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Nothing’s locally sourced. No huevos rancheros. No “breakfast salad.” No tofu chorizo to sub for the Hickory Nut Gap Farms hormone-free, antibiotic-free, all-natural humanely raised local bacon brought in from Fairview this morning by a team of fairies.
No chai, no latte, no soy milk. No 25-minute wait. Probably no outdoor seating and no dogs.
Just breakfast the way it used to be. Here’s the list:
“It’s kind of like family here,” says Randy Burrell, who has been coming to the coffee shop since 1993. He lives nearby and usually comes in on Fridays to kick back with a cup of tea, pancakes, eggs, hash browns and sometimes an apple turnover. “Gnelle makes us all feel at home.”
The servers are sweet and call you “darlin’.” Go for breakfast and TRY to spend more than $5, you’ll be stuffed if you do. It’s delicious and perfect for the value. Make sure you bring cash OR check because they don’t take debit or credit cards- it’s old school.
Five Points Restaurant. Breakfast until 11:30. Outskirts of downtown.
The quintessential diner. Very friendly wait staff of the “more coffee, hon” variety.
Miami Restaurant: Candler
The food is down home southern! Cooked fresh by the owner, the staff have been there forever, and all the locals eat there. Was there this AM and could not get in!! Small area to dine with the old style chairs, but it is all worth it!
The Cornerstone Restaurant: East Asheville
We stayed at the Homewood Suites, so it was very convenient to walk to the Cornerstone. I had the perfect omelette, and my husband was very happy with his Greek Salad. I kept finding reasons to go back, their lemon cake was to die for. TripAdvisor link
Moose Cafe: West Asheville
My backpacking friends wanted to eat at Hardees and get back on the road so we could get to the trail. I strongarmed them to get them to the Moose Cafe. That was six years ago…now, they will not pass Asheville without stopping at the Moose Cafe. TripAdvisor link.
Baba’s Kitchen. Breakfast until 2 p.m. North Asheville.
Only good things to say. Cynthia & I had a late brunch today. We really enjoyed the potato & egg sandwich, the Russian Omelet, the mini-latkes, and most of all the friendly staff and warm feel of the restaurant. We’ll be back with friends soon.
The Mediterranean: Downtown
This is a low key, casual, old-fashioned type place in the center of downtown. I would say that this is a place locals go for a good meal. The inside is charming and the service very good. There’s a counter, as well as a lot of booths.
I only had breakfast. The best over medium eggs I have ever had. And, I’m not usually a grit-eater, but these grits were good – they were yellow grits – perfectly cooked. The meal was SO cheap – like $3-something. It was prepared quickly and the server was very efficient.
The Leicester Family Restaurant: West Asheville
I love this restaurant. It’s totally unpretentious, the food is homemade and delicious and the staff and owners very friendly – a real effort is made to make you feel at home. All kinds of people eat here, from locals to professionals working in the area.
What’d we miss?
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