Starving for a good meal but don’t want to break the bank, or even a $20 bill?
Sure, there is some exotic and expensive dining in Asheville, but if you know where to look, you can still have a delicious lunch for five bucks or less. Some establishments will even sell lunch dishes at a loss and rely on sheer numbers of people to even out the profits. The restaurateurs here hope you’ll enjoy your lunch so much that you will come back for dinner, and order off of the more expensive dinner menus. The Asheville restaurants listed below are only a sample, so keep your eyes open for bargain meals!
Frazier’s Steak and Seafood
Frazier’s has all kinds of lunch specials with a variety of food. Among the range is seafood, from trout to shrimp, and meals come with your choice of many home cooked sides — for only $4.95. They don’t skimp on the portions either and you can count on either leaving with a to-go box or completely stuffed and in need of a dire need of a nap before going back to work.
- Frazier’s is open from 11 in the morning until 9 at night on Mondays, Thursdays, and Sundays. They serve from 11am until 10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Get in line for a fast, tasty meal and a cheap way to kill those hunger pains. They carry a variety of entrées for about $5. One of Urban Burrito’s cheese quesadillas will run you $4.75, and their famous tacos for about three dollars.
- This California-Mexican style restaurant is an Asheville institution and is open from 11-to-9pm on Sunday through Thursday and 11am-to-10pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
Grove Corner Market in the Grove Arcade
If you want to create your own lunch, then try getting a bean salad or some Oriental noodles, though be careful about portions since they charge by the pound. On cold, wintry days, try a steaming soup cup of at $3.75. They have great outdoor seating; though for heat’s sake, you may want to stay inside on the days you get soup.
- The Market’s hours are 8:30am until 9 at night Monday through Saturday and 11am-to-7 in the afternoon on Sundays.
Biltmore Village’s Kismet Café & Coffeehouse
Hopefully you like bacon, cheese and/or eggs, because Kismet Café has scrumptious breakfast items until 11am. Try a quiche or breakfast sandwich sandwiches, for less than $5. After lunch, try the soup, priced at $4.50 a cup. They also have salad and pita bread for $4.95.
- The Café is open from 8:30am-to-6 in the evening on weekdays and Saturdays and 8:30am until 5 in the evening on Sundays.