This popular eatery, named after a type of tomato, is located on the site of Possum Trot Grill in downtown Asheville. Ever since it opened its doors ... More
Early Girl Eatery
This popular eatery, named after a type of tomato, is located on the site of Possum Trot Grill in downtown Asheville. Ever since it opened its doors in 2001, the joint has been attracting crowds with its fresh Southern fare. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed, and you will see locals hopping in for a leisurely breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. The menu tends to change seasonally, ensuring that you are always dining on the freshest veggies. The homemade bread and pies are popular, and you can even find recipes for some of their signature dishes on their website.
Very overrated. We had breakfast that we could not even finish. Sausage patties had a spoiled taste and hashbrown potatoes were burnt. They did not have packets of sugar for the coffee, it was a glass bowl that you poured. The sugar was packed in and the waitress handed me an ink pen to stick in the opening to loosen the sugar to pour---disgusting! I would never visit this restaurant again.
My husband and I were in Asheville for 9 days, and ate at the Early Girl Eatery based on online reviews. We had a tempeh reuben and enjoyed it. If we lived in Asheville, we'd go back to the Early Girl every so often.
I have been eating here since they opened 9 years ago(I am a local) and have always been very satidified with my meal. When I have company from out of town, we always make a point to eat here. It exemplifies all that Asheville is-diverse, homey, health conscious, friendly, supportive of local farmers/businesses and welcoming to visitors. You should definitely give it a try!
The food was good and it was very flavorful, i had meat loaf, mac and cheese, and collard greens. The meatloaf and mac and cheese is not made the traditional way, but its very good, the collards were the best that i have had in a while. I really enjoyed the experience. I was greeted nicely, but the waitress was ok, the atmosphere was nice, i would definately go there again and i would reccomend it to people.
We went to Early Girl for lunch. I heard they have great breakfast - and they serve it all day - but we were really in the mood for lunch. We had the Early Girl Platter which was black eyed pea hummus, pimento cheese and avocado relish with bread and fruit. I was a little disappointed in the whole thing. They gave you a ton of bread and not much of anything else. The hummus, pimento and relish were all good, but it was nothing outstanding. I had a salad with pear and fried goat cheese. It was very good, but again, a small half pear on top, three little balls of goat cheese and a ton of spinach. I think the best thing we had was the kids mac and cheese and chicken fingers - made from scratch. Overall I thought the waitress was fine, the food was good, and the overall atmosphere was good. But I think next time we are in Asheville, we'll go for breakfast.
I really enjoyed the Grilled Asparagus Salad, an absolutely incredible mixture of flavors. The service was well intentioned but fell short. I don't think the same wait person came to our table twice, so many of our requests were lost or had to be repeated. I would recommend it to my friends!
Terriblely overrated!!!! I can't believe this place gets such high reviews from people! The uncleanliness of the place is enough to not get me back there! If they aren't going to clean the place up they could at least paint over the nasty walls and make them appear clean! The food was not good either. We went for lunch! I had spinach cakes with tomatoe gravy - the tomatoe gravy was marinara sauce! Me being from the south expected totally different! The food was subpar for sure! I was very disappointed!
I love Early Girl Eatery! I love the cozy and artsy atmosphere - it really exemplifies the downtown Asheville lifestyle. The staff is laid back, as is the ambiance. The restaurants choice to use local produce and meats is a BIG PLUS for me. The fact that everything is made from scratch, the way southern food should be.... major kudos! And, the fact that this southern cuisine has been elevated to new levels (perfectly cooked and sans lard).... priceless.
The kitchen layout is open air and as you are heading to your seats you can view the cooks hard at work.... and the aroma that hits you as you pass will make you even hungrier by the time you get to your table. Once you are at the table you are free to test your artistic skills on the brown paper that covers the table... It may even end up on the wall!
I do enjoy their breakfast over lunch, but both are good. The breakfasts are hearty, but they are still healthy. You definitely do not leave with that greasy heavy feeling that is typical of most chain breakfast places. The egg dishes are wonderful. Or, for a real southern treat get the shrimp and grits or a fried green tomato sandwich with bacon! BTW, this is a good place to get REAL tasty grits! Don't leave without trying the pumpkin bread!
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