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Hello! I’m going to be in Asheville for two days, Greenville, SC for one night and Savannah for two days. I’m looking for places to eat. I’m an athlete so I generally keep a healthy diet. I LOVE really great coffee and breakfast! I have a list of food allergies which includes tree nuts, peanuts, mushrooms, sesame, grapes, raspberries, strawberries, pineapple, I can’t have lactose, and I can have greek yogurt and real butter. I find it’s a rarity that a restaurant can’t accommodate these but still like to make mention and I try to always contact ahead to let them know I’m coming. Any and all suggestions are appreciated!

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  1. In Asheville, try The Laughing Seed Cafe - very good vegetarian, Early Girl Eatery - healthy breakfasts, Posana Cafe - locally sourced, and Tupelo Honey - great breakfasts.

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    1. re: ChristinaNC

      Thank you so much, Christina! Any others? I do eat meat, just not red meat! Any and all suggestions are appreciated!!

    2. Homegrown in Asheville is fantastic. We've had both breakfast and lunch and it's been great everytime.

      1. For Asheville, if you search you will find a lot of info and opinions on restaurants in Asheville.

        On the way to Greenville, I would suggest making a quick detour to Flat Rock Village bakery for coffee and pastries. If the timing were right, Restaurant 17 in George Hincapie's Hotel Domestique is very good, has a beautiful view, and depending on what kind of athlete you are (cyclist?) might interest you otherwise. But it is 15+ miles north of Greenville.

        If you want to eat in downtown Greenville I might suggest Koji if you like sushi. Make sure you don't order a "special", sit at the bar if at all possible. The fish can be quite variable depending on whether or not they understand you are serious about your dining. It can be FABULOUS fish , although pricey. If you're looking for a different type of thing in Greenville, give me an idea of what you're looking for and I'll try to target it.

        1. Any more suggestions out there? How about sea food in Savannah?

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          1. Thank you so much for all of the recs to date! I'm going to keep posting periodically in case anyone new decides to check in. I'm still looking for some good spots for all meals! I do have some reservations made but plenty of time to hear about more places! Thank you again!

            1. Hi all! I'm leaving on Saturday! Any new/updated recs for me? So far ressies for Alligator Soul, Soby's, Curate, hmmm...OH...Posana! Thank you again!

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              1. re: eenie1

                It's a shame not to eat at the Admiral when in Asheville. In Greenville, Soby's is fine if you aren't expecting much. If you wanted a little fancier, you could look into American Grocery or Northampton Wine Café, or if you're willing to drive north of town, I recommend Restaurant 17.

              2. Hi There!
                There is great coffee to be found in all three locations but Asheville takes the crown. Full disclosure, I work for Counter Culture Coffee in Durham but also work in the Asheville area so most of the places I'll tell you to go happen to serve CCC but I'm also telling you the best spots, so there ya go. And I'd be remiss if I didn't mention the Friday morning Tasting at Ten that happens at the Counter Culture Coffee training center in Asheville at 77 Broadway. Free and fun - go taste coffee and chat with our reps at the training center!

                - High Five Coffee
                - Izzy's downtown
                - Battery Park Book Exchange (my favorite 'space' to have a cappuccino or a glass of wine and read a book. It's adorable if you have a minute to pop in!)
                - French Broad Chocolate Lounge (there are plenty of places that have great desserts but the chocolate lounge is not to be missed. Great coffee too!)
                - Odd's Cafe in West Asheville (big open garage doors on either end of this new coffee shop let fresh mountain breezes blow through while some of the friendliest baristas in Asheville make tasty coffees for you, highly recommend!)
                - Waking Life Espresso (a coffee geeks dream spot. They would love nothing more than to wax poetic on brewing parameters and coffee varieties with you. Great great coffee, roasted locally by Mountain Air Roasting)

                Hope that helps!