spaces, The Daphne Room, with its layout options, full bar, private bathrooms, and AV packages, can host a variety of special events from rehearsal dinners to corporate luncheons to birthday parties. Off-site catering is also available throughout Western North Carolina.

Twisted Laurel Restaurants - with something for everyone!

Go Local Asheville

As you know by now, Asheville is an incredibly special place. One particularly important reason you love our community is the local independent businesses.

Go Local Asheville currently serves over 560 local independent business members and over 4,000 Go Local cardholders.

Why is it important to support local independent businesses?

They are the backbone of Asheville’s economy. They are better positioned to respond to the needs of our community, our cultural organizations, and nonprofits, and are inherently tied to Asheville’s future.

More specifically, local independent businesses:

1). Grow Asheville’s unique character and inspire entrepreneurship.

2) Encourage decision-making and civic engagement at the local level.

3). Increase environmental resilience and responsibility.

4). Focus on collaboration and healthy competition.

5). Keep our dollars in Asheville’s local economy resulting in more jobs and increased wages.

6). Strengthen the local supply chain by replacing imported goods and services.

How does Go Local Asheville support the local independent business community?

1). By educating the community about the importance of buying from and supporting local independent businesses.

2). By offering businesses free membership

3). By selling Go Local cards to individuals that can be used for perks and discounts at over 560 local independent businesses.

We asked our business members why they chose to become a member of Go Local Asheville. The top reason they shared is pride in our local community. Our businesses care about keeping Asheville unique and the special place our visitors like to come back to year after year after year.

How can you buy a Go Local card?

The Go Local card cost $18 and is sold on-line and at businesses all over Asheville. To find out where, go to: Get Your Go Local Card | Go Local Asheville

How do you know who accepts the Go Local card?

Once you have a card, look for Go Local decals in stores, restaurants, shops and salons around Asheville. Or you can also go to our on-line directory and search by category, location, or collection.

Follow us on Instagram or Facebook to learn more about Asheville's local independent business community.

Hi-Wire Brewing Big Top

Located half a mile from the Biltmore Estate just up the road from Hi-Wire's South Slope Specialty Brewery, which was the brewery's original location, Hi-Wire Brewing opened the 27,000-square-foot Big Top Taproom & Production Brewery in the summer of 2015.

The Big Top brings the brewing process to life by giving craft beer drinkers the opportunity to enjoy a pint of Hi-Wire’s approachable and balanced lagers and ales beside the tanks where they were created. This large, industrial-feeling space features ample seating, an outdoor patio, a bier garden, a permanent Foothills Local Meats food truck serving the best in local, pasture-raised meats with vegetarian options available, and it is home to most of Hi-Wire’s large events and beer festivals.

Hi-Wire also has a third Asheville location opening in summer 2021 – the Hi-Wire RAD Beer Garden – in the River Arts District that features an outdoor beer garden constructed from upcycled shipping containers attached to a 25,233-square-foot Hi-Wire distribution center.

Rabbit Rabbit Asheville

A partnership between two of Asheville’s coolest, hella-local, family-owned businesses has created the one-of-a-kind Rabbit Rabbit ! Asheville Brewing Company & Orange Peel Events bring their experience, passion, and creativity to keep Asheville and visitors entertained.
Asheville’s largest downtown outdoor space offers live music from nationally touring bands, movies, comedy shows and more. Family friendly and free unless we have a ticketed event scheduled.
Avl Taco Food truck always on premise, craft beer from Asheville Brewing Company, cocktails.
6 corn-hole sets, laddergolf, and other fun yard games for your group to enjoy.
Large groups always welcome as we are located on 1 and a 1/3 acres in beautiful downtown on the South Slope.

Parkway Picnics

Parkway Picnics offers luxury picnics in the heart of Asheville. All picnics are curated by local vendors, creating unique eating experiences for all occasions.

Baked Pie Company

Our pies are made daily with the freshest and highest quality ingredients.

We think our customers deserve only the best!

Give us 48 hours and we will make you any whole pie that we feature just for you.

Call to place your order today.

Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours

Experience Asheville from the rooftops!

You’ll spend three hours exploring three of Asheville’s highly acclaimed rooftop bars on a tour with TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Award winning, Asheville Rooftop Bar Tours. Your tour experience includes spectacular views of our city’s Art Deco treasures from the 1920’s as well as the beauty of the timeless Blue Ridge Mountains. Each tour is led by our expert local guides sharing Asheville history from the rooftops as you enjoy a complimentary craft cocktail or mocktail (0% alcohol) at each stop including reserved seating, with transportation included. We allow plenty of time at each stop for additional drinks and food and local craft beer selections, so save your appetite for the tour! We'll even take the photos for you.

Daily tours offered year-round, rain or shine, with rooftop fire pits and covered or spacious indoor areas for great outdoor viewing. Group rates and private group tours are available. Discover what makes Asheville so unique from the rooftops with us!

Luella’s Bar-B-Que

Luella’s Bar-B-Que is the home of hand-pulled perfection where every order is a made-from- scratch masterpiece for your mouth.

Our purpose is to provide enrichment to our team, guests and the Asheville community fabric in a way that creates lasting enjoyment and enduring relationships. With two locations and a large presence in the catered events industry, we are known to be the neighborhood gathering place where guests are treated with inspired hospitality and craveable Southern flavors, and we even bend a few barbecue traditions here and there.

We are committed to providing a safe environment for our staff and our community, closely following CDC guidelines and all health and safety protocols recommended by state and city officials. We have installed REME HALO® Air Purifiers at both Luella’s locations and our dining rooms are safely open.

We invite you to Taste The Love®