Brunch tops the agendas of countless weekend plans – so cheerfully supportive of day drinking — and is a sure-fire crowd pleaser. Don’t like eggs? See bagels and lox, chicken and waffles, biscuits and gravy, shrimp and grits. Vegetarian? Gussied-up avocado toast and meat substitutes abound. Need something spicy to sweat out the lingering effects of a late night? Huevos rancheros on the way, extra jalapenos please. From omelets and flapjacks to breakfast ramen and kalua hash, Asheville’s brunch menus are as traditional or adventurous as you’d like.Read More
10 Amazing Spots to Eat Brunch in Asheville, North Carolina
Find breakfast ramen, sorghum butter biscuits, and smoked lamb Benedict
Liberty House Coffee and Cafe
The covered decks, beautiful grounds, garden patches, melodic bird song and unpretentious menu at Liberty House deliver an easy like Sunday morning brunch tempo. On weekends, chef David Beverly (owner with wife Sydney) pares down the daily menu from 15 items to about ten and adds three brunch specials. Locals bliss out on the fluffy sourdough blueberry pancake, cooked in a cast iron skillet for perfectly crisped edges. No alcohol — but plenty of hot and cold coffee and tea drinks.
All Day Darling
The bones of the former Esso gas station that began operations in 1928 frame the retro structure that has been operating since 2018 as All Day Darling, where residents in the historic Montford neighborhood fuel up on Counter Culture coffee, regular or premium. As the name implies, the casual restaurant has an all-day menu served daily from open to close, including healthy-ish breakfast plates like a breakfast bowl with poached eggs, beans, veggies, and toasted seeds; a GF frittata with seasonal vegetables; and a shakshuka twist with kale and feta.
Asheville Beauty Academy
This downtown late-night haunt’s Sunday drag brunch is fit for a queen — and kings — with a cast of bedazzled fabulistas strutting their stuff and belting torch songs. Noon is the fashionably-late start for the breakfast buffet of eggs, bacon, and biscuits, plus vegan mac and cheese, Swiss and ham rolls, broccoli salad, and seasonal muffins.
Bold Rock Asheville
Live bluegrass music + weekend brunch = Brunchgrass at Bold Rock’s enormous downtown hard cider taproom. Cider-moses and boozy iced coffee set the stage for mountain brunch nachos, cornmeal apple pancakes, and a breakfast cheesesteak with Appalachian taters.
Rhubarb’s relaunch of Sunday brunch service is cause for celebration and an edible ode to local growers, makers, Appalachian culture, and scratch-made biscuits, the foundation for spreads that includes house-churned sorghum butter, pepper relish, and country ham-pear chutney. Speaking of ham, chef John Fleer’s favorite pork smoker — East Tennessee’s Allan Benton — makes multiple appearances through the menu, which leans to savory, but grilled coconut and rum bread pudding is a sweet standout.
La Bodega by Cúrate
The more casual iteration of Katie Button and Felix Meana’s Curate, La Bodega operates multiple concepts over two floors. The first-floor cafe begins counter service at 9 a.m. but upstairs is where guests belly up to the zinc bar and dive deep into authentic Spanish pintxos and larger plates like the tortilla vaga (lazy omelet), tortilla Espanola (egg, potato and onion) and the intriguing croissant bikini.
Ukiah Japanese Smokehouse
Ramen — it’s what’s for brunch Saturdays and Sundays since Ukiah and chef Michael Lewis launched their interpretation of the weekend meal. The steaming bowl of tonkotsu-egg broth with maple shichimi bacon partners well with the scallion pancake or a side of shishito pepper-cheddar biscuits. A U-shaped bar centers the dining room and patio seating is pup friendly.
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Shannon and Josiah McGaughey’s intimate restaurant nestled amid galleries and studios in the River Arts District is imbued with warmth and artistry, and the husband-and-wife team creates an ambiance of casual elegance. Vivian’s sophisticated brunch menu includes beef tartare, lobster parfait, a souffle omelet, and smoked lamb Benedict.
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Sunny Point Cafe
For two decades, this mother-daughter owned cafe has been locals’ weekday breakfast destination. Weekends, visitors surge to the corner in West Asheville distinguished by local artist Gus Cutty’s murals of Julia Child and Edna Lewis and do brunch from the breakfast-lunch-dinner all-day menu that commences at 8:30 a.m. While anticipating carrot hotcakes and a Southern breakfast benny, diners can pass the wait time meandering lush garden paths with a mega-mosa or spicy bloody mary.
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Historic Biltmore Village’s enduring dining destination has not only resumed brunch service, it has supersized it, expanding to seven days a week, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Corned beef hash and bagels and house-smoked salmon are back; bacon cheddar tater tots and chicken and waffles make their debut. Lunch items like the burger, Reuben, and portobello melt remain.