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Don’t let the fact that this restaurant is in a mall food court fool you
it ranks as one of the highest on my list of must-visit restaurants in Asheville. My husband wanted to try it immediately upon coming across the name of the restaurant on Google.
Döners are a type of kebab made from meat cooked on a vertical rotisserie. They are extremely popular in Germany even rivaling burgers as fast food options. Having spent a good amount of time in Germany as a young adult, Adam was all about it when we saw this restaurant. (the 5- star rating on Google helped as well!)
The food was AMAZING.
Simple yet delicious, The Döner offers something for everyone. The clearly marked menu distinguishes what is Vegan or Gluten-Free, making it easy for us to put together our perfect dish. The veggies are fresh, the sauces are vibrant and the fries were crisp, hot and wonderfully seasoned. It is all create your own, so it is great if you tend to be a bit picky on popular items. (I am not a fan of peppers- which as a vegetarian means I am always having “edits” to my orders, but there was no need here!)
I had a pocket pita with falafel (deep-fried ball made of ground chickpeas), vegan tzatziki (cucumber sauce, which usually has a yogurt base), hummus and some fresh veggies. The falafel was perfect. Not too dry (which is common) and they were soft inside with a satisfyingly crisp outside. I enjoyed the basic chickpea hummus, which was perfect for a sandwich filled with rich flavors including the bright and tangy tzatziki. I had the seasoned fries with it, the seasoning was not too light or too heavy, and were my favorite texture (which is crispy shoestring). Overall, I left full but not feeling weighed down, which to me signifies a wonderful meal.
My husband had a Turkish pizza (a thin piece of dough with minced meat and veggies baked into it then wrapped around various fresh or pickled vegetables), and a döner with meat, veggies and hummus. According to him, they were both delicious; tender meat, fresh veggies and delicious sauce.
He would pick the döner over the Turkish pizza if forced to chose, but overall both were complete win. He wanted to return each day of our vacation in Asheville.
Also good to note: they serve beer, just don’t leave the food court with it.
Overall, as I said before, this ranks way up on my list of food options in Asheville. To get there easily without having to navigate the mall, you can turn in off of S Tunnel Rd and park near the elevator to the food court. Click here for a map of the area.
After you grab a bite, head to the Arboretum for a stroll among the amazing blooms or a nice hike in the woods. For more about the Arboretum: