Early Girl Eatery - Downtown Asheville

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Farm-to-table
Early Girl Eatery is a critically acclaimed dining destination that has been highlighted in Southern Living, Garden & Gun, Wall Street Journal, and Bon Appetit. Established in 2001 and locally owned, the restaurant serves southern food and features local and seasonal ingredients. Located on Wall Street in downtown Asheville, the restaurant boasts a casual and charming atmosphere. Early Girl Eatery serves breakfast and lunch daily. The restaurant also serves dinner Wednesday through Sunday; reservations are only available for dinner.
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1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

Went to try dinner menu because of long lines during breakfast and lunch. It was a ghost town on Friday night. Ambience was plain and boring. Service was great, very friendly staff. We ordered the catfish and friend chicken. We both preferred the chicken, it was juicy and flavorful with perfect gravy on top. We had coleslaw and Mac and cheese as sides. Both were fantastic.

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DH
Phoenix
7 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Great staff and great food. We’ll be there again next time we come through Asheville.

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H
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 1

Aweful and embarrassed I took special friends there on vacation

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OT
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 1

Visited Early Girl while on vacation based on a local news hype. Very disappointed in atmospheres and general cleanliness of the restaurant. Although the food was okay, there is no compelling reason for a recommendation. We will not return.

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BA
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

One of my favorite, informal places...love having breakfast at dinnertime.

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KC
Tampa
21 reviews
Dined on May 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The cheese plate was a wonderful selection of cheese, fruit, nuts, and toast slices. The barbecue sandwich was dry and no extra sauce was provided. The meatloaf was great! The alcohol prices were reasonable. However, the decor was bland and boring.

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p
Western NC
56 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

When I first moved here, my husband and I went to Early Girl a couple of times a month. We loved it. The nightly veggie choices, especially. That option is gone. My chicken was all right but nothing to laud. I did have a fantastic Bloody Mary, but I won't be going back. I will try the new one on Merrimon though. And hope for a better plate.

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BF
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Early Girl lived up to its reputation. A cute place with excellent food in a great location.

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j
Jacksonville
52 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 3

Super casual and very popular restaurant that often gets overlooked for dinner for more upscale/trendy places. We had a large family group and everyone loved their food.
Definitely worth going more than once.

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OT
Western NC
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This restaurant is a hidden gem for dinner: they are so packed for breakfast and lunch, but tourists tend not to come here for dinner. Perfect for before the theatre, Symphony for us Townies! Excited that they are opening up on north Merrimon.

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Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Overall good experience. They burned the sausage patties into charcoal. It the fried chicken and the biscuit French toast were amazing.

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OT
Western NC
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 2

There was a very loud birthday party for a large group. Love the place for breakfast, but won’t be back for dinner.

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SR
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

We have eaten at Early Girl under prior ownership and it is like we walked into a totally different restaurant. The food choices were standard and poorly executed. My husband's fries were cold and my hash brown potatoes were cold, as well. I ordered a Black Bean omelet and the beans greatly overwhelmed the amount of egg I had, were cold, and had no flavor. They tasted like they had just been taken straight out of a can. We were so looking forward to eating at Early Girl again, and it was not the same place at all. We were so disappointed. Asheville has a lot of great choices in restaurants and we would not have chosen Early Girl if we had know that the quality had gone down so drastically.

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AW
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Enjoyed a really good early dinner while in town for a sports tournament. With our Open Table reservation, our party of six arrived and had no trouble being seated right away. We enjoyed the fresh take on comfort foods. (Side note to anyone with a sensitive palate: Be sure to check with your server about the level of spice in the dish. Everything is flavorful but may be too much for some.) We especially liked checking out the customer artwork on the walk into the dining area, and the fact that the space was roomy, tables spaced nicely, and you didn’t feel packed in like sardines.

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RW
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food and service. We always try to get at least one meal from here every time we come to or pass through Asheville.

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SD
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 3

Breakfast has always been a home run here, but this time for dinner was very disappointing. Dinner wasn't hot enough to melt a pat of butter, the food lacked that POP!! I've come to expect here.

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SL
1 review
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Their food definitely lived up to the hype! The pimento mac and cheese was amazing!!!!

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LK
Charlotte
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

fried chicken collards mac&cheese and corn bread was sooooo good

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RA
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

First time here and I was pretty happy with everything. Loved the side selections. The ginger coleslaw & greens were excellent. Meatloaf was delicious but could have been served warmer. It was a little on the cold side. Overall it was a great dinner!

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C
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love earl Girl. The staff is always so nice and the food is amazing! My favorites are their salads, but everything on the menu is so good. I make a point of stopping in every time I am in town .

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MC
Charleston
3 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Food was OK, service was extremely slow and non-attentive.

