Local Eats: Sunny Point Cafe - Asheville, NC

Huevos Fucheros
It's so easy to talk about a restaurant like Sunny Point. It's all around friendly and inviting feel makes it a pleasure, even if you have to wait 45 minutes for a table.

The above dish is their Huevos Fucheros, a vegetarian version of their huevos rancheros (seen below), which was a finalist in Good Morning America's, "Best Breakfast" competition, and rightfully so. It's to die for, although if I were hard pressed to choose between this one and Over Easy's huevos rancheros, I'd have to give it to Over Easy by a hair.

Huevos Rancheros
It's really terrible to do these write-ups while I'm craving the dishes I must say. I just look at those perfectly cooked black bean cakes, the slightly sour and spicy salsa verde, the crumbly chorizo, and my mouth immediately starts to water.

I was just thinking and I realized that huevos rancheros has a really close place in my heart in terms of food memory. I can remember who I was with and where I was the first time I had my eyes opened to it's glory. The year was 1997 and I was attending Idyllwild Arts Academy and one of the teachers (Michael) at the school took me out to breakfast before a climbing trip. It's so vivid in my memory and it makes me remember why food can be so beautiful.

MGB - A Mighty Good Breakfast
The MGB is a great standby if you are hungry and want that traditional breakfast. It'll fill you up fast and keep you running on high the whole morning. As the name implies it's "Mighty Good." Just look at those perfectly crisp edges on the side of those sunny side up eggs. That right there is an art!

Omelette - w/ fresh garden salad
And for those of you who are health conscious the sides choices also include an incredibly fresh side salad. Omelette's may not be Sunny Point Cafe's strongest point. That being said, I should note I'm not a huge fan of omelettes to begin with.

If you're passing through beautiful Asheville, NC and you want to get away from the downtown area for some brekky, this may be the perfect spot for you. Just be warned...come early and expect to wait. It always seems to be busy.

--Joe Kwon

Local Eats: Over Easy

French Toast
I don't get up to Asheville, NC often enough. It's just outside my comfort drive and I'm rarely home enough as it is. But, when I do get up there it's like a diners paradise. Over Easy is one of my stops every time I go. The inside of this little restaurant is super cute but tight so expect to wait in line if you're not there at the right time. The wait is well worth it though!

Justin, Crackerfarm, Cat, and I got an early start to our day this new years eve morning. If you recall we played a few New Years shows in 2009 and Asheville fell on the night of 12/31/2009. There is absolutely nothing better for your morale than a really good breakfast. That's kinda what I believe most of the time. Breakfast to me can be so bland and so monotonous sometimes and to find a place that seems to know how I think about breakfast, and then change it up just the way I didn't know I wanted it changed, is priceless. That's kinda how I feel here.

Huevos Rancheros
Probably my favorite breakfast dish is huevos rancheros. I love huevos and I love rancheros so why wouldn't I love huevos rancheros. I have no idea what that means, but I can't get enough of this dish. I order it 99% of the time if it's on a menu no matter what time of day it is. These guys do it just the way I like, with an over easy egg on top and lots of chorizo!

Cubano
Anyways, if you're driving through Asheville, or going to a show at the orang peel and you need a nice comforting, cozy place to stop off for some breakfast don't go here. This is my restaurant! Just kidding. Hope you have a chance to check this place out and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

Cheers,
--Joe Kwon

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