Tupelo Honey

★★★★★
Tupelo Honey Cafe first opened its doors in Asheville, NC in 2000. Each location not only continues the legacy of the original restaurant with creative, eclectic, imaginative food, but continues to foster a hometown feel through local art, local charitable outreach, local brews and responsibly sourced ingredients. Considered one of the pioneers of Asheville's farm-to-table movement, we've continued to serve fresh, scratch-made Southern fare and put new twists on old Southern dishes and cocktails. Our menu is inspired by time-honored traditions of the Mountain South: pickling and frying, canning and preserving, and utilizing seasonal produce and ingredients to prepare delicious, scratch-made creations. When we play with our food (and we think it's okay), the result is scrumptious.
  • 12 College St

    Asheville, NC 28801

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  • 828-255-4863

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So over this place. They've also franchised so it's now even more like an upscale Cracker Barrel than ever. On the good side, the service is slightly more cheerful. Unfortunately, every time I have out-of-town guests they want to eat here.

3
★★★★★

So over this place. They've also franchised so it's now even more like an upscale Cracker Barrel than ever. On the good side, the service is slightly more cheerful. Unfortunately, every time I have out-of-town guests they want to eat here.

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I have ate here a couple of times and never was head over heels for it, service was bad and the food was horible, but great wine

3
★★★★★

I have ate here a couple of times and never was head over heels for it, service was bad and the food was horible, but great wine

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Great food - local meats and veggies

3
★★★★★

Great food - local meats and veggies

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We were in town for a customer visit and had heard many good things about THC, but, this was either an off night or the signs of a place that is riding the wave of good word of mouth.

I am hoping it was just an off night....first thing to

3
★★★★★

We were in town for a customer visit and had heard many good things about THC, but, this was either an off night or the signs of a place that is riding the wave of good word of mouth.

I am hoping it was just an off night....first thing to

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My husband and I ate at Tupelo Honey for the first time 2 weeks ago. It was a weekend morning and they were busy so we had to wait for a table. We were ushered to the back of the restaurant where there was a sitting area with complimentary coffee. Very nice! Brunch was delicious! I had an appetizer which was too big to finish. It was several slices of fried green tomatoes on top of a bed of the best cheese grits I've ever had. The dish was topped with chiffonaded fresh basil and came with a garnish of pickled okra. I also ordered the biscuits (wow!) and their homemade apple butter. The biscuits came with a tasty raspberry jam as well. My husband had a mug of homemade tomato soup that was creamy and delicious. The coffee was excellent too. Highly recommended.

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★★★★★

My husband and I ate at Tupelo Honey for the first time 2 weeks ago. It was a weekend morning and they were busy so we had to wait for a table. We were ushered to the back of the restaurant where there was a sitting area with complimentary coffee. Very nice! Brunch was delicious! I had an appetizer which was too big to finish. It was several slices of fried green tomatoes on top of a bed of the best cheese grits I've ever had. The dish was topped with chiffonaded fresh basil and came with a garnish of pickled okra. I also ordered the biscuits (wow!) and their homemade apple butter. The biscuits came with a tasty raspberry jam as well. My husband had a mug of homemade tomato soup that was creamy and delicious. The coffee was excellent too. Highly recommended.

Pros: service, food, ambience, coffee while you wait

Cons: none!

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We were in Asheville on a vacation but a friend who used to live there highly recommended this place. I see why. The food was so good. It was one of the best meals I had in awhile. I guess you can call this restaurant "Southern with a twist." I had shrimp in grits but it was pretty spicy. The prices are decent. The only thing is the wait. We went on a Wednesday before 6:00 and we had to sit at the counter. But it was neat being able to watch them prepare the food. I recommend this place but arrive very early if you want to avoid the wait.

2
★★★★★

We were in Asheville on a vacation but a friend who used to live there highly recommended this place. I see why. The food was so good. It was one of the best meals I had in awhile. I guess you can call this restaurant "Southern with a twist." I had shrimp in grits but it was pretty spicy. The prices are decent. The only thing is the wait. We went on a Wednesday before 6:00 and we had to sit at the counter. But it was neat being able to watch them prepare the food. I recommend this place but arrive very early if you want to avoid the wait.

Pros: Great food

Cons: Possible wait for a table

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We went here for breakfast when visiting Asheville and we loved it! The ingredients were fresh and the sweet potato pancakes were to die for. We went during the week and it wasn't that crowded. It is in the downtown area with lots to check out nearby.

5
★★★★★

We went here for breakfast when visiting Asheville and we loved it! The ingredients were fresh and the sweet potato pancakes were to die for. We went during the week and it wasn't that crowded. It is in the downtown area with lots to check out nearby.

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I love Tupelo Honey, but we always have to wait (sometimes over an hour) any time we go there. I guess that's the sign of a great restaurant, but I wish they had more room so the wait wouldn't be as long. I definitely recommend this restaurant to my out-of-town friends as a first taste of downtown Asheville. YUM!

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★★★★☆

I love Tupelo Honey, but we always have to wait (sometimes over an hour) any time we go there. I guess that's the sign of a great restaurant, but I wish they had more room so the wait wouldn't be as long. I definitely recommend this restaurant to my out-of-town friends as a first taste of downtown Asheville. YUM!

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Kid friendly, good food good atmosphere. The kids love to go to Tupelo Honey because they cover the tables in white papers and give the kids crayons and they can color on the table. The kids love it. I love the veggie fare.

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★★★☆☆

Kid friendly, good food good atmosphere. The kids love to go to Tupelo Honey because they cover the tables in white papers and give the kids crayons and they can color on the table. The kids love it. I love the veggie fare.

