La Guinguette in Black Mountain, NC

I found myself a little impatient the other morning. Another night passes with little sleep, but I was busting out of my sheets full of energy. I was hungry for breakfast and starving for a little culinary adventure. I messaged Shonie that I would be over at her house shortly to pick her up, so she needed to get dressed quickly. I had been craving for crepes for too many weeks and today was that day. I have been exhausted by the usual Asheville Downtown options. Plus, city parking is doodoo and I wasn't going to have it. 

It was a bit of a wonky drive over to Black Mountain because the state was still under a lot of flood warnings in result of Hurricane Jequin. My car was no match for the wind and we were slightly skeptical that we made a bad decision leaving the area for breakfast. But we made it in one piece and had a splendid morning. 

I giggled when I first saw La Guinguette; the gloomy weather didn't take away the sunshine radiating off of its yellow painted exterior. I have heard from locals that there have been a few businesses in and out of that building, so I was curious what these new folks had to serve. 

 A small herb garden next door. Wasn't there when they were open, but plan on stopping by when they are. 

A small herb garden next door. Wasn't there when they were open, but plan on stopping by when they are. 

We came in at a good time (right when they opened, 10AM on Sunday) and made an easy choice to sit on their porch which was heated and had plenty of natural light peering in. We set up shop quickly, rearranging tables and standing on chairs to get the perfect shot for all the goodies we were ordering. I'm sure the waiter wasn't pleased, but he did well carrying a smile on his face and refilling coffee before it was just a stain at the bottom of the mug. 

After getting settled I was whisked away by the sultry voices of Norah Jones, Diana Krall, and Billie Holliday faintly playing in the background. Beautiful French songs danced between the American jazz varieties. 

 Shonie said, "I usually don't have cream with my coffee, but I'll do it just for your Leah."

Shonie said, "I usually don't have cream with my coffee, but I'll do it just for your Leah."

I first ordered a bowl of the "Soup of the Day". Always a heartbreaker, because it's usually always good and I know I won't have it again. It was a curry based soup which really hit the spot. It came with crunchy crepe pieces to dip and soak up the bottom goodies from the bowl. As my main, I mixed a sweet crepe option. I chose La Citron, which originally consists of just sugar and lemon juice, but I added seasonal fruit, which included fresh blackberries, strawberries and Mmmmmm peaches! Shonie went with La Ratatouille and added sausage (which I ended up ordering myself another day!). Absolutely blown away with the colors and the tastes that were attached. My tastebuds were harmonizing with the vocalists on the speakers. 

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Service was timely, friendly, and attentive (Hi five to Matt!) and food was délicieuse! I definitely recommend bringing new visitors to this spot for breakfast or lunch and of course to anyone else who hasn't eaten at La Guinguette. I promise it will be your new go-to. 

 Finger-licking good. Photography by Shonie Joy. 

Finger-licking good. Photography by Shonie Joy. 

Until next time, au revoir!
La Guinguette
105 Richardson Blvd, Black Mountain, NC 28711 www.laguinguettenc.com/


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 Soup of the Day at La Guinguette. 

Soup of the Day at La Guinguette. 


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 Getting ready to chow down on my La Citron plus seasonal fruit crepe! Photograph taken by Shonie Joy. 

Getting ready to chow down on my La Citron plus seasonal fruit crepe! Photograph taken by Shonie Joy. 



 Does a photographer really ever get to eat? Photograph by Shonie Joy. 

Does a photographer really ever get to eat? Photograph by Shonie Joy. 


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