A unique Asheville take on the Japanese izakaya (which roughly translates to drinking establishment with snacks), Ben's Tune Up is a largely open-air restaurant, located in the shell of a former auto shop. Grilled meat skewers, heaping bowls of ramen, sushi and Japanese-style breaded chicken are just a few of the selections on the menu, which also includes local craft beers such as a full list from from Hi-Wire, the brewery next door, where you can visit after your meal. Sit at a picnic table under the partial roof and enjoy the atmosphere: it's urban and interesting, and the menu is to die for.
If the Oriental cuisine doesn't suit your fancy, try Ben's Burger- a juicy patty topped with grilled pineapple, bacon, and special sauce. Or visit on a Thursday for $1 tacos. Whatever you choose, you won't be disappointed; this place really is one of the best food and drink experiences you can have in Asheville.