Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC

Though Asheville, NC is a destination for foodies, you may be thinking that in the mountains it would be hard to come by delicious seafood. Luckily, if you though that, you are wrong! In this post, Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC, we’re sharing our top spots for eating one of our favorite things.

Baby Bull | 1 Roberts Street, #101

Burger fans already know how good the burger is at Baby Bull. It easily made it onto our list of the Best Burgers in Asheville. But what you might not know is that their lobster roll is pretty solid, too. The Maine lobster meat is served chilled and it’s tossed in a citrusy-mayo-butter concoction. It pairs nicely with the lobster without overpowering it. Though it’ll be hard to resist their burger, if you like lobster rolls, this is one you should try.

Cousins Maine Lobster Truck | Location Varies

We’d heard great stuff about the lobster rolls from Cousins Maine Lobster Truck so when we heard it was coming to Sweeten Creek Brewing we went. And whew, it was worth it! The location of Cousins Maine Lobster Truck varies so look at their website to catch up wit it. We think it’s one of the best lobster rolls in Asheville and it’s worth meeting up with!

Cousins Maine Lobster offer two styles of lobster rolls. The Maine lobster roll is served chilled with a little bit of mayo which we honestly couldn’t detect. It comes on a toasted roll and is served with a lemon wedge. The Connecticut roll has the same amount of lobster on it as the Maine roll but is served warm with butter and lemon. It’s also on a toasted bun. Though both were delicious we favor the Connecticut roll a tad more.

Jettie Rae’s | 143 Charlotte Street

Technically Jettie Rae’s lobster roll isn’t made only with lobster. Theirs is a Lobster and Shrimp roll. But it’s served with a hearty side of fries or chips and it’s mighty tasty and so it makes our list. If you go, we recommend trying a few of their fresh shucked oysters ahead of time. That and one of their craft cocktails. This is one of the few ‘seafood’ restaurants in Asheville and we love what they’re doing.

Lobster Dogs | Location Varies

Another one of the best lobster rolls in Asheville also happens to be on another food truck. This one is called Lobster Dogs and it’s divine. The lobster is served on a toasted bun and the meat is chilled. There’s quite a bit of melted butter on this lobster roll as well as what Lobster Dogs calls “a swipe of mayo” and special seasonings.

Mother Ocean Seafood Market | 640 Merrimon Ave

The lobster roll at Mother Ocean comes on a fresh baked roll by neighboring Geraldine’s Bakery and it is tasty! You can order your lobster roll one of three ways: plain, with butter, or with a light mayonnaise dressing and capers. Whichever way you choose it’s damn good. For a couple extra bucks you can make your lobster roll a combo meal and add on your choice of hushpuppies, fries or a house-made salad and a local soda from Devil’s Foot.

Best Lobster Rolls in Asheville, NC Recap

Though there are tons of dining options when it comes to Asheville, when you’re in the mood for a lobster roll, the above places are our top picks. Oh and each of the above has outdoor dining! Sure there are other spots in Asheville that have lobster rolls and while everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, these are our favorites! Like another roll in town better? Let us know in the comments! And if you ever find yourself in eastern Canada, check out our post on the Best Lobster Rolls on Nova Scotia.

Best Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC

While Asheville has a ton of fun things to do, there are also a handful of really fun small towns nearby. Weaverville and Black Mountain are two of our favorites. Keep reading to see another spot, also just a short drive from Asheville, that we enjoy visiting: Hendersonville!

Best Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC

Appalachian Pinball Museum | 538 North Main Street

This museum is free and is, in our opinion, one of the best things to do in Hendersonville, NC. While you can take a peek at some vintage pinball machines without paying anything, for a flat fee you can play unlimited games all day. It’s a great thing to do when it’s raining or to get out of the summer heat. They also serve alcohol on the premises.

Carl Sandburg Home | 1800 Little River Road, Flat Rock, NC

Writer Carl Sandburg and his wife Lilian’s home, which in 1968 became part of the National Park Service, is just a short drive, less than 5 miles, from downtown Hendersonville. Sandburg was the recipient of 3 Pulitzer Prizes. Both of the Sandburgs were notable people in the Asheville/Hendersonville area and you can now visit their former residence. Admission is free though if you want to take a tour you’ll need to make a reservation online. If you aren’t able to get on a tour you can still walk the trails on the property and also visit the goats!

Explore Historic Downtown Hendersonville

The downtown area of Hendersonville has shops that line either side of the gently curving Main Street. We recommend parking your bike or your vehicle at one and then making your way down Main Street, stopping in when something catches your eye. (Or smells too good to resist.) There are all kinds of shops, restaurants, galleries to visit. And depending on when you visit, you may just be able to attend one of the festivals and events that happen throughout the year. Examples are the Main Street Antique Sidewalk Show which takes place in June and the Music on Main concerts which happen every Friday night from May to September. Apple lovers be sure to mark your calendar for the North Carolina Apple Festival (Labor Day weekend).

