12 College Street
While on the road with kids, we all know there’s a time and place for quick, easy stops at well-known, comforting-in-their-familiarity fast food chains like McDonald’s and the like. But there are also times when you’d be doing yourself a disservice by turning a blind eye to the local options. After reading The Q Family Adventure’s account of dining options in Asheville, NC, I knew they’d experienced one of those times.
As Amy of The Q Family writes, there are several great dining options in Asheville, but none come as highly recommended across the review boards as The Tupelo Honey Cafe . The New York Times describes the interior as “an old fashioned tea room.” After dining there for breakfast, Amy and her family described it as “Oh.. My.. Wordâ€¦” which I think pretty much says it all. (See their menu here.)
The Tupelo Honey Cafe is all about community and local consumption. From the official website: In an attempt to bring simplicity and food production closer to home Executive Chef Brian T. Sonoskus has established a farm, Sunshot Organics, to provide natural, pesticide-free local food to the restaurant’s tables. Whenever possible, they buy organic and support local farmers, artisans, merchants and businesses, and serve all organic free-range chicken and eggs. Asheville City Bakery bakes our bread. Our artwork, photographs, flower vases and even our open’ sign represent the work of local, young artists.
Good to Know: Says Amy: I didn’t know that they opened at 9AM but it was a perfect timing for us. We waited a bit for them to open with a long line of customers¦Once we got inside, we got seated right away. If we were about 20 minutes later, we would have to wait probably another 30-45 minutes.(A new location in South Asheville is slated to open soon.)
Date last visited: October 2009
Distance off the interstate: two minutes
Hours: Breakfast & Lunch: Tuesday – Sunday 9:00am-3:00pm
Dinner: Tuesday – Thursday 5:30pm-9:00pm, Friday & Saturday 5:30pm-10:00pm
Website: http://www.tupelohoneycafe.com/ Phone: 828 – 255 – 4863
Directions: From I-240, take exit 4C for Haywood St toward Montford Ave. Turn left at Haywood St then take the 2nd right onto College St.