In an email last week, my brother asked me for a list of my "Must Go to Restaurants and Bars in Asheville". I was happy to oblige the request. In and among the list was one of my favorite/easy/cheap dinner places the Universal Joint in West Asheville.
It's got a lot going for it:
- located in hip West Asheville
- lots of outdoor seating
- you can bring your (well-behaved) dog
- FAMILY friendly (really and truly)
- best burger in town
- they have tater-tots
What to order when you get there?
I'd get a local beer, Highland Brewing's Gaelic Ale is almost always on tap. Get the burger or the brisket tacos. They have creative burger toppings, but you can't go wrong with the classic. I usually end up getting the Steinbeck with pimiento cheese, jalapenos and bacon. You can get a side salad with your burger, but since I almost always skip the bun, I often splurge on their perfectly fried tater tots. And, they're not afraid to give you mayo to dip them in!
They're kids menu is good, they do these mini cheeseburgers (sliders) which my son really likes. But, they also have a quesadilla, corn puppies, chicken fingers and a grilled cheese. The food comes quickly for the whole party, but especially for the kids.
Service, generally, is very good. The servers know the beer list and the menu very well. They're prompt and polite, but informal.
Bottom line, this is a great restaurant to add to your list of places to eat in Asheville. You won't be disappointed.