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I'd go to Tupelo Honey Cafe more if I could park closer to the front door, but don't let that deter you. This menu is so unique and fabulous, it is worth the walk. Fried green tomatoes and fried grits are included on the fare (i think even a fried pickle). The sandwiches are unique and packed with yummy cheeses and such. Breakfast is equally as fine, with good biscuits (great for the honey) and great coffee. I also like that there's a PBJ for your kids to eat while you dine on more sophisticated fare.

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★★★★★

I'd go to Tupelo Honey Cafe more if I could park closer to the front door, but don't let that deter you. This menu is so unique and fabulous, it is worth the walk. Fried green tomatoes and fried grits are included on the fare (i think even a fried pickle). The sandwiches are unique and packed with yummy cheeses and such. Breakfast is equally as fine, with good biscuits (great for the honey) and great coffee. I also like that there's a PBJ for your kids to eat while you dine on more sophisticated fare.

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I've eaten breakfast/brunch here many many times and have always had a great experience. The large sweet potato pancake topped with flavored butter and toasted pecans is absolutely delicious - it's perfect in texture, moist, and sooo good. Especialy with a side of their thick cut bacon. Eggs Betty - poached eggs with hollandaise and ham on their biscuit is very rich but really good. The pimento cheese dip is a tangy, classic southern appetizer. The breakfast potatoes are crispy on the outside, perfectly cooked, but always in need of a little salt. Their biscuits are moist on the inside with a little crunch on the outside. The service is friendly and pretty good. Unless you come 15 minutes before opening on the weekend, be prepared to wait - However, they are kind enough with an indoor waiting area in the back with newspapers and i think, coffee.

2
★★★★★

I've eaten breakfast/brunch here many many times and have always had a great experience. The large sweet potato pancake topped with flavored butter and toasted pecans is absolutely delicious - it's perfect in texture, moist, and sooo good. Especialy with a side of their thick cut bacon. Eggs Betty - poached eggs with hollandaise and ham on their biscuit is very rich but really good. The pimento cheese dip is a tangy, classic southern appetizer. The breakfast potatoes are crispy on the outside, perfectly cooked, but always in need of a little salt. Their biscuits are moist on the inside with a little crunch on the outside. The service is friendly and pretty good. Unless you come 15 minutes before opening on the weekend, be prepared to wait - However, they are kind enough with an indoor waiting area in the back with newspapers and i think, coffee.

Pros: Food

Cons: potential long wait

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We went around 7 on a Saturday night. They have a quaint seating area in the back, and they offer drinks during the wait time. We were seated after an hour; it was worth the wait. My Italian food aficianado husband had the Penne Bolognese w/sausage, soy sausage, and free range chicken--it ranked with the best he's ever had. I had the grilled salmon with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus (I found the fish to be a bit dry, but it was a solid, tasty meal nonetheless).

The desserts were incredible--the banana pudding was set in a pie crust and topped with whip creme. It had flavor and soul, yet it was light in feel--very good! Brownie Sundae was topped with a huge hunk of ice creme, drizzled in chocolate sauce and Tupelo Honey. Usually something like that is too rich for me, but this one was not overly saucy and sweet.

The service was very good. They apologized for our long wait and brought extra bread for our trouble. The host comes to the back seating area to cross check those who are on the list with those who are actually present. The food came out quickly after we ordered, and they made sure everything was okay once the food was received at least twice. Excellent experience.

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★★★★★

We went around 7 on a Saturday night. They have a quaint seating area in the back, and they offer drinks during the wait time. We were seated after an hour; it was worth the wait. My Italian food aficianado husband had the Penne Bolognese w/sausage, soy sausage, and free range chicken--it ranked with the best he's ever had. I had the grilled salmon with mashed sweet potatoes and asparagus (I found the fish to be a bit dry, but it was a solid, tasty meal nonetheless).

The desserts were incredible--the banana pudding was set in a pie crust and topped with whip creme. It had flavor and soul, yet it was light in feel--very good! Brownie Sundae was topped with a huge hunk of ice creme, drizzled in chocolate sauce and Tupelo Honey. Usually something like that is too rich for me, but this one was not overly saucy and sweet.

The service was very good. They apologized for our long wait and brought extra bread for our trouble. The host comes to the back seating area to cross check those who are on the list with those who are actually present. The food came out quickly after we ordered, and they made sure everything was okay once the food was received at least twice. Excellent experience.

Pros: Great food, solid service, southern charm

Cons: long wait

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Everything that we ordered was perfectly prepared and amazingly delicious. The atmosphere was very nice. I don't have anything bad to say about this place.

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★★★★★

Everything that we ordered was perfectly prepared and amazingly delicious. The atmosphere was very nice. I don't have anything bad to say about this place.

Pros: Food, ambience, service

Cons: Can't think of any off the top of my head.

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Hidden amidst the beautiful art deco architecture that has remained in the 'American renaissance' town of Asheville,NC since the turn of the last century, Tupelo Honey's tasty menu, weekly music, and large selection of import and micro draft beers draw a hip crowd to enjoy the sounds and the scenery any night of the week.

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★★★★★

Hidden amidst the beautiful art deco architecture that has remained in the 'American renaissance' town of Asheville,NC since the turn of the last century, Tupelo Honey's tasty menu, weekly music, and large selection of import and micro draft beers draw a hip crowd to enjoy the sounds and the scenery any night of the week.

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Comfortable, yet more sophisticated than a casual spot, this café is especially popular for Sunday brunch and late-night dining. The waiting area sits near the back of the restaurant; a long bar separates the open…

 

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