Lead Staff

Brandon Murray

Head Baker

Julia Eastep
Deli Manager

Montana Fain


A small Deli
 with a Big Heart

We offer a variety of traditional (& novel) deli sandwiches and sides. We keep the menu simple so we can focus on making everything the best it can be. 

More than just a hot line, our kitchen team lovingly prepares sourdough breads, hand shaped pretzels, smoked & brined local meats, raw ferments, vinegar pickles, and traditional condiments.

Most of our foods take hours, days or even weeks to prepare. It's quite a journey from simple ingredients to your plate. We hope you enjoy the care in every bite!



Local & Regional Partners

Lindley Mills Flour
Graham, NC

Hickory Nut Gap Farm Meats
Fairview, NC

Smiling Hara Tempeh
Barnardsville, NC

Rayburn Farm
Barnardsville, NC

Hillman Beer
Asheville, NC



friendly words

It is essential that you know everything is made on-site - the bread, the buns, the salads. And it makes a real difference. The burger buns today were epic.

If you are looking for outstanding, handcrafted, locally sourced food, and excellent, responsive waitstaff, this is your spot.
— - Crystal via Yelp @RiseAboveDeli
My husband and I have ordered almost everything on the menu and everything is delicious. The ingredients are good quality and most everything, including the bread, is made in-house. My favorite item is the pecan pie. I cannot have enough of that pie!
— - Karyn via Yelp @RiseAboveDeli
The vibe [at Hillman Beer] is so Asheville but with amazing high dollar taste and not the prices. The food [at Rise Above Deli] is on point! Don’t negate it because you think it’s just beer (which they do so well!!!). The creative menu really does make this spot a lunch or early dinner destination. The staff will bend over backwards to make your visit a great one.
— Jen via Yelp @HillmanBeer
The pig missile, a grilled brat served in a hollowed out fresh pretzel roll with sauerkraut and whole grain mustard is something you just have to order to believe just how creative and awesome it is!!!
— - Michael via Yelp @HillmanBeer