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DN
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

We were seated only 5 minutes past our reservation time. Service was a little slow, having to remind the waitress about drinks. Food was not up to previous visit and they were out of a lot of stuff. Very noisy due to bad acoustics.

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SS
Western NC
15 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

We picked Early Girl because of the mix of dietary requirements in our group , 4 were vegan. Overall the food was ok, nothing outstanding unfortunately but everyone found something to eat and did not leave hungry. The Tempe was bland as was the grilled chicken

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PA
Raleigh
42 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food and service were great, we’ll be back

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HS
Western NC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We prefer Early Girl for breakfast or lunch. Although the dinner was tasty, it was almost a 'quick bite'

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KS
Charleston
16 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 2

Food was good and waitress was sweet and attentive, but lighting is horrible at night. Feels like I’m in the back kitchen...and also please don’t serve red wine in a champagne glass. Thanks!

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RA
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

This was a second date before the concert. The service was prompt, the food good, the staff friendly and we were put in a quiet corner so we were able to have conversation. Start of a enjoyable evening.

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S
Pittsburgh
17 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I had the duck breast for a very reasonable price and my wife had a goat cheese omelette for dinner the first night we arrived in town. Both meals we very good service was top notch. We had a delicious finish with the coconut cake and coffee.

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LP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Love this restaurant! Great food. Unusual dishes. Excellent service. Reasonably priced.

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MK
E. Tennessee
7 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

The menu is geared mainly towards breakfast/lunch. We had a business meal with several colleagues and were generally unimpressed. If you’re looking for a quick, causal bite to eat, Early Girl is probably okay. If you’re looking for true Southern cuisine, Asheville has much more to offer.

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SM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food. Get something to put the jam on! Not too crowded or loud.

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OT
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Server was a little slow but food was good as it always is, however didn’t like that they didn’t have any dinner special on the board but always a staple when coming to Asheville or nearby

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JD
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent! Thank you for offering such delicious vegetarian options!

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B
Raleigh
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

I would recommend Early Girl with some reservation only because I’ve had better experiences in the past and it’s a value for Asheville.

This experience, however, was abysmal! We were seated for 10 minutes with no attention from the server, in a restaurant with only 8 full tables. We eventually asked the bus boy to take our order. He agreed that our server was awful. Once she did pay us attention, she came to the table multiple times without clearing our plates. She was spending more time sitting down at a table chatting to her mom.

Foodwise, I enjoyed my egg scramble. The biscuits are okay - much better to be had elsewhere in Asheville.

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J
Minneapolis
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Good food, but the service was lacking. The staff was friendly, but many of us did not receive all of the right items that we ordered.

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NT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The creamery tomato soup was excellent. All the food was very good. I had a breakfast meal and my boyfriend had the hamburger. Friendly service.

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j
4 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We’ve eaten at Early Girl many times for breakfast, but this was our first time for dinner. We were greeted warmly by every member of the staff as we entered and were seated which made us feel very welcome. Once seated, however, it took 5 - 10 minutes before the server came to the table and greeted us and got drink orders. Had the restaurant been full and busy, this might have been understandable, but there were only about 5 tables seated including us. Once the server came, he was friendly and helpful. The only other complaint was that once we ordered, it took a long time to receive our food...again, longer than seemed normal for a slow night with what seemed to be a full staff. The food was good and our guests from out of town seemed pleased. We enjoyed that we could hear each other and not have to fight a loud, noisy place. Food was hot and fresh when served.

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K
Western NC
20 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Group of four got together to celebrate a birthday and since she leans toward vegetarian, we chose Early Girl. I was a bit disappointed.


They were out of cornbread..odd to be out on a Saturday night.. Ok..the waiter said they would sub with a biscuit, at no charge.but forgot to bring it. We had to remind him, and then he charged me for the cornbread, so the check had to be sent back to be corrected.

Also I was a bit underwhelmed by the shrimp and grits. The server came to the table with it very carefully cauyse it was overflowing in gravy. I had to take a few napkins to wipe off the edges of the bowl. It definitely was swimming in gravy and hardly any grits, to speak of.

I will say we had the coconut cake and it was awesome. Sadly, I'm not sure I'd recommend it for dinner..maybe breakfast would be better

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MD
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved having “breakfast for dinner”! Everything was fresh and hot.

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AB
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a friend coming in from out of town who wanted to experience something special to Asheville. Early Girl Eatery is always my go-to for guests wanting to get a taste of Asheville. The food is always delicious and unique! The restaurant is right in the middle of the actio, but quiet enough inside to be able to carry on great conversation with friends. Staff is friendly and accommodating. My friend and I were so busy talking and catching up that our waiter had to come back about 3 times to see if we were ready to order. He was patient and pleasant! It's the best of everything.

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