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Jul 12, 2010 05:53 AM

Kid-friendly, but GOOD in Ashville

Need a bit of quick help, please.

We're going to Ashville for a quick visit this weekend. I need suggestions for a lunch and dinner on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. We're staying at the Renaissance on Woodfin Drive {not sure what area that is, but we're willing to drive}, but we'll be driving to Zirconia in the morning on Saturday, so lunch could be somewhere along the way.

Our daughter is six and loves good food. I know it's been said before, but she really is well behaved at restaurants, so we don't need anything too casual. We don't do Indian, Chinese or any chain restaurants. Think that's about it.


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  1. Not too far from where you're staying is the Early Bird Cafe on Battery Park which is top-notch for any meal, but breakfast is a must. Prices are more than reasonable, too. For Dinner, a short trip to The Admiral is totally worth it. Best restaurant in the city and the prices are VERY reasonable for the amazing food that is offered. Make a reservation NOW.

    1. I don't have too much experience with Asheville but we were just there a few weeks ago with an 8-year-old. Early Girl Eatery was a good choice. Everyone goes for breakfast, we went for dinner. They have THE best chocolate milk I've ever tasted.
      Does no Chinese extend to all Asian? We had good luck with Doc Chey's Noodle House. A little loud and sometimes a bit of a wait, but the children's menu is a real menu, ie, it's smaller and less expensive portions from the regular menu. Our kids loves noodles of any type so it was a hit.
      For lunch try 12 Bones. Very casual and possibly the best ribs I've ever had anywhere. For a small eater/child you can add a "side order" of 3 ribs onto a regular rib platter and then order another side dish a la carte. Our kid had plenty to eat that way and the staff didn't blink an eye.
      I haven't been to the Admiral but I've heard very good things about it. It's on my list for the next trip.

      4 Replies
      1. re: rockycat

        I heartily agree with the Early Girl Eatery endorsement for breakfast or lunch. Great food and definitely kid-friendly.

        Early Girl Eatery
        8 Wall St, Asheville, NC 28801

        1. re: north2south

          Early Girl, Tupelo Honey and Sunny Point would be my suggestions. Doc Chey's is a regional chain and not that special, IMO. 12 Bones is not open on the weekend unless you go to the South location. The Admiral is good but their dinner options are pretty eclectic and I'm not sure it would be the kind of place where they could do a lot of substitutions, etc. Corner Kitchen would be another nice dinner choice and I think they would be able to customize a meal (or even offer a nice children's menu) for you.

          Corner Kitchen
          3 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

          Tupelo Honey Cafe
          12 College St, Asheville, NC 28801

          1. re: miss piggy

            Doc Chey's might be a regional chain, but there are only 3 of them and the menu's differ from location to location, I believe that the Ashville one is using locally raised meat.

            1. re: miss piggy

              I agree the Admiral might not be a good kid choice. Unusual food pairings and getting kinda pricey I thought when we went.

              Corner Kitchen will do substitutions. When I went last time, I asked if it was possible to prepare a fish entree without the pecan crust as I don't like nuts. I didn't care what else they used as long as it wasn't nuts. They were more than happy to help me.

              If you're going to Zirconia, I second the Flat Rock Bakery and Hubba Hubba. Go to Zirconia via Flat Rock on rt 225 and it's right at a stoplight not far past the Flat Rock Playhouse. Awesome thin crust pizzas, sandwiches, baked goods. Nice place to sit outside. Cute little (very little!) village. Both places get very high marks on this board.

        2. Since you'll be headed to Zirconia on Saturday, I'd suggest the Flat Rock Bakery ( or Hubba Hubba Smokehouse ( in Flat Rock for lunch. Great food at either restaurant. And other rec's for Asheville (you are staying right downtown) are Zambra's for tapas, Salsa's for "traditional Caribbean and Mexican cuisines", or the aforementioned Early Girl for more traditional fare. Salsa's & Early Girl may be more kid-friendly than Zambra's. For brunch on Sunday I would highly recommend Sunny Point in West Asheville.

          Enjoy & please post where you end up eating & what you thought!