If you’ve never been to Black Mountain, it’s time to start planning a trip.
This tiny town is only 15 minutes from Downtown Asheville, so it was hardly out of the way for us to come for brunch last Sunday. We love this area–it’s about the friendliest place in Western NC, with wonderful shopping and gorgeous views to boot.
We decided to pay the Black Mountain Ale House a visit. If you have been to Black Mountain before, you’ve surely heard of this place. It’s immensely popular with locals and tourists alike, and for good reason. You’d be pretty hard-pressed to find a better place to spend your morning!
It’s located on Cherry Street, but is slightly tucked away so you’ll need to keep an eye out for the signs. Once you’re there, you head down a flight of stairs into the main dining area.
The vibe of this place is fun, mellow and friendly. They host cool events all week long, including a Tuesday Trivia Night and a Wednesday Game Night. On any given day, you’ll see regulars at the bar watching a game, families visiting over lunch, and friends laughing in the corner. The walls are loaded with cool artwork, and more often than not a local musician is providing the tunes.
We decided to sit on the patio and enjoy the breezy summer weather. Don’t forget to bring your pup if you have one…this is definitely a dog-friendly spot! Everywhere you look, there is a quirky, carefully considered detail. We had a blast looking around and enjoying the scenery.
When we asked about The Ale House’s origins, the owner John Richardson responded with a smile: “There was nowhere in town I wanted to take my wife on a date,” he said. “I wanted somewhere nice and upscale, but not pretentious.” Mission accomplished. The theme of family pops up everywhere, from the lush patio designed by Richardson’s wife to the warm manner in which the staff greets you. Our server Angel was especially nice and knowledgable.
Is there anything better than a good drink – on special – to start your brunch off right? We think not. The Ale House offers $3 Mimosa’s and $5 Bloody Mary’s on Sunday. Both were delicious, and we could have had about 10 of each (although better judgement won out in the end).
We shared the Fried Green Tomatoes to start. Fried, covered with goat cheese and drizzled with honey, these are not only gorgeous to look at but taste marvelous. Forget about pacing ourselves; we couldn’t get enough of these and devoured them in about two minutes flat.
Head Chef Travis Eberhardt definitely put his extensive culinary training to good use in crafting the Ale House menu. Formerly the Executive Sous-Chef at Blackbird, he uses fresh local ingredients, even stopping by the local farmer’s markets when possible.
Mattie got the Huevos Rancheros, a house specialty (it’s actually titled Travis’ Famous Huevos Rancheros on the menu). It’s 2 crispy corn tortillas layered with seasoned black beans and topped with eggs (she got scrambled, but they’ll do any style you like), tomato fundido, chipotle hollandaise, queso blanco, chorizo sausage and lime cilantro sour cream.
Chelsea picked the Warm Ham & Cheese Croissant, which is sliced pit-style ham served with brie cheese, arugula and apple chutney on a warm, buttery croissant.
Chelsea said the ham reminded her of the kind her mother makes for Thanksgiving and Christmas–juicy, thick, and delectable. That being said, it’s hard to say if the ham was the best part of the dish because the apple chutney was really, really, something to write home about. Together, they’re perfection.
Pretty sure her face says it all…
The Ale House switches up their dessert offerings every few days. We got the chocolate mousse topped with whipped cream, which was a perfect finish to the meal. It was creamy and rich, but light enough that we didn’t feel too stuffed.
After lunch, we took a short stroll around the neighborhood. In 2015, Black Mountain started a new campaign, “The Little Town That Rocks”. The streets are dotted with gorgeous rocking chairs, hand-painted by local artists. Pick a favorite, sit and stay for awhile.
All the love to Black Mountain Ale House. Give it a go next time you’re on the hunt for a good meal–you won’t be disappointed!