Early Girl Eatery

Breakfast Spot and American Restaurant$$$$
Downtown Asheville, Asheville
  • Justin K.
    "Amazing food - shrimp and grits are great!"(4 Tips)
    A Far A.
    "The early girl Benny is the way to go!"(4 Tips)
    Joe R.
    "Porky Breakfast Bowl is excellent, but very heavy."(3 Tips)
    Madeline B.
    "Fried green tomato Napoleon aka fried green tomato heaven"(7 Tips)
122 Tips and reviews
  • breakfast food
  • Southern food
  • grits
  • biscuits
  • fried green tomatoes
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  • Amelia T.
    Amelia TidonaOctober 18
    The fried chicken and bacon salad was delicious!!
  • Brandon S.
    Brandon SidesOctober 6
    My God get the sweet potato scramble. This place is very kid friendly, highly recommend.
  • Jarel H.
    Jarel HillSeptember 16
    Burger was amazing. Fries also on point
  • ketzirah l.
    Great vegetarian options - local baked tempeh instead of bacon or sausage
  • Brad E.
    Brad EvansJuly 27
    The food and the service.
  • Meghan M.
    Meghan McGeeMarch 18
    Looks like it was under renovation or closed when we tried to visit.
  • Carl F.
    Carl FigueiredoDecember 16, 2016
    Excellent. Huge fan of the shrimp and grits here. Biscuits and gravy too!
  • Madeline B.
    Madeline BiedaJune 22, 2016
    Fried green tomato Napoleon aka fried green tomato heaven
  • Kira R.
    Kira RochaMay 16, 2016
    Very interesting dishes, try green tomatoes, salad with bacon and chicken was delicious, and kids meal was amazing!
  • Patrick H.
    Patrick HartMarch 11, 2016
    One of the best in the neighborhood and warrants a stop every time I'm in Asheville.
  • Joe R.
    Joe RecomendesJanuary 21, 2016
    Porky Breakfast Bowl is excellent, but very heavy.
  • Melanie M.
    Melanie MaddoxJanuary 17, 2016
    Early Girl Benny! The perfect brunch food. Eggs, grit cake (kind of like a hash brown), and spinach and tomatoes make it good for you, right!? Plus a biscuit to sop it all up with. Delish!
  • Lindsay P.
    Lindsay PlunkettNovember 30, 2015
    Best pancakes I've ever had in my life
  • Caron S.
    Caron ShNovember 29, 2015
    Early Girl Benny! Made with grit cakes instead of an English muffin.
  • Vaishnavi D.
    Vaishnavi DodwadkarAugust 21, 2015
    The avocado and sprouts sandwich is really good !!
  • Jeff B.
    Jeff BowenAugust 8, 2015
    It's okay but not nearly as good as Louise's in Black Mountain. That place has spoiled me when it comes to breakfast spots!
  • Mary Catherine J.
    Mary Catherine JamesAugust 4, 2015
    The sweet potato scramble with local sausage is wonderful!
  • Jessica H.
    Jessica HolmesJuly 30, 2015
    Incredible home style southern cooking!
  • Josh D.
    Josh DronenApril 25, 2015
    Granola w yogurt. Vegetarian biscuits and (herb) gravy
  • Andrew F.
    Andrew FurmanApril 22, 2015
    Get the famous sausage and sweet potato scramble. It's amazing.
  • h
    hApril 11, 2015
    Sweet potato blackbean pancakes!
  • Katherine F.
    Katherine FortnerMarch 23, 2015
    Interesting menu. Vegetarian friendly! Very crowded...for a reason
  • Katherine V.
    Get the Eggs Benedict! Best breakfast I've ever had.
  • Jonathan B.
    Jonathan BlairMarch 13, 2015
    Hip as hell staff.
  • Tracey H.
    Tracey HighfillFebruary 27, 2015
    Mmmm eggs!
  • Jeanette A.
    Jeanette AndersonJanuary 22, 2015
    Don't miss the coconut cake for dinner/dessert.
  • Lily
    LilyJanuary 19, 2015
    Apple walnut salad with tempeh is way better than it sounds. Fried green tomatoes were fine, but nothing to write home about. Feels a little pricy for what it is.
  • Chrissy T.
    Chrissy TobinNovember 6, 2014
    Bacon, egg & cheese biscuit was so tasty!
    Meat loaf!!!!
  • Peter A.
    Peter AgliataSeptember 23, 2014
    The Shepherd's Pie, fried green tomatoes...everything. really good scratch made food.
  • David B.
