From the RAD to the North Side, from Haywood Road to Hendersonville Road, here’s the Ashvegas picks from a native who knows. Hipster joints, diners, and Greek restaurants alike, we visited them all to make our picks and share them with you.
What do you think? What did we miss?
ASHVEGAS TOP PICKS: The best of the best
* Early Girl. Downtown. Egg breakfasts, quiche, French toast. There’s always a wait during peak times, but there’s coffee in the waiting area. Homey, bright, welcoming, casual and delicious. Farm-to-table approach with organic ingredients. Menu.
* Over Easy Cafe. Downtown. No longer quite a best-kept secret, but still too far under the radar for breakfasts this good. The lavender French toast is a city standout, as are the omelets. Cozy, small, casual and many locally sourced foods on the menu. Link to PDF menu. Website.
* Sunny Point. West. Regarded as the best breakfast joint in town if not the best in the observable universe, the Point delivers with southern comfort breakfasts including huevos rancheros, an ingenious “breakfast salad” (eggs and bacon on a salad), and nearly perfect biscuits sprinkled with sugar that beg to be smeared with butter and local blackberry jam. Vegetarian options, too. Menu.
The Green Sage: Perhaps better known as a coffeeshop serving lunch, the Green Sage also serves up a very tasty breakfast including omelets, oatmeal, granola…and carrot-cake pancakes. Breakfast all day. Menu.
Posana Cafe: Everything is gluten-free here: Toast, pancakes, and even desserts. Creative breakfasts change seasonally, and can include pecan toffee pancakes with blackberry maple syrup and hazelnut puree. Casual but with elegant food that’s a notch above–and a nice side patio, too. Menu.
Mayfel’s: A little taste of New Orleans in Asheville, Mayfel’s serves beignets as well as benedicts, shrimp & grits, a tofu scramble and more. Casual with a wait on weekends, and some of the best courtyard seating in Asheville. Check it out on a sunny day. Menu.
Tod’s Tasties: On Wednesdays, the heavens open, the angels sing, and still-warm fresh-baked doughnuts from Vortex Doughnuts Table baker Laura Goetz appear. Every day, there’s delicious breakfast bowls (eggs, greens, kimchi, tempeh), and the occasional breakfast special is always worth checking out. Great coffee and baked goods, too. Menu. (Scroll down to see more breakfast options.)
Five Points Restaurant: A diner and Greek restaurant near downtown with a local clientele and an affordable breakfast in oversized portions. Just the classics here: eggs, bacon, biscuits & gravy, real hash browns, no-frills service, and good prices. Hot, fast, filling, and so unhip we can’t link to a menu.
HomeGrown: Fresh, local ingredients and a changing seasonal menu that can include corned beef hash, a veggie frittata, and absolutely killer fried chicken biscuits. Busy and noisy at peak times, but the line moves fast and the wait is worth it. Menu.
Rise ‘n’ Shine: Casual and hip, with wake-you-up yellow walls, Rise ‘n’ Shine’s got great selections of pancakes and omelets, including the Funky Monkey (banana-walnut pancakes) and a Greek omelet with spinach, tomatoes, black olives, onions and feta. Menu.
The Green Sage (South): The same as above in the Downtown listing, just South instead of downtown.
The Corner Stone: Another family-friendly Greek restaurant to make the list, the Corner Stone serves a traditional, affordable menu of country egg breakfasts, Belgian waffles, steak & eggs, pancakes and more. Menu.
Moose Cafe: Eggs, grits, sawmill gravy, liver mush biscuits and the Blue Ridge Breakfast (two eggs, a pancake, country ham and grits or home fries). You get the idea. Nothing over eight bucks on the menu. Enjoy. Menu.
Got a favorite we missed? Comment and let us know!
Last updated February 25, 2013