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Firestorm Cafe & Books - CLOSED

48 Commerce Street, Asheville, NC 28801-3306 (Downtown Asheville)
828-255-8115
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Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Bakery, Coffee Shop, Vegan
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Good for: Outdoor seating
Dining options: Dessert
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Description: Firestorm Cafe & Books is a worker-owned and self-managed community event space located in downtown Asheville, NC. In order to provide you with the highest quality menu while supporting the creation of sustainable, just and local economies, we use vegan ingredients that are organic, regional and/or cooperatively produced.

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Denton, Texas
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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2013

This place is simply great. The coffee / espresso and drinks are really delicious. The counter-culture book selection can't be found in one location anywhere. If you're in Asheville, enjoy quality coffee and want to support unique, local business - don't miss this stop. Try the Vanilla Affogato; double espresso with locally made vegan vanilla ice cream - yummy! The... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2013 via mobile

Laid back and with a little grit. I get the feeling it operates like so many coops from back in the day...sometimes well and sometimes frustrating. This Friday morning it was a bit slow but worked for me. Cinnamon Cubano took a while but was well done. Bagel with cream cheese was hot and fresh although halfway through I remembered... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Finding this place can be a challenge. It is around the back and underneath the Thirsty Monk which is on the corner of Patton Ave and Asheland Ave. They have alot going there best to check just to be sure.

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Greeneville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2013

This location is great. There is some parking in the back, a little in the front (free after 7pm), and there is a hilarious mix of people coming in and out the doors. If you like co-ops, worker collectives, political lit/signage, strange birds, cafe food, being a veg*n, or (like me) all of the above, this is an amazing place... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2013

If you're into progress, meeting amazing people, and an overall good vibe, this is the bookstore/cafe for you! They have an incredible selection of books, and all sorts of unique events taking place. Definitely worth a visit on a lazy afternoon!

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Asheville, NC
Top Contributor
111 reviews 111 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

This small establishment is interesting in many respects: It is owned and operated by the workers, offers a glimpse of Asheville's bohemian side, serves vegan food, and has an unusual collection of socially conscious books. The brewed coffee and teas are excellent. Fortunately for us, Firestorm is open until 10 PM. We visited on a Saturday evening when we could... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2012

If you want a taste of Asheville's locals scene with vegan food and good coffee, Firestorm is the place. They always have some sort of local unique event going on in their back room, staff is always nice, and they have an interesting selection of books. Sometimes the customers can be a little, say, eccentric, but that's all part of... More

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Asheville, North Carolina
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

great independent bookstore with a cafe (plus community space at the back for local lectures or music). internet connections. cafe serves local food - from sandwiches to truffles. staff is friendly.

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Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2012

I've been here twice, the first time I got food which was okay, but several bugs were crawling all around my table which made it very unappetizing. The interior is shabby and honestly, I'm not sure about the hygiene of everyone. Saw several homeless people just hanging out in there. Asked the two guys behind the counter for a manager... More

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New York City, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

This is a very nice small bookstore. It has a great vibe. It is definitely a place you can just hang out in if you needed to take a break or kill time. They also have a nice cafe with gluten free pastries, which I appreciated as someone who is very allergic to gluten. It is also a worker owned... More

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