Finding clean and non-toxic spots to eat in Asheville was fun, but let me warn you…Eating Clean in Asheville can get expensive! We all know that eating out can take a toll on our wallets, so I included some alternatives for eating out in Asheville if you plan to prepare or cook food while you are there.

Overall, Eating Clean in Ashville was easy!

I love traveling to places that are home to seasonal restaurants with access to local farm-fresh foods. Because of the geographical location of Asheville, there are thriving local farmers in areas surrounding the city. Many restaurants source their menus from these farms, which gave us a lot of farm-to-table options to try!

During our visit, we were in a season of strict paleo with a few of our additional restrictions. I discovered several “clean” restaurants for us to eat at that offer organic options and have a variety of paleo, gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, & vegetarian selections.

Here’s my list of the best places in Asheville to find clean, holistic, non-toxic food!

Visit my post 5 Days in Asheville, NC (Christmastime) for more trip details and our Asheville favorites!

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EATING OUT IN ASHEVILLE

Rhubarb

This is a casual, farm-to-table, locally sourced eatery on Broadway St. in Downtown Asheville. Their seasonal menu offers unique dishes with local produce and meats when available.

Everything on the menu looks delicious, but make sure and look at the dish ingredient list and inquire about gluten, dairy, nut, sugar exposures if you have any of these restrictions. They do not label their menu accordingly. However, the wait staff and chef were extremely accommodating with our dietary restrictions.

I ordered the Duck Wing Confit with BBQ sauce on the side. After inquiring about the BBQ sauce, I learned it had a small amount of brown sugar in it (which is very common for BBQ sauce) so I went without and the dish was still uh-mazing! This dish also comes with a local Collard Green Slaw that is fermented and so delicious. My husband got the Osso Bucco with a Rice Dressing, which we subbed for a non-grain veggie on the menu.

*Rhubarb is Closed Tuesdays & be sure to make a reservation!

Early Girl Eatery

Early Girl Eatery is a fun, casual, local restaurant with three Asheville locations. It is open all day, offers organic options, and has seasonal and local ingredients when possible. Breakfast here was our favorite! There is an abundance of gluten-free and vegan options on the menu, including local vegan bread!

One of my favorite things about this restaurant is that they have organic tofu, corn grits, and rice, which is amazing because these are three food items that are very often GMO and heavily treated with toxic pesticides and chemicals.

I love that they make a point to offer organic options for some of the more common toxic foods. This creates a cleaner, non-toxic experience for their patrons. One of the other more exciting menu options is an organic fermented handcrafted sauerkraut, which means more feeding your good gut buddies while vacationing!

One downfall for our breakfast time was no specialty lattes or coffees, just plain coffee to drink. But there wasn’t much that could put a damper on Early Girl Eatery. We wished we could have eaten here more!

Pulp + Sprout

Pulp + Sprout (Formerly Elements) was my top non-toxic food find in Asheville! This goldmine eatery boasts a 100% organic, no refined sugar, 100% vegan menu with gluten-free and grain-free options.

Their menu is completely dedicated to wellness and eating real food and whole ingredients. I could talk endlessly about how amazing their food philosophy is for a restaurant and wish I had one in my town!

Pulp + Sprout Wall Menu

Pulp + Sprout serves house-made “mylks” that are so delicious. They are free of any kind of gums, thickeners, or preservatives. Just a few simple, whole ingredients and slightly sweetened with organic dates.

Their broths are made with soy-free miso and the bread is sourced from a local Asheville bakery called OWL Bakery. OWL makes naturally leavened bread & uses organic ingredients. Pulp + Sprout also has amazingly delicious and healthy treats like vegan/grain-free cheesecakes, seasonal desserts, and gluten-free granola.

The whole of Pulp + Sprout\’s menu is geared toward high-quality ingredients, real food, and wellness. This is exactly the place that I love to find during our travels. It\’s a place where I can indulge, treat myself, and feel good about what I’m feeding and nourishing my body with.

If you can do organic grains – you have to try the Kitchari! It is a warm Asian-inspired comfort dish with a mung dal and rice base. Mung dal comes from whole mung beans but cooks faster and is easier to digest. They are high in fiber and protein. This dish also has great anti-inflammatory properties because of the turmeric and ginger it contains. Perfect on a chilly day!