    David BudimirSeptember 1, 2014
    Best toast I've ever had.
  • TV Food Maps
    TV Food MapsAugust 26, 2014
    Check out Early Girl Eatery as seen on Rachael Ray - $40 a Day Read more
  • Emily K.
    Emily KernerAugust 11, 2014
    Black bean and cheese quesadilla with sour cream and salsa on top is delish.
  • Dana
    DanaAugust 11, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Everything is good.
  • Jennie💋🌹 B.
    Awesome local breakfast place, a must place to try!!
  • Bryan
    BryanMay 29, 2014
    It was really good a little expensive for breakfast but great service and food
  • 1-800 Water Damage o.
    Best Breakfast EVER and served all day.
  • Amelia B.
    Amelia BowenMay 12, 2014
    Wonderful atmosphere, wonderful grits, good prices.
  • Paul M.
    Paul McRaeMay 5, 2014
    Great food. Questionable service. Had a delicious breakfast here with the Benny. Server never followed up during the meal and failed to deliver an ordered beverage as a result. Hoping it was atypical.
  • Holly
    HollyMay 4, 2014
    Hush puppies are super yummy!
  • Jeremy C.
    Jeremy CarbaughApril 22, 2014
    Worth a visit just for the tomato gravy.
  • Jason S.
    Jason SankovitchApril 4, 2014
    You can't go wrong with the sweet potato scramble.
  • Haley W.
    Haley WilliamsJanuary 12, 2014
    One of my favorite places for breakfast! Worth the wait.
  • Lea B.
    Lea BowersJanuary 6, 2014
    pimento cheese...grilled what fun. And we loved the ginger coleslaw.
  • ed s.
    ed selbyDecember 2, 2013
    Really good farm to table. Local produce and products cooked well. This is a "must go to again" restaurant.
  • Angie M.
    Angie MacAlpineDecember 2, 2013
    The smoked bacon gravy biscuits and pumpkin short bread are amazing. And they brought out a basket of toys for my kids that kept them happy so I could actually enjoy a warm meal. Fantastic place!
  • Timothy C.
    Timothy CanningOctober 6, 2013
    Amazing food, great staff
  • Collin M.
    Collin MesserSeptember 26, 2013
    Local sausage and sweet potato scramble was amazing! So were the grits.
  • Reid B.
    Reid BarwickSeptember 7, 2013
    Way better than City Cafe! Large portions, original local menu mix. Try veggie Benedict, or the Porky with sweet pulled pork.
  • Cheryl
    CherylSeptember 1, 2013
    Awesome desserts. Better then tupelo's and no long wait!
  • HeidiHo
    HeidiHoJuly 28, 2013
    Yummy! Best trout with greens, REAL Mac n Cheese, biscuit w REAL berry Jam, Try the local Hot Sauce!! No amateurs here!!
  • Gina T.
    Gina TJuly 26, 2013
    Excellent Vegan options
  • Kelly F.
    Kelly FowlerJuly 24, 2013
    Love any place that serves breakfast all day. That rules out McDonalds. This place rocks.
  • Jeff W.
    Jeff WebsterJuly 24, 2013
    Loves this spot. Some of the freshest tasting food I've had in a long time. Hit it up for lunch or breakfast.
  • Shirley L.
    Shirley LiuJuly 14, 2013
    Local sausage & potato scramble w/ smoked habanero sauce was a great combo. Best (thick) bacon ever.. However, the broccoli & cheddar hushpuppies were too oily. Mimosa didnt taste fresh squeezed :(
  • Sebastian B.
    Sebastian BlancJuly 8, 2013
    Do not go without trying their pie of the day. Pecan was amazing. The food is fresh and the ambiance is lovely.
  • Hunter F.
    Hunter FutchJuly 6, 2013
    The southern breakfast is where it's at
  • Jadwiga M.
    Jadwiga McKayMay 22, 2013
    Excellent food, great sourcing, inviting decor, friendly service. Deliciousness all day.
  • Jeanette A.
    Don't miss the homemade cakes for dessert with dinner. Hummingbird cake was so good!
  • Ali U.
    Ali UkaniMay 3, 2013
    Awesome, awesome food. Ordered a lamb burger off the specials board. Try the cucumber and onion salad (ask for hot sauce).
  • Conrad Z.
    Conrad ZApril 21, 2013
    Free coffee while I wait for a table? Outside? On a crisp spring morning? Yes, please!
  • Rockwell H.
    Rockwell HunterApril 7, 2013
    Get the sausage and sweet potato scramble.
