Top 8 Breakfast Spots in Asheville
Which Restaurants Received the Highest Votes in Our Online Poll?
In June 2017 we conducted a new poll and the results are in! We asked our fans to choose their favorite spot in Asheville for breakfast. There were 56 restaurants named in the poll, and out of those, these eight garnered the highest vote. Here they are in descending order:
Just north of downtown Asheville on Merrimon Ave., you'll find Homegrown -- a local eatery, serving local food, cooked by local people. See a theme? HomeGrown's slogan is "Slow food right quick." That is to say, they serve up good, clean, local food in a real prompt manner. They have an ever-changing, affordable menu. So, the only tough part is deciding what to get and whether to enjoy your meal in the cozy dining room or out on the patio.
What to order: The buttermilk fried chicken here is a total fan favorite. Pair that with a biscuit or other delicious sides for a breakfast that will be sure to get your day off on the right foot.
Located on the brick-lines streets of Biltmore Village, the Corner Kitchen serves up "Southern cuisine with an urban twist." This bistro resides in a beautiful turn of the century Victorian Home which once housed employees of the Biltmore Estate. President Obama also dined here during his 2010 vacation to Asheville.
What to order: Head in for brunch and try their Hickory Nut Gap Chorizo and Eggs. The pork is locally sourced and delicious. Start your meal with a cup of their signature Corn & Crab Chowder.
With the Western North Carolina Farmer's Market right next door, it's no wonder Moose Cafe features fresh, local vegetables daily. Their menu of home-cooked, southern-style comfort food has earned them a reputation as a place where the locals go to eat. Their popularity has even earned them a feature in Southern Living Magazine. Expect to be greeted with hot homemade biscuits and made-from-scratch apple butter at every meal. Not only is the food delicious, but the mountains views from the dining room will also hit the spot.
What to order: Pick a southern favorite -- you can't really go wrong. fried chicken, meatloaf, mac and cheese, and collard greens have all received high marks.
With a menu that changes with the seasons, Over Easy is a downtown staple with a loyal following from Asheville locals. They proudly claim to use only organic eggs, and all of their meats are organic, antibiotic and hormone free. They also have a variety of dishes that will satisfy those looking to eat Gluten-free, Vegetarian, and Vegan fare. On the walls of the dining area you'll see the work of many local artists.
What to order: Try one of their fresh squeezed juices. Their Detox blend combines beets, orange, apple, lemon, lime, ginger - a perfect way to recover from a late night on the town.
Tupelo Honey is among the restaurants that have helped put Asheville's culinary scene on the map. This popular eatery has received acclaim from the New York Times, Frommer's, Rachel Ray, Garden & Gun and so many more. Known for it's new south flair, the downtown hotspot has branched out, now with two locations in Asheville and other locations from Georgia to Colorado. Make plans to get here early as the line forms the moment the doors open.
What to order: Whatever you do, make sure to share an order of their Fried Green Tomatoes appetizers with the table. The tomatoes are served over goat cheese grits with fresh basil. Amazing! Wash it down with their signature rosemary-peach house-made lemonade.
You know it's good when "Made from Scratch" is a restaurant's motto. This farm-to-table restaurant in downtown Asheville cool cobblestone Wall Street serves up southern comfort food and better yet, breakfast is on the menu all day long. Rachel Ray highlighted Early Girl on her popular "$40 a Day" series which aired on Food Network.
What to order: Go big or go home! Their Porky Breakfast Bowl comes complete with homefries, BBQ pork, scrambled eggs and farmstead cheese smothered in Benton’s smoky bacon gravy.
This West Asheville eatery has received a lot of national attention in past years. Everyone from Fodor's to Southern Living have touted the amazing breakfast this place serves up. Their food is so good that people will gladly stand outside in the rain while waiting for a table.
What to order: Their Huevos Rancheros was a finalist in Good Morning America's Best Breakfast in America competition. It comes with savory black bean cakes, Snow Creek chorizo sausage, feta cheese, roasted tomatillo salsa, and herb tossed red skin spuds topped with two free range eggs any style, cilantro crema, and crisp tortilla strips. Yum!
Topping our list is fan favorite Biscuit Head, a restaurant which aims to put some "south in your mouth" with their fresh take on southern home cooking. With two locations in Asheville (west Asheville and downtown), Biscuit Head is a convenient way to start a day of exploring the city. The premise of a breakfast here is simple: begin with huge, fluffy cat-head biscuits, then add on everything from traditional eggs and bacon to the more adventurous pairings such as the pulled pork with an egg on top. You'll also have a wide variety of homemade jams and jellies to choose from to sweeten the deal.
What to order: Given the location in Beer City, you have to try the "gravy flight." Pick three savory gravies and a warm, fluffy cat-head biscuit. Yes, it's as good as it sounds!
Our Facebook fans agreed on one thing: the options are seemingly endless when it comes to breakfast in Asheville. While the eight restaurants above rose to the top in our poll, these four also received their fair share of love: Green Sage, King Daddy's Chicken and Waffles, Mayfel's, and Posana.
Top photo, Homegrown, Corner Kitchen, Early Girl Eatery, and Sunny Point pictures by Jared Kay. Tupelo Honey photo by Emily Chaplin. Biscuit Head photo by Amy Wester.