Early Girl Eatery: Not Just for Girls

It's no secret Early Girl Eatery serves up good food. Okay, really good food. What in Asheville, North Carolina, isn't good, right? Personally, it's the internal struggle I find myself having every time I'm there: figuring out what to do, because there are just too many good things to choose from. Yes, too many good choices is the problem, and I face the exact same conundrum every time I visit Early Girl Eatery. The good news is that you can't go wrong with any decision you make.

At Early Girl Eatery, their farm-to-table menu supports over 20 local farms, and as soon as you walk in you're greeted by a chalk board clearly listing the source of key ingredients. Breakfast lovers are in luck because they offer it all day long, but don't think that's any indication they don't do other things well because you'd be wrong. They do so many things right; again, here in lies the problem - just too much good food to choose from!

Last time I stopped in for lunch I went with a 'Meat & Two' selection. For my protein, I went with free range chicken that was lightly pan-fried and topped with herb cream gravy, and for my two vegetables I wisely chose the collard greens and macaroni and cheese (yes, mac 'n cheese is considered a vegetable in the South). In total, I was very pleased with everything with my favorite being the collards, which were very fresh, laced with ham, and very well balanced - not too vinegary tasting, as many can be. I found the herb cream gravy to be slightly overpowering, but the lightly fried flavor of the chicken leveled things out nicely.

So, if you heading towards Asheville this summer and find yourself perplexed on where to eat, visit Early Girl Eatery. They're centrally located, in the heart of downtown, serving up a wide variety of locally produced food that's highly reflective of their tight-knit community. You won't be disappointed, and it's one good choice you won't have to worry about making!

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