  • Matthew H.
    Matthew HallApril 6, 2013
    It's hard to give a good tip for this place. Everything that hit our table was delicious!!! Super farm fresh! Feel great after eating there! Try the black eyed peas, collards and fried gotten tomatoes
  • Jade F.
    Jade FlackMarch 27, 2013
    Broccoli cheese hushpuppies! They're served with some of the best apple butter I have had in ages. I know you might be thinking that's a strange combo, but it's delicious!!
  • Ryan J.
    Ryan JohnsonMarch 25, 2013
    It was busy on Saturday, but worth the wait. Grits are stone ground, but each grit is huge...almost like hominy.
  • Ben A.
    Ben AbneyMarch 22, 2013
    Service was great. Menu is typical Asheville, that is trendy and frou-frou, but they do have a southern breakfast offering for us traditionalists who like simple, fresh food.
  • Artem
    ArtemMarch 21, 2013
    Porky breakfast bowl is awesome! Give it a try.
  • Carmen G.
    Carmen GentryFebruary 23, 2013
    Local sausage and sweet potato scramble is scrumptious!! :)
  • Gabrielle v.
    Gabrielle von HeykingJanuary 21, 2013
    Great pancakes, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, pretty much you can't go wrong with anything you get from here :)
  • Emilee O.
    Emilee OutkastJanuary 12, 2013
    The food is amazing, the style is all unique asheville (holla) and friendly service
  • Emily P.
    Emily PikeJanuary 2, 2013
    The best place to bring friends, family to eat- breakfast all day! Local ingredients and hormone free animal products.
  • JD
    JDNovember 26, 2012
    Food is always wonderful. The service though could be better. The waitresses tend to give you your food then ignore you.
  • Peto F.
    Peto FallasNovember 25, 2012
    Try the Green Tea Matcha
  • A Far A.
    A Far Away PlaceOctober 3, 2012
    The early girl Benny is the way to go! thanks, Early Girl!
  • Thomas L.
    Thomas LoveSeptember 7, 2012
    Ask for the smoked habanero sauce. Be ready. It's good and HOT! Enjoy on eggs!
  • Gina S.
    Gina StierwaltSeptember 5, 2012
    Wasn't all that impressed with breakfast... Average. But charming place!
  • Tasting Table
    Tasting TableAugust 8, 2012
    Order the latke-like spinach-potato cake dish topped with tomato gravy, if it’s available, or try the vegan tofu scramble or pitch-perfect shrimp and grits: Read more
  • Liz D.
    Liz DevilbissAugust 3, 2012
    This place has the BEST home fries. Broccoli Cheddar hush puppies are fantastic and the staff are the nicest people. Best place in Asheville, hands down.
  • Sarah J.
    Sarah Judd WelchJuly 29, 2012
    Don't skip the side of bacon.
  • Justin M.
    Justin MooreJune 23, 2012
    Get the broccoli cheddar hushpuppies they're amazing!
  • Nikki N.
    Nikki NickersonJune 6, 2012
    If we had more vegan focused food, we would all live longer. This place is truly one of a kind. Great good and good for you.
  • Meredith m.
    Meredith mMay 27, 2012
    Best place for breakfast in Asheville hands down.
  • Drushena C.
    Drushena ClemonsApril 23, 2012
    Long wait but well worth it! Great service and food!! Bellini's are delish !
  • Patti D.
    Patti DighApril 23, 2012
    Great local food. Go early to avoid the lunch crowd wait.
  • Sarita M.
    Sarita MangumMarch 29, 2012
    Try the shrimp & grits.
  • Dr. Anissa H.
    Dr. Anissa HunterMarch 29, 2012
    The food taste wonderful... I ordered shrimp & grits (I don't eat grits) OMG it was the BEST grits I have ever ate!!!
  • Jacques V.
    Jacques ValentinMarch 24, 2012
    Tempeh Ruben with some of the Lusty Monk "Original Sin" mustard is FAWESOME!
  • bigs hunter
    bigs hunterMarch 19, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Kiss the cook keith hes handsome hehe dont hes my husband!:-)
  • Pete H.
    Pete HicksFebruary 13, 2012
    It was ok... Mafel's is much better!
  • Cindy E.
    Cindy EdwardsJanuary 22, 2012
    Wasn't that great. Busboy smelled bad-rushed, somewhat rude workers. Not enjoyable.
  • Charles E.
    Charles EdgeJanuary 22, 2012
    Try the trout, it's the best thing on the menu!
  • Anita M.
