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“off the beaten track” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Firestorm Cafe & Books - CLOSED

Firestorm Cafe & Books
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.
Asheville, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“off the beaten track”
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.

Visited May 2013
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  • English first
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English first
Greeneville, Tennessee
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Politics, Music, Art, Veganism, Fun!”
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 for you. The coffee with cayenne syrup was amazeballs, the indian soup was delicious, and I adored the live music we happened upon that night. :) I wish I lived in Asheville, simply because of this place. Chicagoans: it's similar to Wicker Park's vibes!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Asheville, North Carolina
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35 reviews 35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Amazing Joint!”
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!

Visited February 2013
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Asheville, NC
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112 reviews 112 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 34 cities Reviews in 34 cities
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
“Good vegan food, out of the ordinary books”
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 not get into several other restaurants and were pleasantly surprised by the food quality. We had a fresh garden salad, a tempeh salad wrap, and a side of hummus, which was freshly made and very tasty. The food menu is not extensive or elaborate -- bagels, wraps, and salads -- but it is good, honest, and all vegan. Browsing the book shelves is an enlightening experience too!

Give it a try -- Firestorm won't disappoint.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Asheville, North Carolina
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32 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Local hangout”
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 the charm.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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