Asheville is where every foodie wants to be; from Nightbell’s creamy, smoked fish deviled egg, to Tupelo Honey Cafe‘s sweet potato pancakes with fried chicken, there is no “food heaven” quite like this quaint, North Carolina town.
But beyond the buzz of downtown resides a magnificent, century old resort, built from mountain boulders and rustic, wooden accents; The Omni Grove Park Inn. While they are famous for their Arts and Crafts architecture, sub-Mediterranean spa and rich history, their many on-site restaurants feature local, artisianal dishes that reflect Asheville’s incredible food scene.
Blue Ridge is the resort’s farm-to-table buffet, complete with seating facing outward toward the mountains. While we didn’t try the raved about seafood buffet, we did try the breakfast buffet.
Two large rooms overflow with every assortment of breakfast fare imaginable. House made donuts, muffins, granola, fresh pressed juices, pancakes, frittatas, made to order omelets; I could keep going.
The donuts were my favorite; they by far beat Krispy Kreme, which I’ve always thought were the very best. With a cake-like consistency, the donuts at Blue Ridge were rich and hearty. I paired my indulgent selection with fresh, fluffy eggs, fruit, smoked salmon and maple blueberry sausage. This wasn’t your average tasting breakfast fare that would be rated as merely tolerable; every bite of everything inspired me to fill my stomach beyond all means of comfort. Unbelievably flavorful with the most unique and exciting flavor pairings, the chefs at Blue Ridge have mastered the breakfast game. We must not forget their heavenly creamy grits with tomatillo salsa.
A quinoa porridge with berry compote was yet another satisfying and interesting option. Not being too sweet, the fruit mixture blended perfectly into the warm cereal, which somewhat mimicked oatmeal.
The Omni Grove Park Inn fuels their restaurant with local ingredients which are creatively prepared. If you don’t try their amazing, Asheville grown, spicy pickled veggies, or a hand cut steak from The Sunset Terrace; for goodness sakes try the Blue Ridge Breakfast Buffet. You’ll be able to taste a huge variety of local flavors in one sitting. Be sure to browse the history and artifacts, whether you are there for a stay, or simply just the meal.