    Anita M.November 25, 2011
    Seriously the best breakfast ever. Loved the raspberry jam on the table!
  • Amanda S.
    Amanda StenzOctober 30, 2011
    Get the Early Girl Benny. It is delicious!
  • Plesserchick
    PlesserchickOctober 27, 2011
    The sausage & sweet potato scramble is amazing. And so is the coffee.
  • Justin K.
    Justin KulovsekOctober 17, 2011
    Amazing food - shrimp and grits are great!
  • Pierce J.
    Pierce JohnsonOctober 12, 2011
    Beat the church crowd or be prepared to wait (it's worth it) for a while.
  • Travel Green Appalachia
    Travel Green AppalachiaOctober 11, 2011
    Great local breakfast spot. local eggs.
  • David P.
    David PaulSeptember 29, 2011
    Porky breakfast bowl is delicious! As is everything else. A must stop place for any foodie!
  • Rosaline
    RosalineSeptember 25, 2011
    The biscuits and gravy are not good.
  • Thomas S.
    Thomas StonerSeptember 24, 2011
    The black bean and cheddar omelet is wonderful as were the friendly staff.
  • Fritz C.
    Fritz ChaleffAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Get here before 8:30 am during the weekdays for an easy shot at getting a table.
  • George O.
    George OsmunJuly 13, 2011
    If you plan on Saturday or Sunday brunch, plan on at least a 30-min wait Read more
  • Hillary B.
    Hillary BresslerJuly 6, 2011
    Friendly staff
  • Emily C.
    Emily CiprianiJune 1, 2011
    The veg.friendly herb gravy is awesome. Eat it on a biscuit or whatever else you like gravy with!
  • Emily C.
    Emily CiprianiJune 1, 2011
    Get the fried green tomatoes with goat cheese & basil over grits from the appetizers... so tasty!
  • Adam L.
    Adam LotisMay 27, 2011
    they aint lyin about that smoky habanero sauce. try it on the catfish fillet or sandwich. it was so bombtastic i purchased a bottle right there
  • Amit G.
    Amit GuptaMay 24, 2011
    Stop in for veggie-friendly breakfast, all day!
  • Kelby C.
    Kelby CarrMay 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    They only have sugar at the table, but you can get Splenda by request.
  • Tyler M.
    Tyler McCallApril 3, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    My favorite place in the world...pretty much. Great food. Awesome service. If going for Sunday brunch plan to wait. For a large group you could be chilling for up to an hour.
  • Steve J.
    Steve JonesMarch 30, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    You can't visit Asheville and not have breakfast at Early Girl at least one morning. Arguably my favorite breakfast place in the world.
  • Atlanta Food Critic ..
    Atlanta Food Critic .comFebruary 2, 2011
    The Breakfast Bowl combines grits, eggs and veggies all mixed up and ends up being quite filling. If you’re hungry – get this! READ FULL REVIEW >> Read more
  • kamran p.
    kamran popkinJanuary 27, 2011
    Jsyk, the smoked habenero sauce? It has a distinct report.
  • Corey I.
    Corey InscoeDecember 30, 2010
    everything here is delicious. there can be a wait at lunch so be prepared. pork breakfast bowl was especially good.
  • Ben L.
    Ben LehmanOctober 22, 2010
    They have Benton's bacon now :)
  • Jason P.
    Jason PetraliaOctober 10, 2010
    Amazing for brekky. Try the bacon.
  • Christopher D.
    Christopher DanielsOctober 2, 2010
    Everything is phenomenal! Biscuits and jam= bomb! Veggies= bomb! All fish dishes= bomb!
  • Maher J.
    Maher JabrSeptember 1, 2010
    The shrimp and grits are a must have. Don't forget to top it off with some of their smoked habanero hot sauce.
  • Julie L.
    Julie LuongAugust 5, 2010
    Oh they have an amazing local sausage & sweet potato scramble. The leftovers for dinner were even better!
  • Mitchell E.
    Mitchell EasterJuly 23, 2010
    Breakfast served all day! Try the Vegan Tofu Scramble or the Blueberry Banana Pancakes!
  • Nancy W.
    Nancy WatsonJune 18, 2010
    Banana and local raspberry pancakes for the breakfast special - served all day!
  • Lisa F.
    Lisa FrameFebruary 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Always check the specials. The pan fried mountain trout is a must!
  • Kelby C.
    Kelby CarrJanuary 17, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Arrive at 11 a.m. for lunch to avoid the wait. You might have to wait a few minutes for the lunch specials board to go up, but definitely worth it.
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