Hendersonville Theater | 229 South Washington Street

Looking for some fun weekend plans? Check out the shows at the Hendersonville Theater. Shows are almost always held on a Friday, Saturday, and Sunday unless it’s a special event. You can see everything from a drag (the theater hosts a drag night during June) to a spelling bee to a holiday show to a musical. And if you’d prefer to be on stage rather than in the seats, you can audition to be a part of a production as they are always looking for new people to get involved.

Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County | 400 North Main Street

Gemstone lovers and crystal enthusiasts put the Mineral and Lapidary Museum of Henderson County on your list as one of the best things to do in Hendersonville, NC! This place has everything from ‘glow in the dark rocks’ to the Hendersonville meteorite, to fossils that include a wooly mammoth leg bone and a cast of a T-rex skull. Admission is free though a donation or gift shop purchase is greatly appreciated.

Oklahawa Greenway | Parking locations vary

Caroline Whatley walks a grey dog on a leash along the paved Oklahawa Greenway. There is a yellow stripe in the middle of the path that snakes into the distance. Caroline and the dog are about to go under an overpass. The dog has its tongue out and is walking in the grass.
Make time to walk, bike, or run on the Oklahawa Greenway in Hendersonville, NC.

Bring your bike, your dog, your walking shoes, or even your scooter, the Oklahawa Greenway in Hendersonville is waiting for you! There are 3.5 miles of mostly flat and paved path that links up four area parks. It’s well marked and there are even three bike repair stations along the route. Occasionally there are events held on the greenway so keep an eye on their website and you may get to partake in things like the Invasive Species Plant Walk and Talk.

Patton Park | 1730 Asheville Highway

an informative sign about the Patton Park Stormater Stroll sits on a black pedestal in front of an outdoor, cement path. the season is summer and the trees and bushes in the background are leafed out and green.

Just north of downtown Hendersonville is a free park that has a fenced-in skatepark, paved walking paths, a basketball court, two tennis courts, two pavilions with picnic tables and grills, and even a pool. The pool is run by the Hendersonville Family YMCA and is only open during the summer. Click here for pool hours. We’ve come here often to just walk around and spend some time outdoors. It’s one of our favorite and best things to do in Hendersonville. Bonus: The Oklahawa Greenway runs right near the park.

Pollinator Tour | Various Locations

The corner of a grey brick building has a mural of a bunch of bees on a dripping honeycomb surrounding a queen bee. There are also butterflies and larvae on the walls, a few of which are interacting with flowers.
The pollinator mural on the side of the Hands On! Children’s Museum in downtown Hendersonville, NC.

Y’all our pollinators play such a huge role in our ecosystem. Did you know that of the roughly 1400 crops that are planted each year, over 80% require pollination? You can learn more about these extremely important creatures along the pollinator trail, part of which runs through Hendersonville, NC. If you visit the museum and see the mural, keep your eyes open for the sidewalk art as well!

Rhododendron Lake Nature Park | 321 Primrose Lane

This 10-acre park, though technically not in Hendersonville but Laurel Park, is the perfect little spot for a walk. There’s a path that’s about a mile long that has fitness stations along it as well as picnic tables and a grill. You can also fish in this lake (catch and release only).

Tour the Hendersonville Cheers! Trail | Locations Vary

Nope, that exclamation point isn’t a typo. That’s just how excited Hendersonville is about its alcohol trail. If you’re not sick of breweries (is that even possible?) hop on the Cheers! Trail that takes visitors to 23 different spots that include four different kinds of craft beverages. (There are 10 breweries on this list, some of which we’ve included as well, 7 different wineries, 3 hard cideries and one meadery.) This is a choose your own adventure kind of trail and if you choose to partake please be sure to have a designated driver or go with a tour company – we recommend the Van in Black. There’s a ‘passport’ involved and when you earn 12 stamps you get some free swag.

Visit Sycamore Cycles | 743 Locust Street

The inside of a bike shop shows lots of bikes on the shop floor and random bike parts on the walls. There are some wheels hanging from the ceiling and a small green child's bike on the left side of the photo. In the distance is a wooden counter with a computer on it

We’ve brought our bikes to Sycamore Cycles a few times for a tune up and the staff are are super friendly and helpful. Sycamore Cycles sells all kinds of bikes – road bikes, hybrid bikes, mountain bikes, electric bikes and even kids bikes. They’ve also got a nice selection of gear and apparel. If you’re visiting Hendersonville for the day and want to go riding but didn’t bring you own you can also rent a bike from them.

Hendersonville NC Pride

Hendersonville has several Pride events during the month of June. We highly recommend checking out the Hendersonville NC Pride website to see which businesses sponsor the events and to find out more information about safe spaces in town.

Best Things to Do in Hendersonville, NC Recap

Those looking for a quick day trip out of Asheville, North Carolina will find no shortage of things to do in Hendersonville, NC. Realistically though, you may want to spend the weekend here as there is more than enough to keep you busy for a few days. Keep checking back as we update this list to bring you information about new businesses.

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