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25+ great brunch restaurants to try in Asheville

Asheville restaurants, cafes, and diners serving up all the eggs, pancakes, shakshuka, mimosas, and other brunch favorites that will start your day off right.

Hemingway Cuba's Bistec a Cabello

Dig into dishes like the Bistec a Cabello.

Photo by @hemingwaycubasasheville

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In this town, brunchin’ ain’t easy, but it’s necessary. Whether you’re on the hunt for fluffy eggs, chicken and waffles, or mind-blowing bloody marys, the options can get as overwhelming as the lines at times.

Luckily, you have us to scout things out. We listed a whole bunch of brunch options, along with menu recs, pro tips, and an interactive map to track ‘em. Plan your weekend and pour those mimosas.

Note: All times listed are brunch-only.

Weekday wonders

Bomba | Monday, Thursday, and Friday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Find Latin-inspired dishes like arepas, breakfast tacos, and croque madame sandwiches at this all-day breakfast cafe (owned by the same folks as Salsa’s). Personally, we can never resist the Bomba roll (a tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, black beans, potato gratin, avocado, and sweet plantains).

Early Girl | Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-8 p.m. | Breakfast, lunch, and dinner are served all day. The Yam Scram with scrambled eggs, pork sausage, shiitake mushrooms, sweet potatoes, chopped bacon, and green onions is even more fun to eat than it is to say.

Corner Kitchen | Monday-Sunday, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Pro tip: If you’re in the mood for something sweet, don’t miss Boozy French Toast with Grand Marnier batter and bourbon sorghum.

The Med | Tuesday-Saturday., 8 a.m.-2 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. | What we’re ordering: The hefty breakfast burrito or the catfish + grits with collard greens, crispy onions, and red eye gravy. Probably both.

Sand Hill Kitchen | Tuesday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | This unassuming spot, located inside a BP gas station, boasts award-winning fare. We especially love the breakfast burrito and the biscuits and sausage gravy.

Sunny Point Cafe | Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | We love this West Asheville staple’s elegant + elevated Southern fare, especially the decadent Southern crab cake benny.

Regina’s | Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | You can dine on breakfast + lunch favorites with an elevated twist in this vibrant, comfortable West Asheville spot. Plus, keep an eye out for dinner service coming back this spring.

Smokin’ Onion | Thursday-Monday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | From chick’n and waffles to biscuits and gravy — you won’t believe these comfort foods are 100% vegan. And if you happen to crave the dishes on a Tuesday, stop by New Belgium Brewing to visit the food truck.

Sandhill kitchen'e breakfast sandwich on focaccia

Sandhill Kitchen’s breakfast BLT with a fried egg + pepper jack pimento cheese on focaccia.

Photo by @eatasheville

Weekend musts

Asheville Beauty Academy | Sunday, 12-2:30 p.m. | Want legs and eggs? Get them both here, where you can take in a killer drag performance while noshing on a breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, biscuits, and other Southern delights. Wash it down with your choice of a bloody mary or mimosa.

Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse | Brunch will restart in the spring | Take our advice: When brunch starts back up, get the breakfast ramen, biscuits with Japanese sausage gravy, or golden potato and scallion pancake topped with exquisite grilled kimchi sauce.

Benne on Eagle | Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | What we’re ordering: the Local Mushroom Toast, with Russian rye, arugula, soft scramble, sherry-glazed mushrooms, and pecorino.

Homegrown | Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | On weekends, the weekday breakfast menu gets even more tasty — with sweet treats like French toast casserole or something savory like local trout cakes.

Fork Lore | Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. | Build your own omelet, dine on different bennies, or check out burgers and sandwiches on the special brunch menu. Pro tip: You can grab classic breakfast foods every day of the week.

Chestnut | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | Get your table (or yourself) a large mimosa carafe before you choose from delicious dishes like Cajun Biscuits & Gravy, ricotta donuts, or the brunch burger.

Avocado toast at Smokin' Onion

Smokin’ Onion serves up vegan food with flair.

