Begin your day of mountain adventures with a hearty breakfast or enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch at a big vareity of local restaurants. Here are our top spots and places in and near Asheville for our favorite meal of the day:
The Market Place
An ingredient-driven menu sources from local farms and artisan producers. Breakfast and lunch items will suit your palate, along with craft beer, wine, and cocktails. A favorite is the wood grilled burger with tomato jam, pickled red onions and smoked cheddar. On Sundays, their Motown Brunch has live music 10:30 AM-2:30 PM. In April-December, brunch is also served on Saturdays. Reservations recommended. 20 Wall Street.
Edna's of Asheville
This coffee shop and bakery serves breakfast all day. Favorites include Esmerald's quiche, lox and bagel, and create-your-own croissant sandwich. In-house fresh baked pastries include scones, muffins, Danish, cookies and cinnamon rolls. Open Monday-Friday 6:30 AM-10 PM, Saturday 7 AM-10 PM and Sunday 7 AM-9 PM. Two locations: 870 Merrimon Avenue in north Asheville and 219 Amboy Road in West Asheville
Enjoy brunch on Pack Square in the heart of downtown. You choose how you want to eat and drink. It might be “breakfast-ish” with a cup of locally roasted coffee and a brown sugar cruffin or an inventive brunch cocktail and duck confit hash topped with a poached egg. Want lunch? Go “all in” with a local craft beer and a Rhu Burger. Saturday & Sunday 10:30 AM-3 PM. 7 Pack Square.
Chef Duane Fernandes has created a brunch menu crafted by the flavors of the Carolinas, featuring dishes from the coastal plains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. Enjoy specialties like Coastal Blue Crab Eggs Benedict, Ashley Farms Fried Chicken with Biscuits and Duane’s Double Burger. Great outdoor dining location. Serving Sunday Brunch 11 AM-3 PM. Downtown at One Battery Park Avenue.
Jerusalem Garden Cafe
Enjoy authentic made-from-scratch Mediterranean and Middle Eastern dishes in downtown Asheville, transporting your senses to faraway lands. Weekend international brunch has a Southern twist with baharat biscuits and gravy, egg and lamb gyros, French toast and crepes stuffed with seasonal ingredients. Pair with a mango mimosa or hand brewed Turkish coffee. 10 AM-3 PM on Saturday and Sunday. See pics & video. 78 Patton Ave.
Tupelo Honey Cafe
This landmark in downtown Asheville serves up a rendition of Southern cooking, sourcing many ingredients from nearby farms and earning accolades from national publications. Try their Southern breakfast bowl, fried chicken and biscuits, sweet potato pancakes or omelet stuffed with pimento cheese. Don't miss the golden tomato Bloody Mary. Often a long wait on weekends. Open daily at 9 AM. 12 College Street.
This hot spot is well-known for their cat-head biscuits and house-made jam and butter bar. Oh my! Add to that their gravy flights (usually seven to pick from), smoked chevre grits, coconut-stewed collards, local sausage and bacon and fried chicken. Open Tuesday-Friday at 7 AM- 2 PM and Saturday/Sunday 8 AM-3 PM. 733 Haywood Road (West Asheville) & 417 Biltmore Avenue
Blue Ridge at The Omni Grove Park Inn
Feast on a farm-to-table artisanal buffet while overlooking the majestic Blue Ridge Mountains. The Art of Breakfast is made up of two massive rooms filled with amazing options, including yogurt bar, doughnut buffet and gluten free options. They open at 6:30 AM daily for breakfast with weekend brunch 12-2:30 PM. Reservations recommended for the Champagne Sunday Brunch. 290 Macon Avenue.
Bed & Breakfasts
Imagine waking up in a grand home and walking downstairs to the dining room where you are served a gourmet feast! Feel like royalty and get pampered in one of the many B&Bs in our area. Enjoy a leisurely morning and relax after breakfast rocking on a porch or by a roaring fire with your coffee. What way to start the day!
Farmers Markets & Local Farms
Get out early to sample local farm-fruits, vegetables, pastries, jams, jellies, and more. The big Western NC Farmers Market is open every day. Many tailgate markets on Saturday morning.
