#79 of 22 Asheville Restaurants

Neo Burrito (South Tunnel Road)

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Neo Burrito on Asheville's 4 South Tunnel Road: A Convenient Spot For a Tasty Burrito
Local Expert's Rating:
3.5 / 5
The Bottom Line:

Mouthwatering burritos await at the Neo Burrito location on 4 South Tunnel Road. Easily accessible, this is an ideal stop for a hearty meal after a full afternoon of shopping or on the way home from work.

- The SmokyMountains.com Local Expert Team

Neo Burrito serves tasty Southwestern cuisine at several locations in and around Asheville. The 4 South Tunnel Road restaurant is arguably the most conveniently located; not only is it a quick detour from Interstate 240, it’s nestled among several stores. After a long day of shopping, relax with a burrito. Parking is not a problem here — something that can’t be said of every Neo Burrito location in Asheville.

Inside, you’ll enjoy plenty of natural sunlight and ample seating to accommodate the crowds that gather on Saturday afternoons. The salsa bar and drink area can sometimes feel cluttered, but this particular location is otherwise fairly clean. Again, this is not something that can be said of all Neo Burrito locations.

Menus and specials are prominently displayed, but can be difficult to navigate for the uninitiated. That’s not a huge problem on a quiet day, when staff members might be available to help. When it gets busy, however, ordering might feel a bit overwhelming. Consider checking out the menu online to get an idea of the offerings in advance.

While it’s possible to call in orders over the phone, visitors regularly complain that this process is clunky and downright frustrating. A face-to-face visit might actually be faster, so when in doubt, order in person.

Desperate for an early (and affordable) breakfast? The pickings can be surprisingly slim outside of Asheville’s downtown area, especially if you’re more interested in a hearty burrito than pastries or omelets. No worries; you’ll find delicious options all day long at Neo Burrito. Open between 7 am and 9 pm, this is go-to your spot for a consistently tasty breakfast at a price you can afford.

Later the in the day, the menu expands to include a variety of burritos, tacos, quesadillas, and salads. Vegetarians appreciate the availability of burritos and tacos with tempeh and tofu.

Consistency seems to be a top complaint. Hit it at the right time, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing burrito. Unfortunately, even avowed fans sometimes refer to this location as ‘hit or miss.’ On those wonderful ‘hit’ days, however, the food will be so delicious that you’ll wonder why you don’t visit more often.

A few of our favorite menu items include:

Quesodomelette
You love quesadillas and you love omelets, so you’re bound to appreciate the unique combination of these concepts available at Neo Burrito. Choose two of several available veggies to include along with cheese in your dream omelet/quesadilla.

Farm Burrito
The Office’s Dwight could get behind this unique burrito, which includes beets, cabbage, kale, tomatoes, cilantro, hummus, and rice. Choose between tofu, tempeh, mahi mahi, or bacon. Maple balsamic and a splash of lime juice bring it all together.

Basic Burrito
Sometimes simple is best, as you’ll find with this straightforward burrito. It includes all of the ingredients you might expect from a burrito: rice, beans, salsa, cheese, sour cream, and guacamole. Add a protein source of your choice for a small extra charge.

The Border
If you’re a sriracha lover, you’re in luck: this taco includes your favorite source of spice. It also comes with rice and your choice of ground beef, beans, lettuce, cheese, and pico de gallo.

Those who complain about Neo Burrito rarely have anything negative to say about the restaurant’s food. Ultimately, you’ll have to decide whether you’re willing to risk poor service in exchange for delicious and affordable food. Many people are happy to make this trade — but others prefer to visit one of the many Asheville restaurants boasting all three qualities.

Insider Tips:
-Sustainable dining is a clear priority at Neo Burrito. Recycling is heavily encouraged, to the point that some customers feel nagged about their post-meal behavior. The chain also uses compost from this and other locations as soil and feed.
-If you love beer, stop by on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday for a cheap brew. The restaurant’s weekend specials all center around beer.