Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe

Eclectic | Vegetarian
Worth a detour

Zada Jane’s is a breakfast hot spot in the Queen City – a lively place where locals gather to chat ‘n’ chew and fill up on caffeine, available in all sorts of specialty espressos and coffees.

Hearty food! Fluffy buttermilk biscuits are accompanied by squeeze bottles of out-of-this-world apple jam and multi-berry jam obtained from a small farm outside of Asheville. Among several sausage choices is beautifully-seasoned, locally-made Grateful Grower’s pork. French toast is made from challah bread dipped in amaretto-flavored batter; thick slices come sprinkled with slivered toasted almonds and accompanied by orange butter.

You probably will wait for a table, especially on weekends, when even seats at the counter can be hard to find. Zada Jane’s is a small place, located in a building that once was a gas station, then a dry cleaner. Its close quarters make for a sociable dining experience, even if your inclination is to be a hermit.

What to Eat
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Pinckney Street Pancakes
Pinckney Street Pancakes
Buttermilk pancakes + Elvis. Coffee at Zada Jane's is served in all sorts of interesting miscellaneous cups and mugs.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Fruit Preserves
Fruit Preserves
Apple preserves and mixed-berry preserves, obtained from a small farm outside of Asheville, are sensationally good, especially on a warm buttered biscuit.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Strawberry Cake
Strawberry Cake
This strawberry cake, perched on a pedestal on the counter, tempted me all through breakfast, but by the time I was ready to order dessert, the last piece had been sold!
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Amaretto French Toast
Amaretto French Toast
Amaretto French toast, made with thick-sliced challah bread, comes with orange butter.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Booker T’s East Side Hasher
Booker T’s East Side Hasher
Roger, who was working the counter when I had breakfast, said I'd get my meal free if I guessed the inspiration for the name of this dish: Booker T's East Side Hash. I paid for breakfast because he had to remind me that the first big hit of the R&B group Booker T and the MGs was 'Green Onions,' with which this beautiful breakfast is sprinkled. Below them are eggs draped with melted cheese and sausage and below the eggs is a delicious lode of sweet potato hash browns.
Zada Jane’s Corner Cafe, Sweet Potato Browns
Sweet Potato Browns
'Sweet Potato Browns' are here shown with a biscuit and, in the background, an egg-white omelet.
Directions and Hours
closed now
Sunday8am - 4pm
Wednesday8am - 3pm
Thursday8am - 3pm
Friday8am - 3pm
Saturday8am - 4pm
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Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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