The strictly no-meat Rosetta's Kitchen has been a hit from the get-go with vegetarians and carnivores alike. Part of the allure lies in the funky atmosphere of this eatery, where punk rockers and hippies hobnob with City Council members. Where else can you pick up a patch for your skinny jeans and some local artwork with your peanut-butter tofu and a tap-drawn pint of Buchi?
The cross-cultural comfort food served up at Rosetta's is plenty good, but it's even better after a long night of carousing the Asheville music scene or staying up late to get some work done — or whatever reason you have to be out and about at 2 a.m.
The vegetarian chili-cheese fries are a huge seller for the late-night bar crowd, according to the staff. What's more, you can order those fries in all their greasy, beer-soaking glory with vegan queso. Same with the nachos, which can be had topped with all manner of fixins, like jalapeños, house-made pico de gallo, even sauerkraut if you're completely hammered enough to order such a thing.
We don't intend to leave you with the impression that Rosetta's is simply a haven for the soused — that's certainly not the case. But we do leave you with these words of wisdom: Friends don't let friends drive home without a bowl of smashed potatoes and granny's nutritional-yeast gravy.
— Mackensy Lunsford