With such a thriving restaurant scene, Asheville has something for everyone – whether you are gluten free, vegan, a farm-to-table fanatic (maybe all of the above) or just needing a quick bite to start off your day. Those of us at Asheville Cabins have tried them all – for purely research reasons of course – and have compiled a list of places that you can’t beat for the most important meal of the day!
The Corner Kitchen
In historic Biltmore Village, The Corner Kitchen has delighted locals and travelers with a farm-fresh menu in a casual environment. Not only are they known for a fantastic lunch and dinner menu, but their breakfast menu offers the classics of a traditional cafe with an attention to quality ingredients you don’t see everyday. From Pecan Trout with Eggs to Biscuits and Gravy, the care put into their food is apparent from the first bite. The Corner Kitchen is located in a restored 100+ year old house, rich with history and flavor, and should not be missed on any trip to Asheville!
Tupelo Honey Cafe
Founded in 2000, Tupelo Honey Café is a staple in the Asheville restaurant world, and has quickly garnered a reputation for itself for having a fresh, creative take on traditional southern comfort favorites. From sweet potato pancakes and goat cheese grits, to the Debutante: a dainty omelet with basil, havarti and caramelized onions. Maybe the meat lovers in the group can try the Chorizo & Chow Chow Grit Bowl, or Tupelo’s take on a Canadian Poutine? Either way, Tupelo Honey is not to be missed during your trip to Asheville.
West Asheville offers several restaurant options that stand out from the crowd – just like West Asheville itself. The funky area is full of quirk and irreverence, a stylistic approach to everything, especially cuisine. A favorite among locals, Sunny Point Café is a colorful, quaint restaurant with a breakfast menu that will knock your socks off. Their signature dish might just be their Huevos Rancheros: black bean cakes, chorizo sausage, feta, tomatillo salsa, herbed potatoes, two free-range eggs and a cilantro crema. Most dishes allow for substitutions if veggie sausage and tofu bacon are more your style. You can build your own omelette or biscuit, and finish with a warm oatmeal brulee (it’s exactly what it sounds like!) The wait for a table if you arrive early is still close to 30 minutes, but we hear from guests time and time again how much it is worth the wait!
Also representing the West side of Asheville, Biscuit Head (named for the size of the biscuit – as big as a cat’s head) specializes in what they do best – flaky, buttery biscuits and all the amazing additions you can imagine. There are benedicts of all kinds, creative twists on traditional breakfast sides, and to cap it all off a butter bar! Word of mouth and a fantastic, evolving menu has put Biscuit Head front and center as one of the faces of Asheville cuisine.
If you are looking for a fresh, healthy take on breakfast, Green Sage is the perfect place to work with any food requirements or dietary specifications, while still offering delicious food in a casual setting. Gluten sensitive biscuits and tempeh bacon round out traditional breakfast sandwiches, while fresh juices and coffee beverages give a much need boost in the AM. Meats are sourced locally from Hickory Nut Gap farms, and an appreciation for the preservation of our environment is a key motivator in how they run their 3 locations.
Our local flavor is one of a unique nature: delicious and creative, fresh and sustainable, authentically southern with an appreciation for the small mountain city that we lovingly call home.