Neighborhood Eats: BimBeriBon
There's a new restaurant in West Asheville that marries healthy eating with fun and unexpected flavors.
BimBeriBon, located along Haywood Road, is one of only two restaurants in Asheville that are completely gluten free.
Those who struggle with gluten will love it. But even if you don't have that dietary restriction, we're pretty sure you'll go bonkers for BimBeriBon.
Manager Marisa Croce says the story behind the restaurant's name is more about a feeling than a meaning.
"Bimberi is a mountain is Australia, and 'bon' means good," Croce explained. "So, the thought is you're at the peak of your goodness when you're at BimBeriBon."
This restaurant goes the extra mile to help ensure their food does not come into contact with gluten. Even employees are encouraged to never bring wheat products into the building.
"We're super strict about it," Croce said. "No wheat products have ever been brought into the restaurant since we've constructed it."
This is wonderful news for customer Don Printz, who says he is diagnosed with celiac disease.
"Even though other restaurants might say gluten free, and there are no glutens in the dish, the contamination everywhere will often make you sick," Printz said.
Besides being gluten free, the food at BimBeriBon stands out in a sea of food options in West Asheville.
"It's quite eclectic. You know, it's different ages, all different people are here, and it's just amazing. It's only been here five months," Printz said.
Inside, customers will find a station for baked goods on the left, a kitchen in the middle, and a bar on the right.
BimBeriBon serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The menu offers a wide range of unique options, like chia waffles, Moroccan chicken tagine, and grass-fed lamb burger.
If you have a sweet tooth, check out their bakery items, which include lavender spice donuts, macaroons, and cinnamon rolls.
Printz grew up in Asheville and is a BimBeriBon regular. He says West Asheville is now a dining destination.
"There's a lot of really awesome restaurants in West Asheville, and it's cool to be able to come into this neighborhood and add something a little bit different," he said.
BimBeriBon is located at 697 Haywood Road in West Asheville (the former location of The Barleycorn). They're open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. - 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday 8 a.m. — 9 p.m., and Sunday 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.