Located at the big Western NC Farmer's Market, this is a great stop before you browse the market and meet local farmers. Their country breakfast includes huge scratch pancakes, thick French toast, omelets, farm fresh eggs cooked to order, liver mush, and grits of course. A special treat is their apple butter and molasses on the table for your biscuits. Open 7 days a week at 7 AM. 570 Brevard Road
This sweet hot spot in the South Slope near downtown is new for 2015! Their doughtnuts are hand-made with fresh, high quality local ingredients like French Broad Chocolate icing, Savory Chop Shop Butchery bacon, malty caramel sauce made from beer brewed next door, etc. They especially love to use seasonably fresh fruits from local farms. Most everything is organic and sustainable. Don't forget their excellent expresso! Open 7 AM-4 PM. 32 Banks Avenue
Sunny Point Cafe
A favorite local's spot in West Asheville since 2003, discover innovative comfort food with made-from-scratch products and farm-to-table approach. They even grow some of their ingredients in their adjacent garden. Favorites include the huevos rancheros, cornmeal hot cakes, French toast and their killer shrimp and grits. Open every day at 8 AM and breakfast menu served until 2:30 PM. 626 Haywood Road
A local's favorite for family dining with generous portions since 1997. They offer a big breakfast menu of home cooking plates, including pork chops, three egg omelets, pancakes, waffles, country ham, grits and great bacon. Open at 7:30 AM every day. East Asheville at 102 Tunnel Road
Southern breakfast is served all day with a wide variety of made-from-scratch dishes with many ingredients from local farmers. A local's favorite is the sausage and sweet potato scramble, create your own omelet, country ham, home fries and the veggie breakfast bowl. Check for daily specials on their board outside. Open 7 days, Monday 7:30 AM-3 PM, Tuesday-Friday 7:30 AM-9PM and Saturday/Sunday 9 AM-9 PM. 8 Wall Street
Enjoy scratch-made Louisiana-inspired cuisine in a cute, eclectic and fun restaurant at Pritchard Park. They have two pet-friendly outdoor dining areas. Menu includes eggs benedict four ways, steak and eggs, biscuits with milk gravy, southern fried oysters and beignets (of course). Open Monday, Thursday and Friday at 10 AM and Saturday/Sunday at 9 AM. 22 College Street
Get delicious fried chicken and waffles in West Asheville with a fresh and creative menu. Order decadently or check out gluten-free options. From shrimp and grits to their waffle benny and pork cracklins, enjoy breakfast items all day. Open 9 AM daily. 444 Haywood Road
Located inside the Hilton in Biltmore Park Town Square, they fuse southern comfort with modern sophistication, inspired by the chef’s grandmother’s kitchen. How about banana's foster French toast, eggs benedict many ways, and a variety of egg dishes from a nearby organic farm? And a mimosa or Bloody Mary. Serves breakfast 6:30-10 AM Monday-Friday and 6:30 AM-2 PM on Saturday/Sunday. 43 Town Square Blvd.
For the best view with your breakfast, drive the Blue Ridge Parkway to Pisgah Inn, located at 5,000 feet elevation with panoramic mountains views. Their open seven days a week, serving hearty breakfast dishes 7:30-10:30 AM in April through October. Get there early to get a great table (no reservations), especially on weekends. Located at milepost 408.7 (about 15 miles south of Asheville - allow about 30 minutes driving time).
Located inside an historic house in Biltmore Village is a popular spot with simple and flavorful American fare, such as corned beef hash, bagel and lox, johnny cakes, hashbrowns, fried grits and cream cheese scrambler with a griddled bagel. Breakfast served 7:30 -11 AM Monday-Friday. Weekend brunch is 9 AM-3 PM. 3 Boston Way
Over Easy Cafe
This tiny cafe in downtown Asheville focuses on supporting local farmers, using organic ingredients whenever possible. A variety of dishes satisfy any food restrictions, including gluten-free, vegetarian, and vegan. Enjoy organic fair trade coffee, breads from nearby bakeries and fresh squeezed juices and seasonal smoothies. Open 8 AM-2 PM daily. 32 Broadway Street
Since 1999, they bake a wide variety of artisan tradition French breads daily. Choose from an array of house-made croissants, danishes, eclairs, cheddar-scallion biscuits, sticky buns, bagels and other pastries. And pair it up with locally roasted organic coffee or espresso. Breakfast served Monday-Friday 7-11 AM and Saturday/Sunday 8 AM-12 Noon. Two locations downtown Asheville: 60 Biltmore Avenue & 88 Charlotte Street
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