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Downtown Asheville
3.7 miles from Biltmore
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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 dinner, lunch and all day breakfast.
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I got the pork dish with eggs over medium. Wonderful!!! It was also one of the few places that opened by 8:00 am.

Date of visit: February 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I only gave it 4 stars because we sat before a few tables but they end up getting their food faster. Qaitress told me that cook had to start over on my order. This should've been known before bringing our food to us. I would...still eat here again...More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This was a super popular spot when I googled so was excited to give it a try. The wait wasn't too bad. I ordered the chicken and biscuits with a side of grits and was super disappointed. The grits were a bit watery and bland....I've never had bad fried chicken until I tried the tenders - bland as well. Didn't taste like they had any seasoning at all. The service was great though!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed January 7, 2021

Ate here for breakfast and was really ho hum. And pricey! We all agreed our breakfasts were pretty nondescript. 4 of us ate here, had pancakes, a western omelette, and a yam omelette. Place is cute and trendy and staff was very nice. Service okay....I am a tea drinker and they had a nice local tea. The only sweetener they had was raw sugar and it never dissolves very well in anything. Our server asked if we wanted a biscuit with our meal, and we said yes, but they were $3 extra. ha! I collect glasses from restaurants where we eat while traveling and they had a cute little "Early Girl" glass for $7.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed January 6, 2021

This is a popular spot, and the wait is likely long in the morning, but the food is well done and more creative than most brunch joints. I would expect tourists as well as locals to come regularly. Service was quick, and there were no...issues. I definitely would recommend checking it out!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

Great place! Service was great- friendly, fun, and prompt. A unique restaurant you need to try!!! Menu items are fun and prepared with love- you can tell. Just go here!

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 20, 2020

What a great foodie restaurant for locals and tourists! My Apple and Berry Salad was a good recommendation by our very fun and sweet waitress, Erica. The side biscuits with the Southern Tomato Gravy, was icing on the cake! However, the Shroomie Garden Sandwich was...my wife's favorite, and by my one 'large' bite she shared, I can certainly vouch for her. The sandwich comes on a tasty, Rye bread that goes so well with the portabella mushrooms, carmelized onions on the spinach base. The Hot Tea was the perfect addition to this wonderful lunch we shared in beautiful downtown Asheville together. Will definitely be back, when visiting!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 11, 2020 via mobile

Amazing menu! A wonderful breakfast with a very creative menu. Lots of choices for the meat eater, vegan, dairy free and gluten. Great coffee!

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 10, 2020 via mobile

We had brunch. This establishment was excellent with following Covid guidelines of masks and social distancing. The chicken and waffles was fantastic! As was the herb and goat cheese omelet. Excellent service.

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 10, 2020 via mobile

I fully recommend to visit Early Girl Eatery, the food is well prepared and you can feel the flavor of the natural ingredients. Make your reservation ahead, the restaurant follows CDC guidelines regarding occupancy.

Date of visit: December 2020
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August 4, 2020|
Response from donotenterdoc | Reviewed this property |
you would have to contact Early Girl Eatery for that question.
May 23, 2018|
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Response from Elizabeth T | Reviewed this property |
No outside seating......not sure about pet friendly. Really good, though
March 29, 2016|
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Response from jessong | Property representative |
All our fried chicken, catfish, meatloaf, and local sausage scramble are GF. We also offer GF bread as a substitute with no extra charge.
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