#95 of 23 Asheville Restaurants

131 Main

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131 Main: All-American Dining With Absolutely No Freezers
Local Expert's Rating:
4 / 5
The Bottom Line:

131 Main strives to deliver freshest dining experience possible by loading its menu with locally-sourced, never-frozen ingredients. Stop by for an all-American meal in Asheville's Biltmore Park neighborhood.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Acting as one of the focal points of Asheville’s Biltmore Park Town Square, 131 Main is a go-to destination for those who desire a classic American meal before enjoying a night out on the town.

Carnivores hoping to indulge will be pleased to know that 131 Main’s hickory wood fire grill gives the restaurant’s steak, ribs, and fish the perfect flavor. Vegetarians are mainly limited to salads, but can always order a veggie burger that is more than capable of holding its own against the rest of the meat-heavy menu. Gluten-free options are likewise limited, so check the menu in advance.

Enjoy a craft cocktail or a local brew alongside your meal. 131 Main also offers over twenty reserve wines. Feel free to ask your server for recommendations or for more information on any wines you don’t recognize.

As is the case with most Biltmore Park restaurants, there’s more to 131 Main than the food. The atmosphere is just as enticing, particularly if you sit near the restaurant’s magnificent fire pit. Service is prompt, yet friendly. You’ll never go long without having your drink topped off or your used plates moved out of the way. Despite the attentive service, you won’t feel rushed; you can enjoy a relaxed meal at your pace.

A few of our favorite menu items include:

Cedar Plank Salmon
The salmon at 131 Main is delivered fresh daily. This particular version is baked and served on a cedar plank to lock in that smoky flavor. Smothered in a creamy mustard butter sauce, it’s the perfect option for seafood lovers with a hearty appetite.

Ahi Tuna Salad
Perched gloriously on a bed of mixed greens, the seared ahi tuna serves as the focal point of a truly remarkable salad. Complemented by avocado, red onions, mango and a ginger vinaigrette dressing, this dish is a lot more than “just a salad.”

Southern Shrimp and Grits
Grits are the quintessential Southern comfort food; 131 Main pairs them with fresh-caught shrimp to create an unbeatable combination. Served with a traditional Cajun Creole sauce, ham, and asparagus, 131 Main’s shrimp and grits are a consistent favorite among regular visitors.

Double Cut Pork Chop
Diners routinely do a double take when they see the size of the pork chops heading to their table. Small appetites need not apply when it comes to this pepper-crusted pork chop grilled over a hickory wood flame. The meat’s more than enough to fill your stomach, but the entree also comes with smashed red potatoes to round out the meal.

131 Main boasts about its ‘no freezer’ policy to anyone who will listen. You’ll pay a premium for fresh ingredients, but many visitors argue that the locally-sourced meals are worth every penny.

Insider Tips
-131 Main is a happening spot for movie-goers, who enjoy hitting up the theater next door after a satisfying meal. The restaurant can be crowded in the evening, so you’ll definitely want to make a reservation if you intend to visit on a Friday or Saturday night. Reserve your table over the phone or on the restaurant’s official website.
-You’ve heard of farm-to-table dining, but have you ever tried a boat-to-table meal? That’s exactly what you’ll find at 131 Main, which overnights freshly-caught fish to the restaurant to ensure your seafood meal is never frozen. Due to the emphasis on freshness, fish specials vary from night to night.
-Parking in the Biltmore Park area can be tricky. Valet parking is sadly not an option at 131 Main, but a ramp is conveniently located near the restaurant.