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Descubre The International Culinary Scene In Asheville And Discover Gypsy Queen Cuisine En Español

Oct 25, 2021 | 1 comment

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Hello Asheville! Ready for your weekend? I am for sure. Fridays are always a feel good day for me, and today, I’m going to treat my self to one of my favorite places in town, a place that locals love and I bet not many tourists know about it.

GYPSY QUEEN CUISINE, owned by Lebanese immigrant and Chef Suzy Phillips, or as I like to think of this lady, the QUEEN OF ALL FOOD TRUCKS IN ASHEVILLE. The restaurant is a really neat place and a mini grocery store as well.

This place started as a food truck and let me tell you, the beginning wasn’t easy for food trucks in this town, but this lady, among other food truck owners made their voices be heard when not many restaurants were supportive of having food trucks around downtown Asheville, in fact I think this is still the case.

Anyway, lucky us, people who love good food supported her dream and she now has one of the BEST RESTAURANTS IN WEST ASHEVILLE. Yes indeed, one of the best in the west side.


And now that you have learned a little bit about the history of this place,  let’s get to the food y’all!

What did I have?


To start my Friday right, I’m having a LAMB- BEEF SHAWARMA WRAP.

What is it? I’m going to describe it as the brother of the Greek Gyro, taking the risk of pissing off some Greek people, and some Lebanese folks as well, I’m kidding. I hope nobody gets mad, because I’m not going to stop here. I believe this Shawarma wrap is a distant cousin of the Mexican Burrito as well, why?  For starters they all look very similar and the concept is meat and some of the basic and traditional ingredients of these cultures wrapped inside a pita bread, or flour tortilla, if we talk about the burrito.

But make no mistake, this SHAWARMA WRAP is a champ in it’s own right, the combination of lamb and beef with mint cabbage slaw makes it light and so freaking DELICIOUS, plus the Lebanese hot sauce they have at this place is CALIENTE for sure! But not fire, just the right amount of heat…mmmmm.

You are going to love THIS FREAKING THING, I promise. But hey, I noticed they don’t always offer you this hot sauce, so make sure you to ask for it at the counter. DO IT! Because it makes the shawarma wrap AWESOME that not having this hot sauce on it, is a BIG MISTAKE.

I can easily have two of the Shawarmas, but then I would be sick, I seriously was tempted to have two, because this thing is fantastic y’all.

I also had some baba ganoush with pita bread, this was good no doubt, but the star is the shawarma NO DOUBT.

For dessert, I had this SUPERB dry cake called Kanafeh, it comes with rose water syrup and mmmm, what a treat this cake is seriously. This was an awesome meal and the perfect way to start my Friday.

Here is where you will find all the awesome multicultural food scene in Asheville

My belly was full and my heart was happy knowing that a place like Gypsy Queen has survived the pandemic, and that my money is going to a locally owned, immigrant owned, lady owned, independent restaurant.

Yes, I want to visit Gypsy Queen for many years to come, and I hope you do this as well.

Located on Patton Avenue #807. The place is a GEM, cute and cozy, the ambiance isn’t fancy, but it sure has charm.

Highly recommended ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Definitely in my top 5 restaurants you must visit in West Asheville.

Hours are Monday- Sunday 11:30AM –  9:00PM 

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1 Comment

  1. Sarah Melendez Kelly

    Oh my gosh absolute mouth watering torture reading this and being 150 miles away, but I will absolutely be there soon! You mentioned some things I haven’t tried in my local Arab restaurants, so I’m dying to try..


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