Looking for a tasty, local lunch spot that doesn’t break the bank? We’re here for you, Asheville. Check out this list of 25+ places where a lunch for one costs $10 or less.
We know proximity is key when it comes to a midday meal, so we’ve broken up these spots into their respective sides of town: Downtown, West Asheville, South Asheville, East Asheville, and North Asheville.
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Loretta’s Café, 114 Lexington Ave | Choose any half-sized cold sandwich, plus a fountain drink, for $9. We recommend the chicken salad — or the cashew and green olive, if you want a vegan option.
Soda Fountain at Woolworth Walk, 25 Haywood St. | Miraculously, nearly every item at this old-school eatery is under $10, including classic sandwiches like the BLT, reuben, chicken salad, black bean burger, and “Big Ass Fried Bologna.”
Mamacita’s Taqueria, 77 Biltmore Ave. | Two words: Taco Tuesday. Get two for $7 on this special day of the week, with the choice of chicken, pork, ground beef, or rice and bean fillings and three additional toppings. Plus, most burritos are under $10 every day of the week.
Baba Nahm, 1 Page Ave. | This chic Middle Eastern eatery serves street food classics like falafel, Tabrizi meatballs, the hummus bowl, and a Lebanese platter of turmeric rice, lentil salad, hummus, pita, dolma, tomato-cucumber, and sumac onions, all for under $10 apiece.
Bear’s Smokehouse BBQ, 135 Coxe Ave. | The aptly named “Bear’s Attacks Inflation’’ special offers a sandwich or garden salad (with chicken or pork), a side, and fountain drink for $8. Our wallet thanks you, Bear’s.
Pupuseria Patty, 1563 Patton Ave. | It’s all about the pupusas here, baby. For $8, you can get four pork or cheese pupusas served with a salad and red sauce. Trust us, four is plenty to fill your stomach for hours.
Silverball Subs, 347 N. Leicester Hwy. | Build your own half-sub for $8.45, or choose from options like the Italian, Cuban-style “Privateer,” or vegetarian “Earl Half,” with hummus, provolone, olives, and assorted veggies.
Tastee Diner, 575 Haywood Rd. | Prices have increased since this iconic diner changed hands and remodeled last year, but you can still find all-day breakfast sandwiches with protein options like brisket, bologna, and livermush for $10.
Taqueria Munoz, 1438 Patton Ave. | Get three Mexican-style tacos, garnished simply with cilantro and minced onion, for $6.75. Not feeling tacos? You’ve still got plenty of options, including the $7 torta, $6.50 quesadilla, and $6 burrito. Psst, Taqueria Munoz also has a permanent food truck at Zilicoah Brewing Co.
Taste of El Salvador, 1565 Patton Ave. | Chicken and pork tamales are $1.50 each, and pupusas go for ~$2.25 at this unfussy El Salvadorian spot.
Tiger Bay Cafe, 373 Haywood Rd. | The vegan burrito, which comes with rice, beans, diced onion, tomato, jalapeños, and sliced avocado, is $10. You can also get a hearty bowl of vegan chili with tortilla chips for $9.
Doc Brown’s BBQ, 1320 Smokey Park Hwy., Candler | The brown bag special offers a BBQ pork sandwich with a dab of coleslaw, chips, and a drink for $9.
The West End, 757 Haywood Rd. | On Wednesdays, stop by this West Asheville staple for an $8 soup and salad combo. There’s also a $10 adult grilled cheese on the menu daily.
North Asheville, Woodfin, and beyond
Montford Deli, 1461 Merrimon Ave. | Get a bangin’ BLT for $8 or grab a patty melt, hamburger, or croissant club for under $10.
Zen Sushi, 640 Merrimon Ave. | From 11 a.m.-3:15 p.m., you can get two sushi rolls of your choice with a side of either miso soup or salad for $9.
HomeGrown, 371 Merrimon Ave. | There are several sandwiches for $10 or less, including the iconic buttermilk fried chicken sandwich and vegetarian-friendly falentil wrap
Siam Thai, 100 Stone Ridge Blvd. | This Thai spot dishes out an amazing lunch special with generous servings of chicken, tofu, or vegetable stir fry or fried rice — all for $9. Bonus: It comes with a spring roll.
City Bakery, 88 Charlotte St. and 60 Biltmore Ave. | Enjoy refreshing sandwiches such as the cranberry almond chicken salad, “Avogoddess,” and pastrami reuben for under $10.
5 Points Restaurant, 258 Broadway St. | There’s plenty of beautifully (and speedily) executed meals to be had at this iconic diner, including an $8 lamb gyro sandwich, a $10 chicken gyro sandwich with french fries, and an array of sandwiches, melts, and types of cheeseburgers.
Papas & Beer, 1000 Brevard Rd. | Nearly everything on this Mexican restaurant’s lunch menu is under $10. We recommend the enchiladas.
La Rumba Restaurant Latino, 105 River Hills Rd. | There’s a full $10 menu between 10 a.m-2 p.m. — plus, an order of complimentary elote to kick off the meal.
Celebrity’s Hot Dog, 1409 Brevard Rd. | Possibly the best lunch deal in Asheville. Get a hot dog, chips, and a 12 oz. drink for $4.
Mosaic Cafe, 1 Town Square Blvd. | The tuna melt, hummus wrap, and quesadilla bean burger are a few of the lunch options that cost under $10.
Thai Chili Asian Bistro, 1550 Hendersonville Rd. | This Thai restaurant will leave you absolutely spoiled for choice with 20 different lunch specials under $10, including everything from massaman curry and lo mein to pad ka-pow.
East Asheville, Fairview, and Black Mountain
Papas & Beer, 17 Tunnel Rd. | Nearly everything on this Mexican restaurant’s lunch menu is under $10. We recommend the enchiladas.
Mr. Kabab Grill, 801 Fairview Rd. | Get a steak, lamb, chicken, shrimp, or kofta kaba — served with rice, veggies, and salad — for under $10. Nearly every sandwich is $7 or less, including falafel, beef shawarma, and chicken shawarma.
Red Star Kitchen, 1397 Charlotte Hwy. | Bring the whole squad to this spot, because everything on the menu is $10 or less, including sandwiches like the Italian, Cuban, and Reuben. There are also several salads on offer. We’ve got our eyes on the “turn a sandwich into a salad” option.
Appalachian Chick, 195 Charlotte Hwy. | This Veteran-owned express deli is tucked away in Fairview’s Kounty Line Shell Station. It serves well-executed, Southern-leaning breakfast and lunch specials, like biscuits and gravy, fried bologna sandwiches, and even a livermush biscuit. Nearly every menu item comes in under $10.
The Local Joint, 1185B Charlotte Hwy. | Barbecue pork sliders, the chicken salad sandwich, and the black bean patty sandwich all come in around the $10 mark at this laid-back Fairview gem.
Cousins Cuban Cafe, 108 Broadway Ave. | Nosh on a Havana Wrap, which comes with black beans, white rice, plantains, avocado mash, and cilantro aioli, for $9. Also under $10: the shredded mojo pork or garlic lime chicken sandwich, pressed on Cuban bread.
Now... what did we miss?
We know, we know — we couldn’t possibly include them all. Did we miss your favorite lunch special? Shoot us a note, and we’ll add to our list to keep this guide updated regularly.