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Our homemade biscuit topped with vegetarian herb cream gravy or benton’s smoky bacon gravy
2 Eggs any style with grits and toast. Gluten free option: tomato replaces bread.
Three cakes with organic maple syrup
Shrimp and Grits
Jumbo shrimp sautéed in a spicy brown sauce with peppers, green onions, tomato and andouille sausage over stone-ground grits poached free-range chicken in a cream gravy with carrots, peas, celery and onion over a biscuit
Vegan Tofu Scramble (V)
Marinated organic tofu with peas, red onions, mushrooms, tomato and spinach, served with toast
Local Sausage and Sweet Potato Scramble
Eggs scrambled with local pork sausage, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, bacon and green onion, served with toast. Gluten free option: tomato replaces bread.
Country ham $+1.50
Early Girl Benny
Grit cakes topped with tomato, spinach, poached eggs, tomato gravy and avocado, served with toast
Black Bean and Cheddar Omelet
Topped with salsa and sour cream, served with homefries and toast. Gluten free option: tomato replaces bread.
Fresh Fruit (V)
Stone-Ground Grits (v, Gf)
Vegan Tomato Gravy (V)
Vegetarian Herb Cream Gravy
Benton's Smoky Bacon Gravy
SOUP & APPETIZERS
Soup of the Day
Broccoli Cheddar Hush Puppies
Served with apple butter or creamy garlic dressing
Early Girl Platter
House hummus, pimento cheese and avocado relish, served with fresh fruit and crostinis
Fried Green Tomato Napoleon
Fried green tomatoes layered with fresh basil and herbed goat cheese, topped with salsa and balsamic dressing, served over grits
House Green Salad – Small (Gf)
House Green Salad – Large (Gf)
Topped with tomato, cucumber, organic carrots and farmstead cheese
Toasted Almond and Ginger Salad (v, Gf)
Greens tossed in a sweet ginger dressing with toasted almonds, sunflower seeds, celery, diced oranges and red pepper
Fried Chicken and Bacon Salad
Green leaf lettuce topped with farmstead cheese, bacon, diced cucumber, tomato, grated carrots, fried chicken and your choice of dressing
Romaine tossed with caesar dressing, topped with parmesan cheese and grit croutons. Gluten free note: our croutons are gf, but come from our fryer which is also used for non-gf items.
Apple Walnut Salad
A bed of fresh spinach topped with local apples, chopped walnuts and local goat feta cheese with your choice of dressing
Tomato, boiled egg, bacon, grilled chicken and avocado over chopped romaine, topped with farmstead cheese and cobb dressing
Chicken Salad Plate
House chicken salad with fresh fruit
Grit Croutons to Any Salad
(Gf note) this item is gf but comes from our fryer which is also used for non-gf cooking
served with cup of soup, French fries or vegetable
Vegan Bean Burger (V)
A multi-bean BBQ patty with avocado relish, lettuce and tomato
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich
House pimento cheese grilled with fresh spinach and tomato on whole wheat
Locally raised hormone-free beef topped with farmstead cheese, basil mayo, lettuce, tomato and grilled red onions
BBQ Pork Sandwich
Chopped hormone-free pork with ginger coleslaw
Baked local tempeh, sauerkraut, russian dressing and swiss cheese
Avocado and Sprout Sandwich
On wheat toast with local alfalfa sprouts, tomato hummus. Vegan option, rye or kaiser roll.
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
With herbed goat cheese, fresh spinach, bacon and tomato
Topped with house tartar, lettuce and tomato
MEAT & TWO
Choose one protein and two vegetables with a biscuit
Pan-Fried Free Range Chicken
With herb cream gravy
Sautéed Local Mountain Trout
Topped with pecan butter
Grilled Pork Loin
Smothered with benton’s smoky bacon gravy
Sweet Potato Black Bean Cakes
With sour cream and avocado relish
Topped with pear chutney
Prepared with local, hormone-free beef, topped with tomato gravy
Choose four vegetables with cornbread
Cucumber Onion Salad (v, Gf)
Stone-Ground Grits (V)
Iron and Clay Peas
Ginger Coleslaw (Gf)
Broccoli Salad (with Bacon) (Gf)
Candied Yams (v, Gf))
Organic Chocolate Milk
Reed's Ginger Brew
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Orange
Pot of Hot Tea
earl grey, English breakfast
India spice, chamomile, lemon ginger, moroccan mint
Early Girl Eatery is a critically acclaimed dining destination that has been highlighted in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Wall Street Journal, and Bon Appetit. Established in 2001 and locally owned, the restaurant serves southern food and features local and seasonal ingredients. Located on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, the restaurant boasts a casual and charming atmosphere. Early Girl Eatery serves breakfast and lunch daily. The restaurant also serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday; reservations are only available for dinner.
All reviews brunch early girl benny biscuits bacon gravy southern breakfast fries meatloaf country ham hush puppies cakes black beans sandwich bread local sausage wall street breakfast all day worth the wait
I’ve been to Asheville too many times to count and always wanted to eat brunch here. Last week I headed to the mountains and arrived in time to get on the long but not rediculous wait list for a small table at their old location...More
If you're looking for a place with a creative breakfast menu while serving some of the best farm to table dishes then this is your place. Everything was fresh, the service was great and coffee and drinks were bottomless.
Early Girl on 444 Haywood road is 2nd location for them and did not disappoint! We always stop at Early Girl downtown Asheville on on trips. Consistently good and unique yet not strange. Great value and presentation! They are always busy but waits are no...More
We’ve eaten at Early Girl many times over the past 12 years and always recommend it to friends. The food is consistently good, although a bit pricey. But a word of warning - the noise level is outrageously high. We’re usually there on weekends and...More
A friend and I stopped in Early Girl Eatery for dinner. The service was good. They did have a bar menu with delicious drinks and we each tried one which were both good. We had salads for dinner, which we both enjoyed.
It's a very...More
Recommended by friends. Be prepared to wait a few minutes to get in. They are very organized & you can shop locally while waiting. Food is all fresh & healthy. Lots of vegan choices. Delicious breakfast find!
When you walk in the door it’s tiny, but the restaurant is actually in the back of the building and holds quite a bit of people. This is apparently a local favorite — we got the recommendation from an employee of a nearby shop. We...More
If you are in Asheville and you want a really great breakfast make your way over to Early Girl Eatery you won't be disappointed.
They have an excellent selection with reasonable pricing. It might be a wait but it will be worth it.
I believe so. For instance they use croutons made out of grits for their salads. I had a friend with Celiacs visit me here, and we found that it's pretty easy to find gluten free options in most restaraunts. There is a... More
I believe so. For instance they use croutons made out of grits for their salads. I had a friend with Celiacs visit me here, and we found that it's pretty easy to find gluten free options in most restaraunts. There is a restaurant called Posana, that is entirely gluten free and supposed to be fantastic.
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