Green Sage Café

Green Sage is a café local to Asheville, with several locations. Their food philosophy promotes harmful chemical-free, thoughtfully sourced, and 95% organic food.

This café provides a non-toxic food option no matter where you are in Asheville! 95% of the menu is organic, but it specifically labels each organic item, so you can make an educated decision about a dish according to your personal preferences.

They also label menu items as gluten-free or vegan. Seasonal specials are offered, as well as a wide variety of menu options for breakfast and lunch!

The beef is grass-fed, salmon is wild-caught, the pork is local and pasture-raised, and they serve Vital Farms eggs! There are a few extra things, like their add-ons to smoothies (hemp hearts, spirulina, and maca) or their milkshakes made with coconut milk ice cream, that show how committed they are to their patrons’ health and wellness.

One of our favorite things about this café was their organic coffee and espresso, their house-made syrups sweetened with honey, and their wide variety of organic milk alternatives. We aren’t big coffee drinkers anymore for health reasons, but this is a treat we like to splurge on when we travel…and Green Sage Café made it feel safe and easy!

It’s the best feeling to have eateries like this to enjoy while traveling and not have to worry about potential toxin exposure from food.

Posana

Posana is an upscale, relatively pricey restaurant in Downtown Asheville that has a cozy modern feel to it and a great outdoor patio space.

What makes Posana particularly special is that they feature a dedicated gluten-free kitchen. So to those of you with celiac or severe gluten sensitivities, Posana is committed to offering a safe gluten-free environment for you!

Posana has a beautiful locally sourced menu with unique dishes. They use real food to create fun and exciting meals. It was a little more difficult to find options that didn’t have dairy, but the server and chef worked with us so well to craft dishes that worked for our dietary restrictions.

*Posana is Closed Mondays and Tuesdays & be sure to make a reservation!

Curaté

Curaté is a Spanish tapas bar in Downtown Asheville on Broadway St. This was one of my favorite places we ate because of the atmosphere and the great menu.

They label their menu items as gluten-free, lactose-free, and tree-nut-free. This informs you that they take into consideration and care about the dietary restrictions that some of us live with day in and out. Curaté also offers great options for paleo and vegan eaters.

What is great about a tapas place, especially one that is conscious of dietary restrictions, is that the server typically walks you through the menu and helps you pick dishes you would like.

This is exactly what ours did for us when we let her know our dietary restrictions. She created a selection of dishes for us that were amazing and we didn’t feel like we were missing out on anything!

*Curaté is Closed on Mondays & be sure to make a reservation!

Laughing Seed Café

Laughing Seed Café is an international 100% vegan café that is located on the cutest street in Asheville – Wall Street. Even though their menu is vegan – and many vegan restaurants are laden with gluten – Laughing Seed labels their menu for gluten-free items and nut-free items.

They source their gluten-free bread and buns from Eat More Bakery in Asheville. (Note: Eat More Bakery is gluten-free, but they do not use organic ingredients. Corn and Rice are typically used in making gluten-free baked goods – both are largely GMO and usually heavily sprayed with pesticides and herbicides when not grown organically.)

Laughing Seed does offer some organic ingredients, which are labeled on the menu. They also have family-style to-go items, which is awesome if you are traveling with a larger group and looking for a night in with some great takeout!

*Laughing Seed is Closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays

Dobra Tea

Dobra Tea is a cool tea shop with two locations in Asheville. It’s got a great atmosphere and serves loose leaf tea and treats!

Their treat menu is 100% gluten-free, they label what kind of sweetener they use and if it contains dairy or eggs.

They do have items that are vegan and/or sweetened with coconut sugar instead of cane sugar. But, their treat menu lacks any organic ingredients. Some of their teas are organic, but not all.

Double D’s Coffee & Desserts

Double D’s is an Asheville icon! It is a red double-decker bus – just like the ones in London. They are open daily, but their hours change seasonally.

Other than their organic coffee and tea, not much on this menu is what I could consider “clean” eating. They offer dairy-free milk alternatives and can sweeten your drink with honey. There is a Lavender Honey Latte on their signature drinks menu – my absolute favorite!

