What Makes This North Carolina The Best Food Destination In The U.S.?

According to the newly released Yelp’s top cities for foodies survey, Asheville, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, once again makes a name for itself, earning the top spot for the second year in a row, securing the No.1 spot when the ranking was last released in 2020.

A representative from Yelp said, “Blending the flavors of the American South with the Appalachian fare, Asheville boasts a unique mountain-to-urban creative food scene.”

In addition to two Asheville hotspots, Yelp recommended two new restaurants.

Katie Button’s Spanish restaurant Curate, known for its lamb skewers and fried eggplant, recently received a James Beard Award for Outstanding Hospitality.


Joe Scully and Kevin Westmoreland’s South American fusion restaurant Chestnut is known for its handcrafted dishes, like lobster bisque and pork belly sorbet, alongside demi-glazes and sorbet sauces.

Yelp also recognized two restaurants in the South Slope Brewing District on its list of top Asheville picks: Funkatorium, which serves sour beer, and Daddy Mac’s Down Home Dive, a barbecue joint serving the recipes of its owner, Dave McFarland’s four grandparents.

The top ten Asheville restaurants ranked by Yelp include Tupelo Honey, The Admiral, Corner Kitchen, White Duck Taco Shop, Sunny Point Café, and The Montford Rooftop Bar.


The stories behind the scenes make Asheville’s culinary scene shine. Meherwan Irani’s cozy Indian street food eatery Chia Pani won the James Beard Foundation Award for Outstanding Restaurant this year.

Top Chef Ashleigh Shanti is getting ready to open Good Hot Fish, which will serve her trademark seafood dishes like fried fish sandwiches, crab deviled crab, and hush puppies.

Asheville collectively refers to its culinary culture as Foodtopia, which it describes as a “community of culinary collaborators crafting an experience to nurture your soul.”