On a recent “reconnect” trip with my husband to Asheville, NC, a hub of great art, interesting people and dining, I had researched where to eat and visit. Many online reviews recommended the now being franchised Honey Tupelo. But it was under construction/renovation when we were walking downtown and on the same side of the street a little ways down, I had read really good things on Yelp about the little outside Cajun bistro called Mayfel’s. So we stopped in around 2 p.m. and ate outside for a late lunch.
The menu says the name “Mayfel” is short for Mary Felonise, the owner’s grandmother’s given name. While attending boarding school, she was teased with the name “Mary fell on your knees,” so she shortened it to Mayfel. The restaurant prepares everything from scratch, in order to provide wholesome food. They buy local when available and all meals are made to order, but we waited about 30 minutes to be seated and did not wait long for anything else. And it was simply awesome from start to finish.
The restaurant serves a full breakfast until 4 p.m. every day, including Shrimp and Grits, a variety of omelets and french toast.
The interior is small and quaint and the outside is small and narrow, with a rod iron black gate, it’s very pretty and we preferred being outside as Asheville is the most amazing place I’ve ever been for people watching.
When I walked inside, I noticed inside a homemade Bloody Mary bar with fresh horseradish and all the fixins. It looked really great, but I indulged in a house favorite called Mayfelade instead. It is simply the most tangy, refreshing, citrusy burst of ginger, mint and yum, YUM, UMMMM you could ever wish for. But even though you think, “I could drink 8 of these”, they will knock you on your Keister and I could only drink one with my meal once all was said and done.
Mayfelade – recipe courtesy of WNC magazine
Three springs fresh mint
1.5 oz. vodka
1.5-2.5 oz. ginger lemonade*
Slice of lime
Muddle two sprigs of mint in a 16-ounce glass, then fill with ice and add vodka and ginger lemonade. Top with club soda. Shake with a Boston shaker, then garnish with lime and sprig of mint.
*Ginger lemonade: Coarsely shred
1 cup of ginger, place it in a 16-ounce bottle, and fill with your favorite lemonade. Refrigerate for two weeks, shaking the bottle occasionally. It’s ready when the ginger starts to turn the lemonade slightly pink.
For a starter, we ordered the Pimento Cheese Bake, only $6.50
House baked cornbread topped with cheesy pimento goodness.
Other menu Appetizers options include: Fried green tomatoes, smoked rainbow Trout dip with toasted French Bread that has been featured in Gourmet magazine, for example, and Seafood Gumbo.
I don’t like spicy food, so ordered the Grilled chicken breast with tasty, seasoned collard greens and more delictable cornbread. It was so good and filling. We just ate slowly, sipped our drinks and didn’t even go out to dinner that night, that’s how totally satisfied we were with the experience.
Other items for carnivores like us are as follows: Jambalaya, Seafood E’touf’fee, an assortment of burgers, even including a Creole crab burger. If you are a vegetarian, there are options such as Southern Fried BBQ Tofu and the Tree Hugger black bean burger.
I highly recommend this wonderful restaurant and can’t wait to revisit it!