When one local business closes in Asheville, another opens, which makes it hard to keep tabs on all the newest places to experience. To simplify things, we’ve rounded up some of the newest Asheville restaurants, bars, breweries, and other businesses to frequent on your next trip to our mountain town. 

Check out what’s new this month below. 

Good Hot Fish

The long-awaited restaurant from former Top Chef contestant and Benne on Eagle chef Ashleigh Shanti has finally opened at 10 Buxton Street in the South Slope Brewing District. Good Hot Fish is a fish fry restaurant where Shanti mixes ideas from traditional fish camps with Black Appalachian and Southern cuisine. What started as a pop-up around town soon became a craze and is now a brick-and-mortar for everyone to enjoy. From her famous ​​fish sandwiches to hush puppies, hot crab dip, and more, this restaurant has to be on your Asheville restaurant bucket list this year. 

Eda’s Hide-a-Way

You know and love Eda Rhyne Distilling Co., a beloved Asheville distillery that captures the flavors of Southern Appalachia. Now, meet Eda’s Hide-a-Way, their newest location focused on the same craft spirits but now featuring brews, games, and a cozy neighborhood feel. Located at 1098 New Stock Road in Weaverville, this dive bar-esque spot is open Wednesday through Sunday from 3 p.m. to 12 a.m. and showcases a ton of live music to accompany your cocktail and ping-pong tournament. Meet your favorite new hideaway! 

The Dolly Llama Waffle Master

Not just your traditional dessert shop, the Dolly Llama Waffle Master has opened a new location in Biltmore Park in South Asheville. With several locations across California, Florida, Texas, Utah, and South Carolina, this is the first of its name in our state. Their menu offers tons of different varieties of ice cream and waffles, including liege waffles (a type of Belgian waffle made with pearl sugar), bubble waffles (egg waffles that taste a bit sweeter than your average waffle), ice cream shakes, and more. Find out why waffles don’t need syrup at the Dolly Llama Waffle Master!

Gauchinho Steakhouse

Experience the essence of Brazil at Gauchinho Steakhouse, the newest Brazilian Churrascaria-style steakhouse now open at 5 Westgate Parkway #100 in Asheville. It’s an all-you-can-eat buffet featuring a full salad bar, Brazilian hot dishes, and a rodizio of 15 different types of meats sliced directly at your table by a team of highly skilled Gauchos (cowboys of the South American pampas). Pair your meal with a selection of wines from Argentina, Chile, and California displayed on their wine wall. You won’t leave hungry when dining at Gauchinho Steakhouse.

La Rumba

If you’re looking for authentic Latin American cuisine, La Rumba is the newest restaurant gaining popularity for its delicious farm-fresh, traditional dishes. They source fresh ingredients from farmers and suppliers across the region and put an emphasis on offering both vegan and vegetarian dishes. La Rumba also offers a full brunch menu featuring all your favorites, like Huevos Rancheros, Chilaquiles, and Huevos Con Nopales. Explore some traditional flavors the next time you’re in Asheville!