Sunny Point Cafe in Asheville: A Restaurant Review (Part One)

img_20161230_134845While I’ve not titled this post “Friday Favorites,”  I can promise you, it is on my list! I don’t know what you guys do in your spare time, but driving to Asheville, NC to eat at Sunny Point Cafe should land on your list of things to do in 2017.

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I’m constantly looking for unique places to eat around the Upstate, and beyond, so when I was introduced to Sunny Point Cafe, you can imagine how excited I was!

A few weeks ago a friend and I drove to Asheville to visit the Grove Park Inn. (Which, I just realized I forgot to share those pictures with you, ugh). A friend of hers told us to eat at Sunny Point Cafe.  

Okay… give me a second to come up with adequate words…

No luck.

I’m sitting here behind my laptop screen trying to be creative when all I really want to tell you is, I’ve been twice now and it is easily some of the BEST food I’ve had.

Ever.

The first night we went, I ordered their ‘famous’ shrimp and grits. I had never had shrimp and grits so this experience was going to be a deal breaker for me.  It was SO good! The sauce was unbelievably creamy and there was plenty of medium-size, flavorful shrimp. That’s NOT the best part… they put bacon in the dish!! It might sound crazy, but it was the best bacon I’ve ever put in my mouth, both crunchy and sweet.

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I was so happy to talk with the marketing director and set up another visit! Everyone was so kind and accommodating. My second trip was even better than the first. I went with every intention of ordering something new so that I could write about it. However, when I got there, the shrimp and grits jumped out of the kitchen and onto my plate. I didn’t have a choice, I had to eat them again. #sorrynotsorry 

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Mom ordered the Huevos Rancheros sandwich – which was voted #2 in the NATION by Good Morning America- and she loved it. Love really isn’t a strong enough word, but it doesn’t seem appropriate to tell you that she drooled in her plate.

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img_20170104_163313JP went with us, and as you can see, he was a very happy camper. Those of you who know him, know that he isn’t a fan of trying new places. He ordered a plain hamburger steak and fries.

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He ate almost the whole thing, which never happens. I may or may not have finished off his burger. And I may or may not have savored every bite.  Again, not apologizing.

Do you like monkey bread?

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When you go (notice I said when) ordering monkey bread is a must. Mom and I ordered it before our meal and shared it as an appetizer.

Sunny Point was opened by a mother/daughter duo from Atlanta.

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Naturally they only use Coke products, so all of you Pepsi lovers will have to order tea!

img_20170104_155112The story of how the cafe began is interesting, but I don’t want to tell you about it here. You should make the (very scenic) drive and read it for yourself.

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You’ll enjoy reading the book/cookbook they’ve written while you wait on your food.

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The best part was reading all the quotes in between recipes.

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That’s a wrap for part one. Stay tuned for the rest of the review which will include the garden where they grow their own food and more!

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