Food, glorious food! The only thing that could make Asheville food better is if you ate it after sleeping late on the weekend, and had some booze and/or coffee along with it.
Let’s slap a side of biscuits & gravy on that idea on that idea and call it brunch in Asheville. Here’s our picks.
Not all restaurants listed serve brunch year-round. Brunch may not be served every day of the week. It’s always a good idea to call first to check hours, availability, parking and any need for reservations.
Stoney Knob Cafe: Greek/Mediterranean restaurant actually in Weaverville, but a short drive from downtown. Absolutely knockout American/Southern brunch with huevos rancheros and blackberry crepes. The Greek coffee and hot chocolate are delicious. Don’t let Weaverville hog all the fun. Menu.
Tod’s Tasties: Artisan cafe walking distance from downtown. Breakfast bowls, great coffee and tasty baked goods. Band of Horses are big fans. Menu. (Scroll down to see more breakfast options. There are also great daily specials.)
Luella’s Bar-B-Que: Barbecue restaurant with a live-music, southern-style brunch and $6 BLT Bloody Marys (your glass is rimmed with brisket rub and garnished with bacon, lettuce, and tomato wedges). Sunday brunch only.
The Corner Kitchen: Good enough for President Obama and First Lady Michelle. Plaques commemorating their visit for dinner are on the table near the top of the stairs. Some of Asheville’s best fried chicken is on the brunch menu only, along with pomegranate blueberry mimosas and an Andouille sausage scrambler with peppers, onions , and cheddar cheese with grits & a biscuit. Brunch Sat. & Sun.
The Biltmore Estate: Another destination brunch for special occasions (or when you really want to splurge), the Sunday brunch buffet at the Deerpark restaurant doesn’t have much local color, but does have plenty of indulgence.
Over Easy: Three words: Lavender. French. Toast. You’re welcome. Possibly the most underrated brunch and breakfast spot in town. Top-notch breakfast and brunch includes eggs Benedict with mushrooms, garlic, capers, fresh herbs and marinated Hickory Nut Gap skirt steak. Also vegan biscuits & gravy. Heavenly.
Posana Cafe: Oh Posana. As if your sweet side patio with its charming view of the Jackson Building was not enough, you must also give us French toast stuffed with lemon ricotta and topped with blueberry brandy compote (pictured above). And everything is gluten free. And author Neil Gaiman ate here with Charles Vess, Edgar Oliver and George Dawes Green. Menu.
Limones: Nouveau Mexican and cozy, romantic decor. And amazing habanero and pomegranate margaritas. Brunch is Saturday and Sunday only, and includes poblano-smoked duck sausage burritos, smoked chipotle chilaquiles and Mexican hot chocolate with churros. To die for. Reservations recommended. Menu.
Mayfel’s: A little touch of New Orleans in Asheville, with beignets on the menu, funky decor and possibly the best courtyard in town. Also killer Benedicts, great tofu scramble, shrimp & grits, French toast and more. Breakfast/brunch until 4 p.m. daily. Menu.
Early Girl Eatery: A top Ashvegas pick. Farm-to-table Southern cuisine that was locally sourced before local sourcing was cool. Breakfast all day includes quickbreads, quiche, creative seasonal specials and some of Asheville’s best egg breakfasts. No cocktails, but the coffee (and the service) is great. Kid-friendly, too. Menu.
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The Junction: Welcome to The Junction, home of the honey-pecan pull-apart cake, pork brunch tacos, and biscuits with mushroom-sage gravy and Dijon creme fraiche. Just say yes to how we roll in Asheville! Menu.
DeSoto Lounge: Weekend brunch starts at noon. The menu can include breakfast pies (mushroom, egg and cheese or broccoli, egg and cheese), “brunch bake,” the spicy breakfast burrito, banana waffles and chicken and waffles. Apricot-mango mimosas and a Bloody Mary bar.
Sunny Point Cafe: Regarded by many as the best breakfast and brunch place in town, if not in the universe, the Point is the place to go for your morning meal. An Ashvegas pick for breakfast and brunch. Some of the greatest omelets and huevos rancheros ever made. Check out the sweet kitchen garden by the parking lot. Menu.
Honorable mentions (great brunch just outside of Asheville):
And it’s in Fairview, but still a hit: The Local Joint. French toast, pancakes, eggs Benedict, biscuits and gravy, huevos rancheros. Brunch until 3 p.m.
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