11 great specials for Asheville Restaurant Week 2023

From ramen and chaat to pancake sandwiches.

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse ramen

Choose from pork belly, spicy pork, or veggie ramen.

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Take out your calendars (and stretchy pants) for this one, folks. From Jan. 17-23, everything from ramen and dry-aged steak to $10 pancake sandwiches are on the menu as part of the Asheville Area Chamber of Commerce’s eleventh annual Asheville Restaurant Week.

Here’s a cheat sheet that highlights some of the best deals from the 40+ participating restaurants. If you’re hungering for more, see the full list here. Pro tip: If possible, you’ll want to make a reservation at these spots ahead of time.

Tastee Diner Restaurant Week 2023

Yup, you’re looking at a pancake sandwich.

Photo via Tastee Diner

Tastee Diner | 575 Haywood Rd. | Menu

The special we can’t stop thinking about is the fried chicken, hash brown, and egg “pancake sandwich” available for $10 all week long, plus your choice of a side.

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse | 121 Biltmore Ave. | Menu

For a mere $28, enjoy a three-course meal with a soup or salad, skewer, and steaming hot bowl of ramen — there’s plenty of options for pescatarians and vegetarians, too.

The Tahini Jar | Various locations

Track down this vegan, Middle Eastern-inspired food truck using their online schedule and you’ll be rewarded with a $10 falafel burger.

White Labs | 172 Charlotte St. | Menu

Beer fans, this one’s for you. Pair a three-course meal of winter kale salad, spaghetti al tartufo nero, and pistachio + orange cheesecake with a beer flight for $45.

The exterior of Italian eatery Gemelli in Asheville, NC.

New Italian eatery Gemelli is essentially a coffee shop by day and wine bar by night.

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Gemelli | 70 Westgate Pkwy. | Menu

Make all your pasta dreams come true at this popular new Italian spot, which offers a $40 three-course meal of a starter, entree, and either a cannoli or bombolini for dessert. Bonus: There’s plenty of parking at the Westgate Plaza.

Holeman and Finch | 77 Biltmore Ave. | Menu

For $45, cash in on a three-course meal with your choice of starter and dinner roast, finished with the sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

Chai Pani | 22 Battery Park Ave. | Menu

At this point, we all know about Chai Pani’s greatness (if not, see here). So go ahead, scarf down your choice of chaat, tali, and chai for $26 — or double the order for $46.

A lobster roll sits on a tray.

How about that lobster roll?

Photo provided by The Lobster Trap

The Lobster Trap | 35 Patton Ave. | Menu

For $35, chow down on a three-course meal that starts with oysters and includes options like the tuna tartare, crab cake, Maine lobster roll, and snapper bouillabaisse.

Ivory Road | 1854 Brevard Rd. | Menu

Talk about a great brunch deal. For $15, enjoy your choice of two sweet and savory brunch items (think: goat cheese quiche and s’mores cheesecake) with a complimentary beverage. Or for dinner, get three courses of dishes like charred eggplant dip and miso salmon for $33.

Rye Knot | 868 Merrimon Ave. | Menu

Bring a date to cash in on Rye Knot’s buy-one-get-one-free entree deal. Qualifying dishes include: smoked meatloaf, fish and chips, and the “Gratefule Veg” veggie burger. There are also a handful of dry-aged steaks on special, which come with two sides each.

Strada | 27 Broadway St. | Menu

Choose from carnivorous, vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian offerings for this special $35, three-course menu of Italian goodness.

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