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Rise N Shining for an awesome breakfast….

Photos of Barbie Angell by Rodney Smith - Tempus Fugit Design © 2013

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Asheville, NC is known for providing a seemingly endless supply of options for having a good time. Whether it’s an evening of sampling local beers or listening to the brilliant and innovative music that is born in these mountains, there are two things which an avid Asheville nightlifer needs to prepare for and recover from such an adventure; a wicked awesome breakfast to begin their day and a wicked awesome breakfast for the morning after. Asheville’s Rise N Shine Cafe is ideal for both.

As any of my regular bartenders can tell you, I have my own drink. Yep, they see me and know exactly what I want and that I will tip well for it. I can throw back about 3 to 4 of these an hour and not even act the slightest bit tipsy. You guessed it, I’m the skinny girl at the bar with the large glass of water. Still, staying out late, hydrated as I may be, requires the benefit of a scrumptious breakfast while I tell the tales of the phenomenal band I heard the night before.

I know, I should've been a hand model.

My favorite breakfast offering at Asheville’s Rise N Shine Cafe is their amazing eggs benedict. “2 free range eggs poached and perched atop an English muffin smothered in homemade hollandaise sauce.” And ohmywow, it is every bit as delicious as they describe it. I don’t know if it’s the free range eggs, the homemade hollandaise or the extra bit of love they add in the form of bacon. Whatever their genius, they have an admirer in me. In fact, although I rarely finish a meal, I almost always finish this delectable breakfast.

Yes, I use sugar and cream....don't judge.

Rise N Shine also wins my heart for having incredible coffee: because what is breakfast without coffee? Their description of it is, “Asheville Coffee Roasters supply a shade-raised and fair-trade pure bean organic Nicaraguan coffee.” However, I feel sure that’s only because they can’t say, “raised, roasted & brewed in a utopian alternate universe.” It’s probably some sort of trademark infringement.

Aside from the local, organic, and homemade food and drink, Asheville’s Rise N Shine offers something special that is also necessary to a thoroughly enjoyable meal; quick, accurate service with a staff that is so amiable they even responded favorably to my weird humor.

I’m predominantly a breakfast girl, but fortunately for the rest of you, Rise N Shine also serves lunch. In fact, as an extra benefit, they’re located next to my favorite ice cream shop in Asheville, Hop Ice Cream Cafe. I think that’s what people in the business world call a “win-win” situation.

So, whether you’re visiting Asheville, NC or you live here, put Rise N Shine cafe on your itinerary…and prepare for it to become your favorite Asheville breakfast place.

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Rise N Shine is on Facebook here, on Twitter here, on their website here, and at 640 Merrimon Avenue, Asheville, NC in the real world.  They also have a phone, because they’re cool like that….828-254-4122

Keep it Local kids, and keep your breakfast awesome.
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For more reviews of Rise N Shine Cafe, please check out April Fox’s thoughts at Girl vs. World.
Jacob McDonald’s views at ~ Ask Asheville, Guest Post.
and Gary Charles’ words at ~ Ask Asheville.

And for all your food news and reviews, go to ~ Asheville Foodie News.

….thanks for playing. : )

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  1. I love this Barbie! You are a natural as a restaurant reviewer–great tone, all the necessary info, & an all-around fun read. & funny–you & I both drink the exact same drink when we’re out & about–well, almost–I like the bubbly kind of H2O ;- )

    1. why, thank you. : ) i can’t imagine what i’ll say for my next review, this just kind of came out. i figured anyone who knows me in real life would read it and say, “out late partying?….you only drink water at the bars.” so i decided i should address that right away. thanks again, i’m flattered that you like it so much. : )

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Barbie Angell

Release Date

March 5, 2024


“Barbie Angell Uncensored” is a dazzling fusion
of poetry, comedy and tragedy

ASHEVILLE NC – Poet, playwright and raconteur Barbie Angell performs “Barbie Angell Uncensored: An Unfiltered, Uninhibited and Unapologetic Event” at 8pm Wednesday, March 27, 2024, at LaZoom Bar & Gorilla. The 90-minute show is a melange of works spanning Angell’s career, including her poetry, excerpts from her autobiographical play “Death by Sparkle,” pieces from her children’s book “Roasting Questions,” and rarely performed mature works.

A multitalented, multi-hyphenate personality based in Asheville since 1999, the always colorful Angell is recognized around town for her work as a poet, playwright, columnist, emcee, artist and fashion designer. She has been voted “Best of WNC” poet by Mountain XPress readers for 10 consecutive years, and her skills as an emcee have made her a sought-after host for local festivals and large events such as Planned Parenthood’s Condom Couture and the Reproductive Rights Rally. 

Angell has written sketch comedy, co-authored “The Kids Show: Definitely Not for Kids,” and penned one act of “Grimm’s Fairy Tales” for Montford Park Player. She is currently creating and selling upcycled clothing in her own fun and funky signature style – some of which will be available for sale at the event, along with original artwork and prints.

Equal parts stand-up comedy, poetry slam and public confession booth, “Barbie Angell Uncensored” promises to be emotional, unsettling, hilarious, and as unique as Barbie Angell herself!

Tickets are available at for a suggested donation of $20.