“Toward the southern end of the intensely scenic Blue Ridge Parkway…lies a small city in the midst of the Appalachian Mountains. It's perhaps one of the more liberal towns below the Mason-Dixon Line, with more hipsters than hillbillies. But they all meld into an eclectic culture with a tagline that's familiar to Portlanders: ‘Asheville: Where normal is weird.’
“With this similar motto comes a similarly laid-back attitude, artsy culture, respect for the land, and big thirst for craft brews. This is a town with a musician on every corner and a dog in every lap, and for a population of less than 90,000, there's an astounding abundance of restaurants, cafes, and breweries to put Asheville's scene on the nation's radar” (Andrea Slonecker at oregonlive.com).
It was with some trepidation that we arrived in Asheville. Not because the city’s politics are that different from our own, but because I, at least, was dreading the kind of superior earnestness that we found in Portland. But I will say in advance that over our two week stay we found delightfully friendly people and a casual atmosphere that made for a fun visit.
With a long range weather forecast calling for rain almost every day, we decided to take advantage of what was to be a clear morning and go out for breakfast. So we headed on out to Sunny Point Café in West Asheville—a restaurant that appears on all “Best of Asheville” lists.
It was a Saturday and there was already a considerable line when we arrived for a late breakfast. And many of those waiting spent the time on their hand-held devices. (Can’t this couple just talk to each other?)
“Suffice it to say that no matter how much I’d read about the family owned and operated Sunny Point Café nothing had prepared me for what I would find early Saturday morning, the large culinary garden in full bloom, children playing on the restaurant’s playground,
So we, along with what seemed to be a never diminishing crowd, took seats in the garden. It is a good thing that a thick canopy of trees hung over the waiting area because it soon began to rain. (So much for the weather forecast.)
But it was while waiting that I noticed a small sign explaining the café’s permeable parking lot. What is a permeable parking lot? It is one that prevents rain runoff and promotes absorption into the ground.
We told the hostess that we would take the first table available, so we were led to the small indoor dining room
My plate was to come with two eggs which I didn’t want so subbed them for a side of stone ground chipotle cheese grits. As I was eating them I was envisioning them made into a grit cake.
Sunny Point Café was a great way to start our stay and earns the full 5.0 Addies. Now we need to figure how to work around the rain.
To review the role of Adler and the Addie rating system, read the November 14, 2011 blog.