Table Brunch in Asheville, N.C.

Asheville is a frequent pit stop for me, usually for three key reasons: 1. I need some mom time (and some clothes and shoes from her closet). 2. Need to detox. Hike. Get some fresh air. 3. I am driving from the southern part of the country to the northeast, and it makes a convenient and free overnight stop.

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That’s what happened last weekend. In an epic road trip from Florida to D.C., we stopped in Asheville for one night. That evening, of course, we went to my heaven on earth: The Battery Park Book Exchange & Champagne Bar. It’s a multi-level used book shop, live music venue, and champagne bar that serves you the best bubbly straight to your cozy couch in little book alcoves.

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The next morning, before heading off on the highway due north, we headed for Ello, our usual brunch spot, for a quick bite. Ello was packed, every table full. Also packed? Early Girl Eatery on Wall Street. Disappointed, we decided to head to Weaverville for brunch, which is sort of on the way out of town. We were walking back to our car when we passed Table.

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Despite the number of times that I’ve been to Asheville, I have to admit, I have never dined in Table before. I’ve always gone for Mela or Bouchon for dinner. But Table always looks cozy and inviting from its windows. The dining room has floor to ceiling glass blocks on one side, high ceilings and beams, and warm wooden floors and lavender walls.

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We were a little worried when we walked in and there was only one couple in the entire restaurant. We sat at a sunny table by the windows, and ordered coffee from the very pregnant waitress and the assistant who was trailing her (and training to replace her, we assumed).

The coffee came in all different beautiful vintage mugs and saucers—very cute. The cups, the sprig of flowers, the thick wooden table, and the white napkins made our table a picture straight off Pinterest.

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Our immediate complaint was that Table didn’t didn’t serve any espresso drinks. My mom just wanted her usual cappuccino, but all they had was plain coffee. She was slightly miffed.

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They do offer a selection of wines by the glass, beers, and spirits, along with some brunch cocktails, all after noon on Sundays (‘tis the law). They also offer a classic bloody Mary, a bloody Maria, and a Kentucky Mary, made with old bourbon. In addition to a mimosa, they also offer barrel-aged negroni, aged 50 days in new American white oak barrels. Everyone say, ooohh.

The service accidentally dropped Laura’s Sunday pastry on the table—we think it was the trainee’s mistake. Before they could say oops, we had gobbled it up. It was a sweet star-shaped croissant with cream cheese. It was warm and fluffy and delicious. Perfect to start.

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There were two things grabbing my attention on the menu beside the Benedict: the chocolate chip waffles and the chicken and waffles. Can I combine the dishes? I asked. Pregnant waitress ran off to check. Yes, you can combine. Woot!

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The chocolate chip waffle (served as half a waffle with the fried chicken) was fluffy and delicious and packed with big chunks of chocolate. The fried chicken was tasty and easy to pull apart. There was a bit of syrup drizzled over the dish and it was served with some greens on the side.

Mom ordered the Benedict, which is why I didn’t. The house-made biscuits were the best things on the table, as they were buttery and delicious. They were topped with slices of sweet ham, big poached eggs, and hollandaise. A great Benedict, with standout biscuits.

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The biscuits were also winners with the gravy, which was made with spices and lots of meat. We love meaty gravy on biscuits. This dish was quite small, and so we ordered it with a side of scrambled eggs, but it was extremely filing, as the waitress warned.

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My brother ordered the hanger steak with fried egg. It was cooked perfectly, had lots of juices and flavor, and came with smoked fingering potatoes and chimichurri for taste. He cleaned the plate.

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Some other dishes our little table of four didn’t try: shrimp and grits, risotto frittata (with beach mushrooms), huevos rancheros, and an oyster po’boy. Or, for the less adventurous, there’s a simple eggs, toast, and bacon dish.

By the time we left, all the tables were full, and the level of conversation noise was rising. We paid our check, presented in another cute antique cup and saucer, and piled back in the car for the eight-hour drive back to D.C.

The Bitches say: A. Table has a small brunch menu, but it hits all the basics and does them extremely well.

Table
48 College Street
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 254-8980

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Comments

  • Krystal says:

    The photos were beautiful. Looking for info on dining in Asheville…and got it! Thx.

  • Megan says:

    I’m in Asheville, seating the web for places to take my mom for brunch today and didn’t find any good web pages with review except for the standard Biltomore restaurants and the Inn, when low and behold I see A post from Bitches who Brunch, my favorite ladies who always tell me about the best places in DC!!!! Sooo happy to see you posting on other citities!!!! And sooo happy to get reviewed on the downtown restaurants instead of just the standard tourist sites! Now, I’ll def take mom to the champagne bar tonight and maybe checkout Table for brunch!

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