Black Mountain is the cutest little town about 20 minutes right outside of Asheville. It’s like Asheville’s much quieter, low key cousin that’s still cool. Outdoor activities are what brings a lot of people to the area, but don’t underestimate what main street has to offer. 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.
Breakfast in Black Mountain
There is so much charm in this little restaurant. It’s located in an old white 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. You walk in the front door and back through the rooms to a counter where you place your order. I always get the breakfast burrito (SO GOOD) and if you’re a coffee drinker they have mismatched coffee mugs that you can choose from. After you choose your seat and your food is ready, they’ll bring it out to you with some jam that is out of this world. I’ve heard that their French Toast is also great.
My favorite dish to get here is a cathead biscuit sprinkled with cheddar cheese, topped with two fried chicken tenders, two slices of bacon, all smothered in sausage gravy. It is actually better than it looks and sounds. They offer fresh baked goods daily and keep rotating what is available once items sell out. Their cinnamon rolls look like they could compete with my Mom’s homemade cinnamon rolls and that’s saying a lot. This is another location that you order at the counter before you sit down and they also have adorable mismatched coffee mugs. Their coffee is roasted especially for them by the local Dynamite Coffee Roasters and you can purchase it there. They are closed on Mondays though!
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 the 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.
This is one that I haven’t been able to try yet, but have heard many good things about. If you’re looking for a gourmet sandwich then this is the place for you. They have a good variety of sandwiches plus 19 beer taps and all of them are local.
This is THE place to hang out and catch a ball game or just meet up with friends. They have awesome pub food, a long list of beers on tap and plenty of mixed drink options. I am in love with their food. They have phenomenal burgers, quesadillas, and their nachos are divine. I love sitting on their patio when the weather is nice. They recently opened Black Mountain Brewery across the street and if you go there for a beer you can get 10% off your meal. Just make sure you go to the brewery before you come to the ale house.
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 black on the crust, then ask them for no char and they will give you the most perfect pie you have ever seen. If you are looking for a bit more laid back atmosphere, then go to Lookout Brewing in the far end of the metal building across the street and you can order your pizza to go and eat it at the picnic tables outside. They also have tables inside and it is much less crowded.
Brews of Black Mountain
I have not been here yet and I am super salty about it. Pisgah is the oldest brewery in Black Mountain and they are the only ones that distribute locally. We even have Pisgah beer in our Food Lion at home. They do have concerts at their outdoor venue that I have been to. Personally, I love their IPA.
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 patio on the end of the building and have beautiful wooden tables inside and a wooden slab for the bar. I’ve tried a few different beers here and haven’t been disappointed with any of them. The first time I went here they had cornhole out for guests to play, but I haven’t seen it since. You can probably ask them to bring it out though.
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. As the newest brewery in town, they don’t have as many choices as the others, but you should still be able to find something you like. I love their wheat beer, but what they have on tap rotates regularly since they brew small batch.
Black Mountain Doughnut Factory
I just discovered this place and am head over heels in love. It’s owned by a local family and the four of them are the only employees (as of July 2019). Located right next to Blue Ridge Biscuit Company, it’s the perfect post-breakfast stop. Or post-lunch. Or just because. If you wait until after lunch though you may be out of luck because they stay open until they sell out and typically that’s by noon. They have so many interesting flavors like Violet “Blue”regarde (blueberry), Rump Shaker (chocolate/oreo/peanut butter), and Key Lime.
I know this is a chain, but I couldn’t not include it. It’s at the perfect location for an ice cream stop while you’re shopping along main street. Do yourself a favor and try the apple pie ice cream. Pretty sure I’ve dreamed about it before.
I always see this place packed, but never slow down enough to go grab a cup of coffee. They offer a variety of baked goods and any kind of caffeinated beverage you would want. Their Facebook page looks like they are highly recommended. So take a book, stop by, and stay a while.
Dynamite roasts coffee for wholesale purposes, but they also have a coffee bar in their little shop. They have a cozy little indoor seating area or you can sit outside and watch the cars go by on Highway 70. Not only can you get your favorite coffee here, but you’ll also find Dynamite Roasting merchandise to purchase.
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 15 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.