In search of good morning eats, we hit the streets of Downtown Asheville. Since it was a holiday weekend, there were lines everywhere. We chose to wait it out at Early Girl Eatery.
ATMOSPHERE: Good, but a little loud. When you walk in, you pass the open kitchen. Though they were extremely busy, the cooks looked like they were having a good time and the place was clean. We were seated at a two-top that was a little too close to the neighboring table. The dining room was big, open and bright. Every table was full and there were lots of children. It was very noisy.
Local Sausage and Sweet Potato Scramble: This was my SO's dish, but I managed to get a few bites before he wolfed it down. The locally-made sausage was so delicious I ordered an additional side for myself. The sweet potatoes were cooked just right and not mushy. Along with shitake mushrooms, the potatoes gave the dish a nice earthiness that was complimented by fresh green onions and a little bacon. The eggs were scrambled and were fluffy and light.
Biscuits with Vegetarian Herb Cream Gravy: These biscuits were obviously homemade. They were buttery and flaky. The gravy was creamy and the brightness of the fresh herbs contrasted well.. I loved it.
SERVICE: The hostess managed to make us not mind the 35 minute wait. She was pretty funny, actually. We waited outside since it was a nice day, and she smiled at us each time she peeked out the door. Once seated, someone immediately brought us water and asked if we wanted any other drinks. This must have been her duty for the day, because every time anyone in the dining room needed more water, she was there. The place was packed, but our server managed to get to us quickly and take our order. She was nice, if a little perfunctory. The food arrived rather quickly.
OVERALL: I would love to eat here again on a weekday and try their shrimp and grits (they don't serve it on weekends). The food was really good. I think I'll avoid it on holidays, though. Way too crazy.