Asheville’s Best Local Food Restaurants
How to Eat Out in Asheville While Still Reducing Your Impact:
Early Girl Eatery– This restaurant began as somewhat of a Tupelo Honey spinoff but has made a name for itself as a the ultimate option for local food purists and grit fans. I ate there last night and sampled their shitake meatloaf, squash casserole, mountain trout, and of course, grits. Early Girls wins the coveted prize for BEST GRITS IN ASHEVILLE! This place rocks for breakfast too, although good luck getting a table, and if you do, good luck ordering anything off the specials menu. They run out of things quickly.
Laurey’s– Chef Laurey Masterson is a longtime devotee of the local food movement, but only recently realized how to publicize that fact. Here you will find the one of the most glamorous local food menus around, and you’ll pay a pretty penny for it too.
The Market Place– I was probably one of three people who dined regularly at their short-lived but bold, extreme local bistro venture, Bar 100. I loved the small, local plates of delicately paired flavors and varied textures. Due to budget restraints, I don’t get to The Market Place more than a couple times a year, but when I do, I am thrilled by the commitment to locally grown/raised/caught foods, even in the dead of winter. The Market Place is Asheville’s Chez Panisse and I’m proud to live in the same town where the inspired Mark Rosentein’s blogs and cooks. (Except I think he’s retired, but the food is still the same.)
Sunny Point- They grow many of their veggies in the garden out back, and it doesn’t get any more local than that. Let’s face it, I’m a Sunny Point regular. Steak frites, meatloaf, veggie platters and pork chops continue to impress me every time. Just don’t get sucked in by the enormous, deep fried sushi rolls and you’ll be fine.