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.

Asheville time to Rise N Shine, and get some breakfast

When folks ask me about a breakfast in Asheville, I usually ask “what end of town?” Of course we have some nice choices in the middle of the downtown area which include Early Girl Eatery, Over Easy Cafe, Mayfel’s and Green Sage. And then we have Sunny Point on the “westside” on Haywood Rd. But many times, the breakfast at Rise N Shine Cafe has wooed us just 3 minutes up Merrimon Ave on the “northside” of town. Not only is the food healthy & so tasty with only the finest ingredients used; but this hipster atmosphere and friendly staff is wonderful as well. Peggy, the owner of Rise N Shine behind the scenes & sometimes the Chef behind the cook station, is a great person as well; community minded and an awesome part of our Asheville family. If she is not there, she is probably home making some homemade jam. I want the Strawberry-Lemon please!

Megan is my favorite waitress at Rise N Shine Cafe, & possibly in all of Asheville North Carolina. And the restaurant is located next to Circle in the Square North so my weekly pizza fetish is satisfied nearby. Also the world famous (at least in our little World) Hop Ice Cream Cafe is on the other side of Rise N Shine, so delicious dessert is just a “hop, skip & jump” away. Breakfast and local homemade ice cream go great together!

They also have a great lunch menu, but when I eat at Rise N Shine Cafe at any time of the day; I usually get the Herb Omelet with toast and fresh fruit. And this is my perfect breakfast in Asheville NC. If you are not a regular at @RiseNShineCafe, stop by sometime and watch yourself become a big fan quickly too. Delish!

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