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Oct 15, 2002 09:05 PM

Early Girl Eatery in Asheville, NC

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Anyone familiar with this place? I understand the chef/owner is John Stehling, brother of Robert Stehling who owns and runs the well-regarded Hominy Grill in Charleston. We get to Asheville occasionally and are always looking for new places to try.

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  1. The previous restaurant in that space was called Possum Trot Cafe - it was supposed to be Cajun. It was HORRID. The first thing I would do is make sure the restaurant has really changed hands/chefs in the last year or so...not just changed names. We've been afraid to try it.

    That said, I noticed the staff of one of the local "out&about"-type free papers picked it for a best-new-restaurant.

    PLEASE report back if you go there.

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    1. re: danna

      ate there last december while visiting my family in asheville, after several other restaurants in the area had long waits. we all liked it, which is something of a feat. try the catfish, eggs, and grits breakfast. granola was also good.

      1. re: danna

        My spouse and I went to Early Girl in early December, '02. It was superb. Both me---the meat eater---and my wife---the vegetarian---thought it had excellent food, good service, and a wide range of breakfast and brunch options, especially if you don't eat eggs. Highly recommended!

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        Kathy Guttman

        I was there in late August for a Sunday brunch. I did enjoy it, but wouldn't say it was the highlight of my trip (from Toronto, Canada). What was the highlight was both Zambras and Salsas - both were incredible. Highly imaginative menus, food well prepared and executed with taste sensations to write home about. I will definitely go there on next trip. Another really good place, I believe on Merrimon, was Picnics. Great spit roasted chicken & duck, with all sorts of delicious side dishes - I loved the grilled Kale. And they have all sorts of delicious baked goods!
        Asheville has a wealth of wonderful restaurants for a town that size - great place to visit!

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        1. re: Kathy Guttman

          I'll second that on Salsas. Incredible food, and quite different from usual. It's just always so damn crowded!


          1. re: Bob

            Ate at early girl eatery today for lunch - it was superb! We waited for about 5 minutes, not bad at all, service was great, food was amazing, and vibe was upbeat and casual. I had the sesame encrusted tofu salad and the vegan chili (yum) and my bf had the fried chicken which he LOVED (and he is very picky about his FC!). We have tried Salsas, Tupelo, and Laughing Seed and have found this to be our favorite place in Asheville thus far. Perfect for the vegetarian/meat eater couple, we both got to have stellar food and lots of options. We will return!

            1. re: lavendula

              PS- We loved it so much we returned for brunch and again, wonderful :) Potato Cakes were surprising and delish and the tofu scramble was a nice change from the usual egg dishes. My bf loved the bacon side and the OJ is freshly squeezed and yummy albeit $4 a glass :)

        2. I've breakfast and lunch a number of times and have never had a bad meal. Specializes in healthy southern food (might be an oxymoron). Not as upscale or as creative as some of our restaurants but consistently delicious.

          1. Early Girl is great for any meal of the day and/or brunch on weekends. The garlic potato cakes with tomato gravy is one of my favorites (not sure if it's on the menu - it's often a brunch special). It's not expensive, it's in a great location, and it is owned by the brother of the guy who owns Hominy Grill in Charleston. I used to live in Charleston, now in Asheville, and I think I like Early Girl better than Hominy. Sometimes there's a wait for brunch during busy seasons, especially if you have a large party like we usually do (it's a great place to bring friends from out of town - there and Sunny Point). I don't mind waiting if I know the food is good!