For more than 25 years, Asheville has made a name for itself for fresh, delicious, and creative Mexican and Latin food—and the list of restaurants continues to grow! While tacos and burritos are always crowd-pleasing, at Asheville restaurants you will discover so much more, including molcajetes (hot lava rock bowls filled with veggies or meat), stuffed fried plantains, and ceviche (fresh fish marinated in lime juice), to name a few. And don’t forget the fancy drinks! From jalapeno margaritas to daiquiris and fresh-juiced cocktails, there’s something to quench every thirst.
Since 1994, Salsa’s has been a favorite downtown destination, serving up Mexican-Caribbean cuisine with fresh, local ingredients. Sip on a Mezcal Margarita, bite into a savory burrito, or share signature salsas with corn tortilla chips. 6 Patton Ave
Polanco is a relaxed, intimate restaurant serving an eclectic Mexican menu with vegetarian and vegan options. Enjoy authentic dishes such as mole and chiles en nogada. Polanco can also be booked as a private event space and comfortably seats at least 50 people, up to 75. 10 North Market St
Modern Californian and Mexican cooking plus creative cocktails served in a quaint, homey setting. Dinner specialties include entrees such as grilled au natural rib-eye steak with hazelnut-ancho chile sauce, or Tequila-lime cured salmon with watercress and avocado salad. Try their Sunday brunch with traditional selections such as Mexican sweetbreads and house-made sausage, including chorizo. 13 Eagle St
This casual cantina in downtown Asheville offers Mexican soul food in a friendly atmosphere. Taco menu includes shrimp, fish, steak, pork belly and avocado. In addition to your tacos, try the elote- grilled corn on the cob with lime aioli, chili seasoning, cilantro and queso cotija. 89 Patton Ave
You don't have to travel to Havana to enjoy a night in Cuba; just go to Hemingway’s Cuba! Order the tostones (fried plantains filled with shrimp or mojo pork) or enjoy a classic Cuban Sandwich. Or sip on a daiquiri and gaze out over downtown from their amazing rooftop. 15 Page Avenue, 4th Floor
En La Calle
Stylish cocktail bar and Latin tapas spot with art-decorated walls and chic accents. En La Calle is the sister bar/restaurant to Limones, specializing in fresh-juiced craft cocktails and Mexico City street food. Seating is first come, first served. 15 Eagle St
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