Side One, my favorite Loretta’s Cafe face, is on N Lexington Ave., Asheville. Guiding diners to the right door among the building’s mish-mash facade of doors, windows, pipes is a terrific wall-mounted sculpture.
Open the door, climb the stairs and land at the first hint of Loretta’s Louisiana/New Orleans/Mardi Gras (+) theme.
Place your order at the counter straight ahead. Menus are in print and on chalk boards. A small seating area is off to the side.
Now, turn around and see an open, fun main dining area. Origami swans dangle from overhead pipes, mementos line shelves, and reading material is provided in the form of dozens of wall-mounted collectors plates.
Here’s what the room looks like from a window table.
Sis had an Egg Salad Sandwich ($6.25) filled to overflowing. Fork optional, but suggested.
Sunshine Supreme ($7), this day’s special, caught my eye. Turkey, Avocado,and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus were generously layered between two slices of thick bread. It came with a drink, pickle and chips.
Side Two, addressed as 109 Broadway, opens to Loretta’s main level – the one you took stairs to reach a few minutes ago. Parking and access to this side of Loretta’s can be tough, while there’s a large pay-lot and street parking on Lexington.
From what we observed, Loretta’s does a lot of catering. Oh, there’s a large private room available, also.
Loretta’s has been serving Ashevillians for 15 years, but this is a newer location. It’s a great place to stop in for soup, sandwich, or both.
114 N Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801