Mid summer, week end, West Asheville…I’m there. Haywood Road, in particular, is the perfect place to get your weekend wander on, as a unique assortment of eats, drinks, shops, and entertainment await you. This Saturday, I wandered with a mission…a foodie mission, but a mission nonetheless. Our journey took us to the once less-visited east end of Haywood, which is undoubtedly growing an impressionable presence with its emergence of quality, thoughtful and…need I say, lovely businesses.
We started with the task at hand. You see, for weeks as I’ve been developing my Instagram account @lamesamariposa, I have been witness to a number of posts depicting seemingly irresistible baked goods from OWL, or Old World Levain, Bakery. Taking a morning date here became a sudden priority. We actually had tried to go on July 4th since I had the day off from work, but alas they were closed like many on the holiday. My husband has been out of town this week, so when he returned, we tried again and loved it.
With a soft and modern interior, minimal but intentional decor, and a beautiful array of exquisitely crafted pastries and European-style small plates, the careful attention to detail is undeniable. Ingredients are locally sourced and organic when possible and use of grass-fed dairy is of paramount importance. The bakery has received a great amount of attention and can be a bit busy on the weekend, but don’t fret–there is ample space with bright tables and fine service al fresco in their courtyard out back. Truly, everything is delicious, but the danishes must be had. Looking for an interesting take on toast? OWL serves up fresh tartines with a variety of artisanal ingredients. Our taste-buds were quite surprised and impressed by the fruit jam dressed with mustard seeds.
After a wonderful start to our day, we continued our venture across the street. Stay tuned to read about (and visualize) our visits to VILLAGERS urban homestead supply and design shop and to EAST/WEST Market.