Arden Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Arden

April 14, 2018 Marlin Saiz

Arden is an unincorporated community located in southern Buncombe County, North Carolina, in the United States. Arden is approximately considered the area between Skyland and Fletcher near the Henderson County line. Arden's ZIP Code is 28704. Its post office serves Royal Pines and Avery Creek census designated places to the east and west of the post office itself. Arden is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Things to do in Arden

1. Blue Sky Cafe

3987 Hendersonville Rd, Fletcher, NC 28732-8239 Free Wifi, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover American, Cafe, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch SGD 9 - SGD 18 +1 828-684-1247
Excellent
50%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 189 reviews

Blue Sky Cafe

It's Always a Sunny Day at Blue Sky Cafe! Come & discover this eclectic dining oasis in the heart of Fletcher. Here you will find a relaxed, family-friendly atmosphere where there is something on the menu that will appeal to everyone! Our original menu features wraps, salads, sandwiches, chicken, burgers, freshly prepared sides, decadent desserts and a great kid's menu. Creative daily specials will wake up your taste buds! Stop by, meet our friendly staff, enjoy a cold beer or glass of wine on the breezy patio, relax and brighten your day at Blue Sky Cafe! :)

Reviewed By vacationmom56 - Atlanta

We visited the Blue Sky Cafe on our way out of town. Fletcher is about 30 minutes south of the Biltmore, which is on the south side of Asheville. It was a perfect stop for a fairly quick, delicious lunch. We showed up about 2:30pm...MoreWe hope you enjoyed your visit to Asheville! Thank you for taking the time to review us. We appreciate your business, and look forward to serving you again next time you're in the area. :)

2. French Fryz

2109 Hendersonville Road, Skyland, NC 28776 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Television American Lunch, Dinner +1 828-684-0416
Excellent
56%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
4%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 67 reviews

French Fryz

Reviewed By avidtrvlrUsa - USA

This is the best burger place in Asheville and one of the best in the region. Burgers are hand made and menu has variety of options. The fries are addictive. Shakes are thick and tasty. I don't know how many times I've eaten here in the last 10 years, but easily once every 2 weeks because it is so darn good.

3. Rockys Hot Chicken Shack- South

3749 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-3172 Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards American, Vegetarian Friendly Brunch, Lunch, Dinner SGD 12 - SGD 18 +1 828-676-3222
Excellent
62%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 195 reviews

Rockys Hot Chicken Shack- South

At Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack, we pay homage to "Tennessee style" hot chicken and southern soul food. We prepare our unique fried chicken to order and it all starts as "Plain". From there we can add the spice from mild to XX hot (lots of folk just love it without any spice).

Reviewed By Seagator48 - Christiansburg, Virginia

I love the chicken here. I get it Mild which is somewhat spicy but you can get it hotter or you can get it without spice - still the best fried chicken and the pieces are really large. If you're in Asheville and want fried chicken, try this place.

One word of caution, if you are coming for lunch the lines are much shorter before 11:30 or after the 12:00 rush.

4. The Beehive Coffee Bar

3732 Sweeten Creek Rd, 28704, Arden, NC 28704-3138 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner +1 828-676-3188
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 29 reviews

The Beehive Coffee Bar

Reviewed By Cattravelswell123 - Hillsborough, North Carolina

The coffee was fantastic. The barista was a doll. And the place is really cute. The spinach and feta croissant was fantastic. But it was the only savory item on the menu. The rest was a lot of sweet stuff. I figure that I am odd, because I prefer savory over sweets. But, in the short time I was there another person inquired about savory items. You might want to consider adding them to selection. Not everyone adores sweet stuff with their coffee.

5. Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom

100 Sierra Nevada Way, Mills River, NC 28732-8608 Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi American, Bar, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +1 828-681-5300
Excellent
69%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. Taproom

Western North Carolina is known for its love of food and passion for great craft beer. At our Mills River Taproom and Restaurant you’ll find an abundance of both. Visit the Taproom to sample one of our 23 beers on tap, many produced just a few feet from the restaurant. Beers are accompanied by artful, chef-driven food focused on small plate, sharable, whole animal and farm-to-table dishes sourced mainly from local suppliers. We are a first come, first serve restaurant. Please feel free to stop by the host stand to put your name on the list, or grab a beer and head outside to our Back Porch and Beer Garden to take in the views of the beautiful forest or stroll through our Mills River Estate Garden. We use the homegrown vegetables and herbs for our restaurant and small-scale pilot brewery.

