September 25, 2014

Asheville’s Most Popular Brunch at Tupelo Honey

Posted by: Doniel Winter

Asheville’s Most Popular Brunch at Tupelo Honey

Tupelo Honey is an Asheville Landmark, serving locals and visitors tasty Southern Cuisine in a casual atmosphere. And as a testament to its winning formula, Tupelo Honey has expanded from its original downtown Asheville locations to 8 restaurants in 3 states.

There’s lots to love about Tupelo, but one of my favorite things about eating there is the delicious, complimentary homemade biscuits and locally made jam they serve with every meal. The downtown location was recently remodeled to feature a full bar, and now their menu includes drink specials Monday through Wednesday, and a rotating selection of locally brewed beer on tap.

We visit Tupelo almost exclusively for brunch (having someone else cook breakfast is a real treat), and on my last visit I ordered their famous sweet potato pancake, seasoned with cinnamon and topped with peach butter and spiced pecans. It’s $8, which seems like a lot, until it arrives at your table and you see it covers the entire plate! Suggestion: split it with the person next to you. Also good is the Breakfast Bowl, a healthier choice: Black-eyed peas and goat-cheese grits topped with eggs, cheddar, salsa verde and soy sausage.

Popular dishes include The Country Breakfast: Two eggs any style, with maple-peppered bacon, soy sausage, or smoked ham. Served with goat-cheese grits, home fries, or tomato slices. $9.  Also, Chef Brian’s Famous Omeletes like the Samlette which comes with house-smoke Atlantic Salmon, capers, cream cheese, asparagus, and tomatoes.

As for brunch cocktails, the menu reads “When it comes to Bloody Marys, We RULE”. The Queen Mary goes like this: First off, it’s golden not red. They use special house-made golden tomato Bloody Mary mix, and add fresh lemon juice, Demitri’s seasonings, and your choice of vodka or moonshine. The garnish, and I quote, “deserves a drum roll…lemon, lime, pickled okra, pimento-cheese stuffed olive, grilled shrimp, maple-peppered bacon, celery, asparagus, pickled jalapeno, tomato with a lime salt rim.” $14… and it’s 20 ounces, something else to consider sharing.

The atmosphere is lively and our favorite place to sit is the enclosed front porch. The service can be underwhelming and unenthusiastic, but the food makes up for it. If you’re staying with us at Asia Bed and Breakfast Spa, it takes about 4-5 minutes to drive to Tupelo which is situated in the center of downtown Asheville across the street from the Pritchard Park. Hours: 9am-9pm, Daily. Fridays and Saturdays open 9am-10pm.

Our Rating: “consistently good” Cost: between $ and $$
We rate the food in Asheville with the following descriptions:
“second to none” is the best food in town.
“consistently good” is pleasurable food that never disappoints. 

“in a pinch” is average and you could be underwhelmed. 

Cost is rated:
 $ – entrees under $12.  
$$ – entrees between $13 – $25.  
$$$ – entrees above $25

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