Photo by AVLtoday

For the fam

Biscuit Head | Monday-Sunday, 8 a.m.–2 p.m. | Whether they’re smothered with gravy, loaded with butter and homemade jams, or used as a sandwich — massive cat head biscuits are the star of this show. We especially love the Filthy Animal sandwich with fried chicken, pimento cheese, bacon, and scrambled eggs topped with gravy.

The Rhu | Monday-Sunday, 8:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. | Here, you’ll find gorgeous pastries + cookies, salads, and yummy breakfast sandwiches. We can’t get enough of the smoked trout bagel featuring local smoked trout from Sunburst Trout Farms, cream cheese, greens, red onion, and capers.

Abeja’s House Cafe | Tuesday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m. | Two words are enough for us: breakfast quesadillas. But there are also pillowy pancakes, omelets, huevos rancheros, and breakfast sandwiches for vegans, vegetarians, and meat eaters.

The Local Joint | Monday, Wednesday-Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | What we’re ordering: the turkey breakfast sandwich with bacon and blueberry goat cheese on a toasted croissant topped with an over-easy egg.

Tupelo Honey Southern Kitchen & Bar | Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday, 9 a.m.-8 p.m. | We can’t get enough of the mountain blueberry buttermilk waffle and the “old skool” breakfast bowl.

The Blackbird | Monday-Sunday, 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | You’ll find fare from the farm, eggs galore, special cocktails, and dishes with a Southern touch — plus, a simple menu for “the Hatchlings.”

For a special occasion

Isa’s Bistro | Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.| This French-inspired fine dining restaurant offers seasonally driven eats like the bistro hash skillet with crispy potatoes, bacon, sausage, sliced cherry peppers, scrambled eggs, and sausage gravy — plus, lots of special brunch cocktails.

Hemingway’s Cuba | Tuesday-Thursday, 7 a.m.-10 a.m.; Friday and Saturday, 7 a.m.-1 p.m. | What we’re ordering: The Cuban breakfast sandwich with Black Forest ham, pulled pork, Swiss cheese, pickles, mustard, scrambled eggs, and a side of breakfast potatoes. Pro tip: Don’t skip the Cuban coffee.

Eldr | Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | The elevated locale on Omni Grove Park Inn’s property served up brunch classics, sweets like the Dutch Baby, and luxurious dishes like the Braised Pork Cheek Benedict.

The Market Place | Saturday and Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. | The James Beard Award-nominated restaurant is definitely worth a weekend morning visit.

Vivian | Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. | This minimalist River Arts District space offers maximalist European-inspired fare, like smoked lamb Benedict and Nordic deviled eggs (that taste best with a Kentucky cappuccino with bourbon).

La Bodega | Tuesday-Thursday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. | Start your morning downstairs with breakfast pastries, then head upstairs at 11 a.m. for fare like the Croissant Bikini with jamon serrano, sherry mushrooms, eggs, caramelized onion, and manchego.

The avocado toast with fried egg from Liberty House.

Look at that yolk on Liberty House’s avocado toast.

Photo by @wncfoodie

Great outdoors

Liberty House Coffee & Cafe | Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. | With lush grounds and covered decks, this is the spot to enjoy a breezy, farm-to-table breakfast. Check the cafe’s Instagram for the weekend menu + specials. All the dogs you’ll encounter along the way only elevate the experience.

Haywood Common | Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. | Choose from breakfast-inspired salads, sandwiches, or classic dishes like chicken and waffles + delicious twists like the chorizo and goat cheese frittata.

Taco Billy | Tuesday-Saturday., 8 a.m.–8 p.m., Sunday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. | Check out the all-day breakfast tacos — we especially love Mama’s Favorite, with sausage, eggs, spinach, sweet potato, and goat cheese on a plantain tortilla.

All Day Darling | Monday-Sunday, 7 a.m.-8 p.m. | Order breakfast and brunch favorites all day, darling. What we’re ordering: the shakshuka with two poached eggs, kale, feta, and flatbread in a luscious spicy tomato sauce.

DIY brunch

Prefer to stay in? Host your own brunch with crowd-pleasing spreads + supplies good enough for a chef.

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