Black Mountain is the cutest little town about 20 minutes east of Asheville. If you’re visiting the area, I highly recommend checking out some of the Black Mountain restaurants as they are just as good and less crowded (sometimes) as restaurants in Asheville.

Outdoor activities are what bring a lot of people to the area, but don’t underestimate what main street has to offer. You may just decide that you’ll have to come back and spend a weekend here.

Tyler and I love it here – there are so many fun things to do in Black Mountain. We visit a few times a year and love going out to these places.

For a small town there is such a variety of great restaurants available. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or dinner you can find a place that will satisfy everyone in your group.

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If you’re interested in the shops of Black Mountain and how to spend a few hours in town then check out Exploration Solo’s guide to Black Mountain.

17 Top Restaurants in Black Mountain

1. Louise’s Kitchen

There is so much charm in this little restaurant. It’s located in an old house with a wraparound porch a few blocks off of the main street. There is minimal parking, so if you don’t get a spot on the street, then you can park at the bank right behind it.

These days they’re still stopping people to order at a podium outside but you are allowed to sit inside now. The line always looks long but it moves relatively quickly. I highly recommend getting there very soon after they open.

I usually get the breakfast burrito (SO GOOD) but I’ve also had the French Toast and biscuits and gravy. Both are very good but the Big Boy Burrito is still my favorite.

When the weather is nice, nothing beats sitting outside at a table in the yard or on the porch. They have vinyl curtains to extend the season on their porch but I’m not sure if they’ve installed heaters for the dead of winter.

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2. Blue Ridge Biscuit Company

A huge biscuit loaded with cheese, chicken strips, bacon, and smothered in gravy all on top of a cobalt blue plate. A Black Mountain staple.

My favorite dish to get here is The Lookout – a cathead biscuit sprinkled with cheddar cheese, topped with two fried chicken tenders, two slices of bacon, all smothered in sausage gravy. It’s the perfect meal before a long day of hiking.

They offer fresh baked goods daily and they’ll rotate out items as things sell out. Their cinnamon rolls look like they could compete with my Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls and that’s saying a lot.

When you walk in, you order at the counter before you sit down and they have adorable mismatched coffee mugs. Their coffee is roasted especially for them by local Dynamite Coffee Roasters and you can purchase it there.

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3. Dripolator Coffeehouse

If you want a light breakfast then Dripolator is a popular stop. Their coffee drinks are amazing and they have lots of breads and pastries to choose from.

On weekends the line is often out the door so just keep in mind you’ll want to come out early. In addition to coffee you can get delicious fruit smoothies here too.

The inside is super cozy and cute so it’s a great hang out spot but a little loud if you want to get some work done – unless you visit during the week.

The Dripolator reminds me of CRU cafe – one of the restaurants in Beaufort – where you can pick up light breakfast items and coffee drinks.

4. Open Oven Brunch & Bakery

I finally made it out to Open Oven and I can’t believe I waited so long. This place is so freakin good!

Their menu is enormous so it’s pretty hard to choose. You can put your name on the waiting list though and then look at menus while you wait or roam the shops downtown until they text you.

You can find anything from breakfast sandwiches to omelettes to waffles here and they have some fun specialties like ‘Chokes on Eggs and The Morning Melt.

When the weather is nice they have tons of outdoor seating and it’s so nice to sit outside.

5. Black Bear Tavern

So this place actually really surprised me. I hadn’t heard much about it – maybe because it isn’t downtown, but I’m so glad that we tried it one day.

They serve breakfast and lunch but dinner is only served Friday and Saturday nights. I’ve only been for breakfast and it was hearty and tasted so so good.

It has a tavern-like feel too so it’s very homey. It’s located in the Village of Cheshire (neighborhood name) just a few minutes from downtown.

6. Cousins Cuban Cafe

This is one of the relatively new Black Mountain restaurants but it immediately shot up on my list of favorites when I went to lunch here.

They serve traditional Cuban fare for breakfast and lunch as well as Cuban coffee. I had one of their Cubano Bowls, the Vaca Frita de Pollo – Garlic Lime Chicken and was in love.

Tyler and my brother-in-law got two different sandwiches and were very happy with their choices too.

They also have a small case at the front with empanadas that looked amazing.

7. Veranda Café

This café is right off of Cherry Street, close to everything so stop by here when you want to take a break from shopping. It does have a few cute items for sale in the front in case there’s a wait you can browse.

We had great service and food plus if you order a mimosa, they give you a half-bottle of champagne and a little pitcher of orange juice. So you get to make your own (my favorite kind)! They also offer many different local craft beers.

My favorite thing to get here is the Bavarian Pretzel Club and She-Crab Soup when they have it. They’re known for soups, salads, sandwiches, and wraps and are only open for lunch.

8. Trailhead

This is another great place for sandwiches but they also have fantastic entrees too. There’s a lively atmosphere in the evenings since they have a great bar with tons of craft beer options – 19 taps!

The sandwich shown above is the Linville Falls – fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, and provolone on brioche. Their fries are always crispy and amazing too.

This is one of my family’s favorite places to eat when we visit Black Mountain and they’ve enjoyed The Black Balsalm Knob (grilled tuna), Hickory Nut Falls (steak), and The Mountain to Sea (fried fish).

9. Black Mountain Kitchen & Ale House

A couple of years ago I believe there was an ownership change or rebranding and their menu was shortened considerably. Even so, this is one of the most popular places in town to watch the game and drink craft beer.

