Full text of my latest blog at notsoacademicfood.blogspot.com Haven't seen much of Cafe Ello on the boards figured I'd share.
After a month of visiting family and friends in Kansas, Missouri, and Montana, I finally arrived back in Asheville this past Tuesday. A few too many happy hours with friends in Kansas City and Missoula though has left me just a few dollars to survive on till the next paycheck. So I was happy Tuesday morning to stumble upon a deal for a buy one entrée receive another free for Café Ello in my WNC Insider The Savings Club book.
A random side note Asheville. Asheville I do love you, but this has to be the first city I’ve been too where very few restaurants offers a food happy hour. Asheville why do you hurt me so? I once lived in lands where I could get burgers, calamari, fish tacos, nachos, wings, Kobe beef sliders, etc all for under five bucks each for two to four hours a day every day. Oh and beer…….
Back to your regularly scheduled blog….
Café Ello has a very relaxed atmosphere. It comes off as a local’s establishment with much of its business coming from frequent regulars, as quite a few diners seemed to know each other and felt very comfortable holding a conversation among themselves and the staff.
This particular Tuesday morning diners were quite lucky as an adorable little girl, who I can only assume must be the owner’s daughter, sang and danced for arriving customers.
My girlfriend and I both ordered the huevos rancheros (two eggs served over country potatoes and tortilla chips, topped with a black bean patty, sliced avocado, white cheddar cheese, diced tomatoes, scallions, roasted vegetable salsa, and chipotle sour cream).
This dish was great. My girlfriend commented on how she could tell the ingredients were made fresh. I particularly enjoyed the black bean patty that was filled with a spicy flavor and loved the yolk of the egg mixed with the country potatoes. The only complaint was that the dish could use a bit more chipotle sour cream, but overall the huevos rancheros was satisfying.
I can see why the same people flock here on a regular occasion. The food is great, the price is modest, and the atmosphere is laid back, and is definitely a suitable substitute for breakfast when you don’t want to wait in line for a table at Tupelo Honey or Sunny Point.
Total before tip- $10.32
64 Haywood St.
Asheville, NC 28801
After breakfast we headed over to The Chocolate Fetish. WOW does this place smell good!!!!! I’m not that knowledgeable about chocolate and the options were almost overwhelming (well not too overwhelming, I would try them all if I could), so I asked the counter attendant what his favorite item was. He explained that they were known for their truffles, but his absolute favorite was the Dark Pistachio Frogs (frogs are their version of the turtle). So I ordered one Dark Pistachio Frog.
My girlfriend ordered the Dark Pecan Frog.
Since they both melted together in the car, I had the pleasure of trying both and they were delicious.
Who knew hot weather could have a culinary benefit?
The Chocolate Fetish
36 Haywood Street
Asheville, NC 28801