A visit to Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville

Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville is nothing new to us. I remember years ago when several of us had offices on Wall Street and this new restaurant opened up. Souper Sandwich was the place to be (it has since closed) and then suddenly this new place called Early Girl Eatery took over the spot where Possum Trot Grill used to be.

Of course all of us had our favorites at Early Girl since day one. I remember one of the staff loved the biscuits and gravy, another was all about the traditional breakfast, and another always got the latest and greatest creative dish that they had to offer.

A great breakfast was born in downtown Asheville NC. Julie and John planted a seed in the community that has yet to be duplicated and that could never be replaced. Today that landmark stands strong, and has since their opening in October 2001. We were one of the 1st to try them out and have been back repeatedly ever since.

Plenty of breakfast spots have opened since then in the downtown area, but as far as homegrown, Asheville grown… we look to Early Girl Eatery at 8 Wall Street. The fresh, organic yum simply does not end. This was the beginning of us appreciating great food, where it came from, and how it is delivered & cooked.

When you walk into the eatery, you are greeted by a hostess stand with a chalk board behind that shows all of the super fresh local ingredients they incorporate in their recipes and from what farm or company they come from. You are escorted down a corridor to a dining hall walled with windows that face College Street and Pritchard Park in downtown Asheville. The seating is a cozy environment with some tables closer to each other than others; so it is not uncommon to have a short chat with the “guests next door” at the table nearby.

The staff. Well they are extremely Ashevilly; from your average hipster to hippie, or a mix of both, that you will find in the downtown dynamic. They are focused on work, but always willing to talk for a few if they are not packed out, as it usually is.

The breakfast and lunch: It is simply delicious and a favorite of many who live in the Asheville area as well as tourists, which says a whole lot. (Inside joke. Many locals know what I mean) So if you are looking for a great meal in downtown Asheville, Early Girl Eatery is the place to be and sure to please.

If you have eaten at Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville, leave a comment below and share your experience with all of us. Thank you.