Five simple ingredients. Infinite possibilities and room for argument. (Why else would Google deliver 281,000 video results for a sandwich with 80% of the ingredients in its name?)
The bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich has a century-long reputation as a classic American sandwich. It’s beloved by millions around the nation, and has inspired artists and record breakers. The BLT even has its own place in the calendar! (April is National BLT Month.)
When locally grown heirloom tomatoes are ripe and at their peak of flavor, it’s BLT season in Western North Carolina! Whether you prefer a classic BLT, a BLT with a twist, or a vegetarian version, carve out some time to enjoy this iconic summer sandwich before the season is done.
Lettuce introduce you to some of our favorite BLT sandwiches in communities across WNC. Here are 14 local restaurants that serve an amazing BLT sandwich.
Skip Ahead! Find mouth-watering BLT sandwiches near you:
- BLT Restaurants in Asheville
- BLT Restaurants in Brevard
- BLT Restaurants in Hendersonville
- BLT Restaurants in Waynesville
BLT Restaurants in Asheville
12 Bones Smokehouse
Even before becoming a favorite of President Barack Obama, 12 Bones Smokehouse had a solid reputation as a restaurant not to miss. Their BLT features sugar bacon, fried green tomatoes, lettuce, and pesto mayo on wheat berry bread. Vegheads can try the MLT with smoked portobello mushrooms. (Not currently available on their limited menu.)
5 Foundy Street, Suite 10, Asheville | (828) 253-4499
3578 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden | (828) 687-1395
With two locations in downtown Asheville, City Bakery is packed all day with breakfast goers, sandwich lovers, and people looking for the perfect pastry. Enjoy their traditional BLT on house-made French bread, or try the TAB: smoked turkey, avocado, and bacon with basil mayo on ciabatta.
88 Charlotte Street, Asheville | (828) 254-4289
60 Biltmore Avenue, Asheville | (828) 252-4426
High Test Deli & Sweet Shop
If you’re looking for a unique deli and sub shop, you’ve found it! High Test Deli is committed to serving delicious food and providing great service from two locations in WNC. Stop by for The Diesel, featuring applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on your choice of one of 10+ toasted hearty breads. (Currently open at their Bryson City location.)
134 Coxe Avenue, Asheville | (828) 552-3801
145 Everett Street, Bryson City | (828) 488-1919
Loretta’s has been a downtown lunch staple since 1998. Come hungry, because their full sandwiches are not for the faint of heart. Enjoy the classic BLT with soup, salad, or a snack attack (grilled pita with your choice of protein or side).
114 N Lexington Avenue, Asheville | (828) 253-3747 | lorettascafe.com
Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack
Rocky’s “Tennessee-style” hot chicken has been making news since 2009. Delicious without any spice, pepper lovers can order from mild to XX hot—but be warned! The Pimento Cheese Chicken BLT is well worth trying for adventurous sandwich lovers who want to enjoy a BLT AND Rocky’s famous fried chicken.
1455 Patton Avenue, Asheville | (828) 575-2260
3749 Sweeten Creek Road, Arden | (828) 676-3222
Village Wayside Bar and Grille
Run by “slightly dysfunctional people pleasers,” you’re sure to have a fun and satisfying experience at Wayside. Located in the heart of Biltmore Village, the restaurant is a mix of casual dining and upscale options you can only find in Asheville. Their classic BLT comes with applewood smoked bacon, lettuce, tomato, and mayo on homemade sourdough bread from Annie’s Bakery.
30 Lodge Street, Asheville | (828) 277-4121 | villagewayside.com
Ziggy’s Bakery & Deli
Known as “Asheville’s Philly Deli”, a trip to Ziggy’s does not disappoint. Zigheads of all tastes will enjoy their soups and special salads, which frequently change based on local/seasonal availability. For an extra taste of the City of Brotherly Love, try a BLT on a Philly Amoroso roll!
1550 Hendersonville Road Suite 100, Asheville | (828) 505-1101 | facebook.com/Ziggys-Bakery-Deli
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BLT Restaurants in Brevard
Rocky’s Grill & Soda Shop
Rocky’s Grill and Soda Shop has been a hub of classic Americana since 1942. They still serve all your favorites, from flat-top burgers and hot dogs to famous milkshakes, malts, and egg creams. Their BLT is a fountainette classic, served with crispy bacon on toasted buttermilk bread. For an even more perfect combo, add smoked turkey!
50 S Broad Street, Brevard | (828) 877-5375 | rockysnc.com
The Square Root
There’s a reason the Square Root has been voted the best lunch and dinner restaurant in Brevard by locals for 10 consecutive years. Menu choices include options to please all ages, as well as anyone who enjoys delicious, fresh food at reasonable prices. For a refined taste of the South, try the fried green tomato BLT, topped with bacon and goat cheese on wheat berry bread, and served with roasted red pepper aioli and mixed greens.
33 Times Arcade Alley, Brevard | (828) 884-6171 | squarerootrestaurant.com
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BLT Restaurants in Hendersonville
The Dugout Sports Bar and Grill
Since 2012, the Dugout has been the place to go for fans of sports and local beer. The bar and grill offers a great selection of sports-themed apps and meals. On their courtside sandwich menu, don’t dribble past the Shrimp BLT. This all-star sandwich features fried green tomatoes, grilled shrimp piled high, crispy bacon, and lettuce served on Texas toast.
430 N Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 692-9262 | thedugoutsportsbargrillandtaphouse.com
Flat Rock Village Bakery
At Flat Rock Village Bakery, everything is made from scratch daily. Their hearty Avocado BLT features avocado spread, sliced tomato, pesto mayo, bacon, and organic greens on your choice of toasted sourdough or 9-grain bread. Check their collaboration board and you’ll see that bacon is sourced from Hickory Nut Gap Farm and tomatoes from Holly Spring Farm.
2710 Greenville Highway, Flat Rock | (828) 693-1313
235 St John Road, Fletcher | (828) 687-7999
It just tastes better at Mountain Deli. The entire menu features only fresh, natural ingredients and emphasizes locally grown, seasonal ingredients as much as possible. The Classic BLT includes maple pepper bacon along with the fresh tomatoes, lettuce, and mayo. The adventurous will also enjoy the turkey BLT or smoked salmon BLT.
343 N Main Street, Hendersonville | (828) 693-0093 | mountaindelinc.com
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BLT Restaurants in Waynesville
The Patio Bistro
Are you looking for an alternative to fast food restaurants? The Patio Bistro is healthy, yummy, and “a must” in Waynesville. They’re known for their quiche, cookies, soups, and paninis—so enjoy one alongside your Patio Ultimate BLT (crispy B, L, T, cucumber, guacamole, and mayo on lightly toasted wheat berry bread).
26 Church Street, Waynesville | (828) 454-0070 | patio-nc.com
Smoky Mountain Sub Shop
Voted the number one sub shop in Haywood County, Smoky Mountain knows their classic BLTs. Choose the 6-inch or 12-inch white or wheat sub, or from a selection of four sandwich breads. Any sandwich can be made on gluten-free bread or as a wrap.
29 Miller Street, Waynesville | (828) 456-3400 | smokymountainsubshop.com
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