Abeja’s House Cafe Asheville: A quick review

A popular brunch spot on the weeks for a casual meal

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A traveling companion picked Abeja’s House Cafe for our Sunday brunch spot. We needed a place with some vegan and vegetarian options. That’s not hard to find in Asheville. We agreed to meet at 10am and we expected that there would be a wait. Abeja’s doesn’t take reservations.

We arrived and we were a group of 8. On the way there, we were getting text messages from others in our party along the lines of, “This place is packed!” and “I don’t know if they’ll be able to seat us.” This restaurant is in a modest strip mall. It has a main dining area that is open to the grill. It was indeed packed. A clipboard and a legal pad was the system to get on the waitlist – you had to write your own name. It’s humble and quaint like that.

Everything was jumping and folks all seemed to be in a good mood. We broke our party up into two groups to be seated faster. The 40 minute wait allowed us time to make our selections from the big menu and the daily specials. No surprise here, but I picked French toast. It was made from their homemade vegan sourdough. It was delicious. It came with a side of fruit. You know how sometimes the side of fruit is just kind of a soft mushy mess of overripe bananas and strawberries? Well, that’s not the case at Abeja’s. It was a nice potion of fresh grapes, sliced strawberries, banana, pineapple, raspberries, and blackberries. I think those details show the pride the team at Abeja’s take in their food and in their establishment.

If you’re looking for a brunch spot in Asheville that’s a little off the beaten path but is worth the wait, check out Abeja’s House Cafe.