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Jul 10, 2010 05:49 PM

Great Visit to Early Girl Eatery in Asheville

Thanks to everyone who mentioned Early Girl Eatery in Asheville. I did a search on this board, and found quite a few positive posts. All with good reason.

I ordered a special of garlic and potato cakes with tomato gravy, eggs, and a biscuit. Also sampled the sesame crusted tofu salad and a slice of peanut butter pie.

The potato cakes were like mashed potatoes with a very fine crust - this was a WOW dish that could humble many a fine restaurant. I couldn't stop eating the tofu salad. The sesame tofu was served room temp (a surprise) but was delicious with perfect, fresh strips of corn off the cob, sugar snaps, and red pepper. The peanut butter pie was out of some light and airy dream.

All in all, an impressive meal by any standards. All Chowhounds dream of living near such a careful and talented kitchen.

Early Girl Eatery
8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

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  1. We were there for lunch on Friday and I seriously considered ordering the special you got. But instead I had sweet potato/black bean cakes with cucumber/onion salad and grilled asparagus. It was wonderful. My daughter had the vegan bean burger and it was quite good, too.

    I really like the focus on fresh, local ingredients. Wish we lived nearby and could just go there anytime.

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    1. re: decolady

      Who knows... maybe we were there at the exact same time. We were there for lunch about 1pm - 2:30pm. There was a bit of a wait, but I guess that is normal for such a stellar place.

      1. re: Steve

        We got there around 12:30 and were told there was a 20 minute wait. We went back out and listened to the street musicians until 12:45. Looks like we were there about the same time. Really is a small world, n'est pas? I will try the tofu salad next time.

    2. If I'm not mistaken this restaurant is the sister restaurant (literally) to Hominy Grill in Charleston, SC? If it lives up to that billing, it would be a staple in my dining rotation.

      Hominy Grill
      207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403

      1. Love it, archetypal Asheville, funk restaurant. Good vegetarian & meat dishes. They typically put a twist on most dishes that (generally) work. Good service, nice "Asheville, funk " atmosphere low/medium price point

        Recommend will go back - Good to bring out of town guests to