Where to Eat in Asheville, NC

A recent road trip to the Smoky Mountains brought me to the artsy town of Asheville, NC. I look forward to writing a post soon detailing my road trip, but first I want to review two great cafes I visited while in Asheville.

Sunny Point Cafe

Located in West Asheville lays a gem of a restaurant–Sunny Point Cafe. This family-owned restaurant offers upscale comfort food and is open from breakfast until dinner. Sunny Point takes pride in making all their food from scratch. They even have a cute garden in the back where they grow herbs and vegetables which they use in their dishes–how cool!

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Walking into the cafe it was easy to sense the cleanliness. As the staff wiped down their tables they also wiped down the chairs too. The owners of the cafe were visible and involved. The food was fresh and served quickly. I started off with an appetizer of fried green tomatoes and they were incredible. They were crunchy on the outside, juicy and sweet on the inside, drizzled with red pepper aioli and served with a generous dollop of goat cheese (my favorite).

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For my main entree I ordered their chicken and waffles–I just had to. It’s one of their specialties and I figured if I am in the south I should eat southern food! It didn’t disappoint. While southern food is not traditionally one of my favorite cuisines, this was a tasty dish that could have satisfied my breakfast, lunch and dinner needs all in one dish! 

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For dessert, my family and I shared a German Chocolate cake. So rich and so good. As a treat, our server sent us home with some of their homemade donuts that they make fresh in-house every morning for breakfast. We saved them for the next morning and split them over coffee. They were heavenly! Although I ate at Sunny Point Cafe for dinner, they are well known for their breakfast as well. My impression of this quaint restaurant was fresh food, excellent service, and high quality in everything they do.

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Early Girl Eatery

Another absolutely adorable place to eat is a cafe located in downtown Asheville called Early Girl Eatery. I had read a lot of good things about this cafe so my family and I decided to check it out for breakfast our first morning in Asheville. The signage out front was cute and old fashioned. And it didn’t stop there. The entrance to the cafe featured a long hallway that led to a brightly lit and colorful room filled with tables, windows, and greenery. We sat at a cozy table overlooking a street in Asheville with the delicious scent of breakfast surrounding us.

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The food was both healthy and scrumptious. We all ordered different things including bacon, eggs, and, of course, coffee. My sister and I tried the Sausage and Sweet Potato scramble–it was as tasty as it sounds! I also had a chance to speak with the owner and I was very excited to hear her story. She and her family own two restaurants in Asheville, the other is called King Daddy. I could tell how committed she is to the quality and service her staff provided. We all left happy and full.

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Delicious homemade jam and cute jar with sugar on every table

As I mentioned earlier, I will write more about my experience visiting Asheville and its surrounding areas in another post. But if you ever visit Asheville be sure to check out Sunny Point Cafe and Early Girl Eatery. They are both family owned, high quality cafes committed to serving tasty food with superior service. It will be worth the visit and your stomach will thank you.

Have you been to Asheville? What restaurants have you tried?

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Disclosure: I received a discount on my meals from Early Girl Eatery and Sunny Point Cafe in collaboration for a review. All opinions stated are completely my own.

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Erin founded the Wonderlost Travel blog in February of 2015 after her experience of studying abroad in Europe. Erin has had the opportunity to travel throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and parts of South America and Asia. She enjoys writing about and photographing her travel experiences in order to inspire others to get out and follow their travel dreams. She has collaborated with tourism departments, restaurants, and other travel bloggers to share reviews and travel advice with readers in over 100 countries. Erin has a passion for traveling the world to experience other cultures and explore nature!

23 thoughts on “Where to Eat in Asheville, NC

  1. I gotta say, looks like you ordered exactly the RIGHT things! Holy yum!!! Sunny Point Cafe is delicious and has a great outdoor seating area. I have not yet tried Early Girl because it is always packed!! Man, I am craving those fried green tomatoes now lol

    Thanks for sharing, glad you had fun in Asheville!!

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    1. Thank you so much for reading Amy! Those fried green tomatoes were out of this world 🙂 let me know if you ever try Early Girl Eatery, I went on a Friday morning and had no wait.

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  2. I probably should not have read this before dinner- haha. SO HUNGRY. I seriously need to try chicken and waffles…it sounds so weird. But its clearly a thing!

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  3. Thinking of taking a weekend trip to Asheville! Will have to check out these places! Those fried green tomatoes look amazing!!

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