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Early Girl Eatery

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Wed., 03-20

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Quick Bread
Served warm pumpkin ginger or banana
With cheese $3.00
With bacon $4.00
With sausage $4.00
With country ham $4.00
Egg Biscuit
Biscuit and Gravy
Our homemade‏ biscuit topped with vegetarian herb cream gravy or benton’s smoky bacon gravy
Southern Breakfast
2 Eggs any style with grits and toast. Gluten free option: tomato replaces bread.
Multigrain Pancakes
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)
One Pancake
One Egg
Homefries (Gf)
Stone-Ground Grits (v, Gf)
Vegan Tomato Gravy (V)
Vegetarian Herb Cream Gravy
Benton's Smoky Bacon Gravy
Cup $2.50
Bowl $3.00
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
Caesar Salad
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
Cobb Salad
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
Salad $+1.50
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
French fries
Vegan Bean Burger (V)
A multi-bean‏ BBQ patty with avocado relish, lettuce and tomato
French fries
Grilled Pimento Cheese Sandwich
House pimento cheese grilled with fresh spinach and tomato on whole wheat
French fries
Locally raised hormone-free beef topped with farmstead cheese, basil mayo, lettuce, tomato and grilled red onions
French fries
BBQ Pork Sandwich
Chopped hormone-free pork with ginger coleslaw
French fries
Tempeh Reuben
Baked local tempeh, sauerkraut, russian dressing and swiss cheese
French fries
Avocado and Sprout Sandwich
On wheat toast with local alfalfa sprouts, tomato hummus. Vegan option, rye or kaiser roll.
French fries
Grilled Chicken Sandwich
With herbed goat cheese, fresh spinach, bacon and tomato
French fries
Catfish Sandwich
Topped with house tartar, lettuce and tomato
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
Pan-Fried Catfish
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)
Applesauce (Gf)
Iron and Clay Peas
Ginger Coleslaw (Gf)
Broccoli Salad (with Bacon) (Gf)
Candied Yams (v, Gf))
Mashed Potatoes
House Coffee
Spring Water
San Pellegrino
Organic Milk
Organic Chocolate Milk
Iced Tea
Reed's Ginger Brew
Fresh Squeezed Lemonade
Fresh Squeezed Orange
Organic Apple
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.
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

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

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Clrhoney1
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

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.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 490kenp
Reviewed 5 days ago

Sweet spot that has retained staff from the transition from King Daddy's. Thanks again, Jason for efficient, friendly service to some hungry locals.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank curlymoose05
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

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

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank dolson9835
Reviewed 1 week ago

Breakfast served all hours they are open. Great biscuits. Both vegetarians and carnivore will find something delicious.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank malawimike
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

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

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank mtnblueberrie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Caroline H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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!

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank colleens127
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank averyannette
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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. Enjoy your...More

Date of visit: January 2019
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May 23, 2018|
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Response from bgood3 | Reviewed this property |
No outside seating......not sure about pet friendly. Really good, though
March 29, 2016|
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Response from Linda C | Reviewed this property |
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
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