After nine years of building their popular Black-Eyed Susan Catering business, Cynthia and Brad Brasher of Black Mountain have teamed with longtime friend Mellie Bryant, owner of Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack, to open a new restaurant in Black Mountain.

Located in Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack at 304 W. State St., Black-Eyed Susan Cafe serves a Southern-inspired menu with fast service in mind. Chef Jamie Myers, previously of the Morning Glory Cafe, is running the kitchen. Black-Eyed Susan Cafe's goal is to serve affordable, hearty and delicious Southern-inspired lunch quickly in a pleasant setting – right in the middle of Mellie Mac’s Garden Shack. Casual dining tables are located indoors and outdoors.

Each day, Black-Eyed Susan Cafe offers two to four entrées that can be ordered with one or two side dishes, as well as a vegetable plate with three sides. The Buttermilk Fried Chicken is a popular item on the menu every day as an entrée or sandwich. The menu, changed daily, has recently included dishes like Bacon-Wrapped Meatloaf, Chicken Florentine, Herb-Crusted Salmon and Lemony Baked Chicken.

Side dishes include Mashed Potatoes, Stone-Ground Grits, Fresh Kale Salad, Carrot Souffle, Collards, Zucchini, Lima Beans and Homemade Potato Chips. Appetizer dishes like Hush It Up Puppies, Fried Green Tomatoes and Homemade Biscuits and local jam are available, as are a selection of freshly-made desserts like Southern Chocolate Fudge Pie and Strawberry Slab Pie.

Black-Eyed Susan Cafe serves lunch from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday through Friday. See menus and pictures on Facebook.

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