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“Southern Comfort”
Review of Early Girl Eatery

Early Girl Eatery
Ranked #47 of 793 Restaurants in Asheville
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Takeout
Neighborhood: Downtown Asheville
Asheville, North Carolina
Level 6 Contributor
102 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
“Southern Comfort”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

After a debacle with the rude jokers over at Mayfel's, our group decided to take our talents to Early Girl. The contrast between the nasty, gruff staff at the previously mentioned spot and the warm, welcoming crew here was like night and day. Despite being busy, they were able to seat us right away and we wasted no time in gettin down into the thick of it. As soon as I read the description for the 'Porky', I knew I needed to look no further; homefries, BBQ pork, scrambled eggs and farmstead cheese smothered in Benton’s smoky bacon gravy!?! If youre gonna go out, then go out with a bang. At least thats what that ol' rascal Rooster always says. And being as how he was sitting just across from me, I knew it was only matter of seconds before he too would discover the Porky on that menu and strut down the same path as yours truly. As for the ladies, Lady McStyles tried to pretend that ordering a fried chicken salad was somehow a healthier option than what the rest of us went with. She then flung it all out the window when she agreed to split an order of biscuits and gravy with Rooster. Rooster's bride steered clear of us carnivores, opting for the veggie breakfast bowl. Our server took care of everything, slingin' some beverages our way in no time and sending our order up the chain of command with a sparkle in her eye and some pep in her step.
In good company, food always seems to arrive in no time and this occasion was to be no different. I must admit, the biscuit and gravy gave me pause. It was a sad little biscuit and some gravy on a plate that looked like it could hold a whole lot more, but that was to be the only blemish on our meal here, and the gravy was so absolutely dumbfoundingly delicious, that it was quickly forgotten. Porky, you are the apple of my eye. You are the bowl of gold at the end of the rainbow. You are the extra notch in my belt.... You get the point; everything in there was done just right. Maybe the farmers cheese was a little too intense. But the life of McStyles is always intense, so wheres the harm? Rooster was flappin his feathers to the same tune and the ladies werent looking too ladylike; plundering what lie before them like a pair of jackals. Satisfaction and decadence all around, to be sure. We all spoke to our good fortunes of the poor attentions we received at Mayfel's, that led us here. I have no doubt that we will be making a habit of this fine eatery. I just hope that Im able to keep the boat afloat in the wake of all that gravy and the such..

  • Visited July 2013
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Unbelievably local.”
Reviewed September 14, 2013 via mobile

If you are in Asheville you can't miss Early Girl. It is truly unique and has a ton of incredible menu items. Staff is awesome and everything they feature is local. Don't miss it!

  • Visited September 2013
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Ormond Beach
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144 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
“Great Local Food”
Reviewed September 14, 2013

Four of us went to Early Girl at a native's recommendation. All of our food was really, really good. Our husbands thought it was too noisy and did not like the ambience. Hence, four instead of five stars.

  • Visited September 2013
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Seattle
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Love Early Girl”
Reviewed September 13, 2013

Just simply hands down one of the best breakfasts around. Great quality food, cooked well and creatively, good coffee, yummy fresh squeezed lemonade and paper table clothes you can doodle and draw on! Fast and super friendly service, lively dining room...just a perfect way to start your morning! My favorite breakfast place in Asheville!

  • Visited July 2013
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Folly Beach, South Carolina, United States
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great Brunch!”
Reviewed September 12, 2013

Early Girl was easily worth the slight wait. Actually we could have been seated right away but my partner wanted to have the fresh local trout which was being delivered and not available until 11 AM.
Service was quick, the food tasty and a bit different. We've eaten at Early Girl several times and knew to expect a bit of noise, just the sounds of happy customers at brunch time.

Visited August 2013
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