Reviewed By MaryDen - VA, USA

This beautiful facility is more than a destination for beer lovers.
We took our grandson on a week day during lunch time.
The grounds are landscaped and the interior is composed of a large interesting restaurant, a large brewery offering various tours, educational displays, and museum type artifacts from the beer brewing industry.
In the restaurant, which is family friendly and a little noisy, we tried the four 2 oz beer sampler with help from the waiter and ordered house pizza and mild chicken wings with a soy glaze. The food was very good and would be reason enough to return.
After lunch we took the free self guided tour of the brewery and the packing and shipping operations by walking along a special mezzanine platform. All 3 of us had a great time and we were there for over two hours.

6. Baked Pie Company

4 Long Shoals Rd, Arden, NC 28704-5544 Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible American, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options SGD 5 - SGD 52 +1 828-333-4366
Excellent
74%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 62 reviews

Baked Pie Company

Best Pie in town and home of the original Pie Flights... you don't have to choose just one!

Reviewed By funreviewing - Asheville, North Carolina

We got there a couple of hours before closing and they were already down to a select few pies. Unfortunately those were probably the ones that most ppl avoided through the day. They were ok. We had a flight so got to try a few....MoreThank you for the feedback and the review. We bake pies fresh for every day and sometimes demand outdoes supply. Please give us another try!

7. 12 Bones Smokehouse

3578 Sweeten Creek Rd, Arden, NC 28704-2506 Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol American, Barbecue, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner SGD 7 - SGD 13 +1 828-687-1395
Excellent
64%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 200 reviews

12 Bones Smokehouse

Reviewed By Dean H - Wilmington, North Carolina

Wife & I each got a pulled pork sandwich and we tried 3 bones of Nekid and brown sugar ribs. We preferred the nekid ribs. We both tried the smoked potato salad which was different but tasty. I had the collards that were very good. Wife had mac & cheese that didn't look all that special.

We had been trying to eat here for years but were always busy during days when there and they have odd hours plus mainly a lunch spot. We made it this time on way to nearby orchards plus the leaves are way behind changing.

8. Ivory Road Cafe and Kitchen

1854 Brevard Rd, Arden, NC 28704-9488 Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Highchairs Available American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner SGD 8 - SGD 12 +1 828-676-3870
Excellent
81%
Good
10%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 40 reviews

Ivory Road Cafe and Kitchen

We are an independent cafe, bakery and tea room located in Arden, NC. We serve all-day breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a wide variety of homemade baked goods. We welcome custom cake and cupcake orders, and also have a nice private room for events or meetings. We have a large dog-friendly patio as well. On Saturdays, we hold proper Afternoon Tea service. We make everything in house, from scratch, with as much locally-sourced ingredients as possible.

Reviewed By Guhor1966 - New Bern, North Carolina

The breakfast was quite good - uncomplicated so it should have been.
Unfortunately, the outside tables were full of dust and pollen with clean napkins on them.
Also, the coffee. I don't know why but it actually took FOUR times before I was given a coffee I could drink. Not hot, filled with floating grounds, too weak .... shouldn't happen. The staff were very amiable and helpful. Still, there's a need to focus a tad more.

9. Tamarind Thai Cuisine

330 Rockwood Rd, Ste 112, Arden, NC 28704-8215 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Sushi, Asian, Thai, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 828-654-0988
Excellent
62%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 110 reviews

Tamarind Thai Cuisine

Reviewed By Dallas-0-Dallas - Greenville, South Carolina

What a wonderful surprise to find Gai and her restaurant after several years of missing her cooking. We knew her in Greenville when she had a restaurant there. I was not surprised at all to find her food was even more stellar. I often have problems with Thai restaurants because of over-seasoning or inconsistent spiciness. NEVER is this a problem with Gai's food. My wife had a gluten-free version of Pad Thai and I had Spicy Basil. The waitress took the time to answer all of our questions (even the personal ones about Gai) and making sure our order was exactly what we wished.

Both of our dishes were plentiful, nicely presented, and so flavorful. The spiciness scale was 0-4. I ordered a two and it was just as I hoped for. The waitress brought out the spice tray so that I could experiment with their house-made spices. Oh My Gawd - how wonderfully flavored. I love heat in my food, but it also has to compliment the flavors and these did it phenomenally.
This was a trip to Thai heaven for us. We came during lunch, but I guaranteeing we'll be back for a nice cozy dinner for date night.

10. Koreana Restaurant

221 Airport Rd, Arden, NC 28704-9404 Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations Asian, Korean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner +1 828-676-2844
Excellent
70%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 85 reviews

Koreana Restaurant

Reviewed By Joseph C - Flat rock, NC

We don't eat Asian food very often but the food at Koreana was very good. I got sliced pork and my wife ordered a chicken dish. She was so impressed that she said she looked forward to returning. The service was fast and efficient.

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