Laughing Seed Cafe Al Fresco

This is going to be a quick post – more of a photo-blog, if you will – about Laughing Seed Cafe. They’re located on Wall Street, Asheville’s quaintest thoroughfare.

I was showing a visiting friend and her daughter around Asheville and environs for a few days. Needless to say, they loved it!

Even though none of us are vegetarians we stopped at Laughing Seed (tagline: “International Vegetarian Cuisine”) for dinner. What better on a warm summer evening than a good salad, I thought.

The Seed has a light, fresh feel inside, but because it was so nice, we chose outside seating.

Laughing Seed Cafe

They have seating in a defined patio area, shaded somewhat by an arbor . . .

Laughing Seed Cafe

. . . as well as additional tables beyond that on the sidewalk.

Laughing Seed Cafe

Just after we settled at our table, a group of local street performers set up. They played excellent Ragtime – with and without vocals – throughout our meal. It made the experience that much better.

Laughing Seed Cafe

Their Local Cheese Plate was my favorite. It came with four kinds of cheese from cheesemakers I know, fresh apple, blackberries, and strawberries, as well as house-made crackers and house-made bread. Do you SEE that bread? Yes, I admit I’m a total bread freak. That bread had cherries in it, along with other various nuts and seeds. Fantastic!  And I do have my cheese moments, also. By the way, do you know there’s a WNC Cheese Trail?

Laughing Seed Cafe

Here’s a shot of my friend’s dish. I was so distracted by the bread . . . I’m going to take a shot and guess this is Kung Pao Tofu: “Seasonal vegetables, fresh bamboo shoots and breaded tofu sautéed with peanuts and a sweet and spicy Szechuan chili sauce, served with jasmine rice.” Don’t hold me to that. Remember, I couldn’t take my eyes off the cheese plate.

I did take a taste of the tofu, even though I’m not a big tofu eater, and it was delicious!

Laughing Seed Cafe

I’m going to take this moment to tell you an inside joke between my friend (her daughter) and myself. We met when I was in 4th grade and she was in 5th. We know each other pretty well and don’t stand on ceremony. There were so many things we wanted to do in just 4 days, we’d have a plan and then something would come up that we thought would be more fun. We now call that “seeing a squirrel”.

Me: Okay, so we’re heading West on the Blue Ridge Parkway to Waynesville today.

Friend: That sounds good. Oh! There’s a waterfall toward Brevard (South)! Let’s stop on the way and take a look.

Me: Squirrel!

My entree was a special that day. A roll with green onion, avocado and carrots. It was okay, but I’d probably chose something else next time. The flavor was okay, but the rice had been soaked in something that made the roll too wet for my taste.

Laughing Seed Cafe

See Laughing Seed’s Menus here.

Laughing Seed Cafe
40 Wall St
Asheville, NC 28801
(828) 252-3445

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