*They ONLY take Cash!

BimBeriBon

BimBeriBon is a unique place. It’s a 100% gluten-free bakery and café that is only open Friday Nights, Fridays & Saturdays during lunch, and Sundays for brunch.

They also offer Big Bountiful Bags for pick up on Thursdays. Along with being gluten-free, some of their menus offer vegan options and their bakery items are often vegan as well!

Big Bountiful Bags are a culinary adventure to other parts of the world. This is where BimBeriBon curates a bag of appetizers and entrees specific to a different country around the world for 2-4 people.

They are currently revamping to simplify Big Bountiful Bags, but this is a great option for gluten-free couples or small families that want to do a fun, exciting takeout option during your stay in Asheville!

*BimBeriBon is Only open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays

Battery Park Book Exchange and Champagne Bar

Battery Park Book Exchange is a used book store and champagne bar, and was one of my stumbled upon favorite finds in Asheville! Right next to Grove Arcade is where you will find this absolute gem. Whoever came up with this idea is a genius.

When you walk inside – there is a small bar and café to enjoy treats and drinks, and to your right is the beginning of the used book store. The walls are lined with thousands of books and the shelves wind through the store as you discover quaint sitting areas with cozy antique furniture. As you are seated in one of these areas, soak in the surrounding books and explore while you wait on your server.

The menu offers champagne, sparkling/white/red wine, beer, tea, charcuterie boards, salads, sandwiches, brunch items, and pastries. There are gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and vegetarian options!

A popular menu item is a staff-guided champagne flight. This allows you to taste 4 different types of champagne and hear the unique story behind each one! We were given a fun champagne trivia game to play while we enjoyed our time there. There is also live music every weekend on the outdoor patio!

*Battery Park Book Exchange is Closed on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

EATING IN, IN ASHEVILLE

Earth Fare Supermarket

This is a local supermarket that began in Asheville and has expanded since. Their food philosophy includes being free of added hormones, antibiotics, high fructose corn syrup, artificial/trans fats, and more. They strive to provide local, healthy, and clean food to the community.

On their website, they include their “Boot List” – a list of ingredients that they have banned from being in their stores. They truly value what we put inside of our bodies and how we function as humans based on what we consume and nourish ourselves with. This is an amazing business and a great local grocery option while you are in Asheville!

Whole Foods

Yes, a grocery store chain. But also, a great resource for grabbing organic veggies, pasture-raised meats, or healthy on-the-go snacks while you are away from home!

French Broad Co-Op

The French Broad Co-op is so cool! This place is a grocery store centrally located in Asheville and is open daily from 8 AM – 8 PM and anyone can shop there.

It is community-owned and created to support local farmers. The produce is 100% organic and they have a great “bulk section”. If you don’t need groceries or cook for yourself while you are in Asheville, this is still an awesome place you should check out.

Farmers Markets

The joy of living or visiting somewhere like Asheville is the proximity to so many local farms and in turn, farmer’s markets!

Small, local farmers have a higher likelihood of using sustainable farming practices and typically steer clear of GMO and many pesticides, herbicides, fungicides because of cost and the damage that these products cause to soil and crops.

Even though they may not be certified organic (as this is another large cost for smaller local farmers), they usually use organic practices. So don’t be afraid to ask them! This can be one of the best, non-toxic, sustainable ways to source our foods.

Many of these markets usually have live music, speakers, cooking demos, and community-centered events! This is usually one of my favorite activities while traveling. Visiting a farmer’s market not only is a great place to find the works of local artisans but it gives you a sense of the community you are visiting. And if you give it a chance, you usually walk away with an item, experience, or conversation that will stay with you for years to come.

North Asheville Tailgate Market

  • UNC Asheville Campus, 3300 University Heights – Asheville
  • Saturdays 8AM – Noon

River Arts District Farmers Market

  • 289 Lyman Street – Asheville
  • Wednesdays 3 – 5:30PM

WNC Farmers Market

  • 570 Brevard Road – Asheville
  • Daily 8AM – 5PM

West Asheville Tailgate Market

  • 718 Haywood Road – Asheville
  • Tuesdays 3:30 – 6:30PM

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