The best thing on the menu hands down is their chicken sandwich which you can get hot or regular. My husband loves the hot but it is way too much heat for me.

They do have a big list of craft beers which is a huge draw here. They’re also right across the street from Black Mountain Brewing which is super convenient for after-dinner drinks.

10. Fresh Wood Fired Pizza

Pizza with spinach, bacon, chicken, feta, and tomatoes.

I am a huge fan of wood-fired pizza and Fresh has some of the best. The place is small and can be difficult to find if you don’t know where you’re going, but it is worth it my friends. They offer great salads and a variety of different pizzas as well as pasta.

If you aren’t a fan of charred crust, then ask them for no char and they will give you the most perfect pie you have ever seen.

If you want a bit more laid back atmosphere, then go to Lookout Brewing across the street and you can order your pizza to go and eat it at the picnic tables outside. They also have tables inside Lookout where it is much less crowded.

11. Black Mountain Bistro

One of the most consistently amazing restaurants in Black Mountain, the Bistro is always a good choice. They probably have my favorite Shrimp & Grits of all time because the grit cakes are fried.

Their chicken sandwich, the SOOO!! Gouda, is also fantastic. This is another place we love to take friends and family when we visit town together because there’s just such a great variety on the menu.

The atmosphere is nice without being too fancy and there will definitely be a wait at peak dinner times.

12. Berliner Kindl German Restaurant

Want to try German food? Well there’s a Black Mountain restaurant for that too.

At Berliner Kindl you can get multiple types of schnitzel, German sausage platters, and sandwiches.

I came here for lunch once during the week and it wasn’t crowded at all which was so nice. The inside of the restaurant is super cute too.

13. Foothills Butcher Bar

If you love burgers then run – do not walk – to Foothills Butcher Bar. This was one of my all-time favorite burgers that I’ve ever had.

I got their regular Foothills Burger and Tyler tried the Carolina Burger which came with chili and coleslaw on it of course.

When I saw it come out, I didn’t think I could eat all of it but I proved myself wrong. Every bit was delicious.

They’re also a butcher bar – you order food at the counter to the left when you walk in but we also took home some peppered bacon. They have food trucks in Asheville as well.

14. The Grocery – Market and Bar

This is another fun surprise in town! It’s a fantastic place for small bites and to share multiple plates like tapas. The menu changes occasionally so what you see here likely isn’t on the menu anymore.

We loved getting drinks with another couple here and sharing charcuterie and tacos. The decor is super fun and it’s also located in the same building as a local market (hence the name).

At the market you’ll find local foods, house made food like sausage, a great beer and wine selection, and a meat and seafood counter.

15. Bush Farmhouse

This Black Mountain restaurant opened in 2021 and has really made a name for themselves. They specialize in South African cuisine which makes them incredibly unique!

It even has the farmhouse feel and indoor seating is inside an older house while outdoor seating has a bit of a barn yard feel. The bar area is covered but then the other part of outdoor seating is among the hoophouse, raised beds, and there are even farm animals outside.

I had the catch of the day (pictured above) with saffron rice and a side salad. The fish was cooked perfectly and I loved the seasonings.

If you aren’t an adventurous eater then this may not be the place for you but if you love trying new things or are used to eating varied cuisines then I highly recommend it!

16. Lookout Brewing/Mac’s Burgers & Cheesesteaks

Beer from Lookout Brewing.

Lookout is the one previously mentioned that’s across the road from Fresh. It doesn’t look like a brewery, but it’s at the end of a metal building with picnic tables at the end of the parking lot. They’ve got a small covered patio on the end of the building and have beautiful wooden tables inside.

They have phenomenal beers here – I love their Pubhouse Porter and Raspberry Wit. You’ll also find a permanent food truck here called Mac’s Burgers & Cheesesteaks. They actually have a brick & mortar location down the road which has been popular with locals for years.

They are best known for their fantastic burgers!

17. Black Mountain Brewing/Smoke Black Mountain

Black Mountain Brewery coaster on a concrete counter beside a partially drank beer.

This one is right on the main drag coming into town. It’s a little small on the inside, but order at the bar and go out the back. They have an awesome outdoor seating area.

They brew in small batches so it there is always something different on tap when we visit. Makes things interesting.

Their food truck out back is called Smoke Black Mountain. They serve shareable plates like poutine, smoked chicken wings, and curly fries plus paninis with pulled pork, brisket, or as a shrimp po’ boy.

Bonus: The Hop Handcrafted Ice Cream

If you love sweets like me then of course you’ll be on the lookout for where to get the best desserts. The Hop started in Asheville and then opened a satellite location in downtown Black Mountain.

When strawberries were in season they had the most amazing strawberry ice cream (shown above) and fun flavors like Lavendar Vanilla and Blueberry Kale.

You can get milkshakes, sundaes, hot fudge brownies, or a variety of toppings and make it your own.

The best part is they have ice cream for dogs! Our dog Barley loves it.

Wrap Up: Best Black Mountain Restaurants

If you’re in the Asheville area, don’t overlook Black Mountain. It’s the perfect place to hang out for the day and enjoy a hike, some shopping, and great food and drinks.

If you prefer a quieter vacation, it’s also a great place to stay and only 20 minutes from Asheville. An Uber ride costs about $15-$20 depending on the time.

It’s the perfect place to relax and slow down from everyday life.

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