Kid-Friendly Restaurants and Breweries in Asheville, NC
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Asheville is a culinary destination, even for the youngest of diners
Let's start with a true gem! As Asheville’s only food hall, The S&W Market is such a fun place to eat with kids. Not only can your family choose from a variety of food options, but there are a ton of fun places to sit, including community tables and high tops on the main level, outside and upstairs by the Highland Brewing taproom.
Your kids will love the novelty of a cafeteria-style food hall, but don’t expect boring cafeteria food at S&W. This is Asheville, after all! Crowd favorites include steamed buns from Bun Intended, wildly delicious chicken sandwiches from Buxton Chicken Palace, empanadas from Mikasa Criolla and gourmet hot dogs from Farm Dogs. P.S. – Don’t forget to cap your dinner off with ice cream (including dairy-free options) from Asheville’s beloved local ice cream shop The Hop.
Rocky's Hot Chicken Shack
Though spicy Nashville-style hot chicken may not sound kid-friendly, Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack is a great place to eat with kids. Not only do their kids meals (choose from a chicken tender, leg or even a meatless option) come with a choice of side or waffle, but you’ll also find fried pickles and banana pudding on the menu. And if you aren’t sold yet, try their mac & cheese and you’ll be forever changed.
Rocky’s is a laid-back counter service restaurant with a location in West Asheville and a second in South Asheville. Their South location is directly next to Jake Rusher Park where you’ll find an excellent mulched playground.
Sunny Point Café
Located in West Asheville, the beloved Sunny Point Café serves up all-day breakfast as well as lunch and dinner. Their kids menu comes with crayons and includes everything from French toast to a cheeseburger and even their delectable carrot hotcakes. High chairs and booster seats are available and though it’s table service, the food comes out pretty quickly.
Sunny Point is a busy spot, though, so you should expect a line. Luckily, there is a great garden on the side where kids can explore while waiting for a table. And don’t worry, the food is definitely worth the wait. The whole family will love this Asheville restaurant!
Asheville Breweries Your Kids Will Love
Asheville Pizza & Brewing
Asheville Pizza & Brewing also has a third, to-go only restaurant in South Asheville.