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Neighborhood Eats: Ivory Road

Ivory Road in Arden is a cozy place that serves breakfast, lunch, and hosts afternoon tea on the weekends (complete with crumpets). (Photo credit: Kelly Doty, WLOS)

There's no need to travel far if you want to enjoy a proper cup of afternoon tea.

Ivory Road in Arden is a cozy place that serves breakfast, lunch, and hosts afternoon tea on the weekends (complete with crumpets).

You'll find Ivory Road just off of Brevard Road, but customers say the setting feels secluded.

"It's quaint. It's something different," customer Michael Terblance said. "You know, this is a lovely setting. It's an old house. The stone outside, it's lovely."

Owner Jill Wasilewski says she named her business after the street she grew up on in Maryland. She opened the shop after traveling all over the world, gaining experience in all kinds of kitchens.

"I'm happiest when I'm making bread, or somebody's wedding cake or cupcakes," Wasilewski said. "Just something where you start with ingredients and you end up with a really beautiful product that somebody goes, 'Oh, my gosh, that was awesome.'"

Wasilewski's baked goods accompany one of the restaurant's most popular ventures - afternoon tea.

"Each person gets their own individual teapot, which is fun because the collection we have I think is cool," she described. "And then you get scones and shortbreads, cookies on a little plate with homemade jam and clotted cream, which is kind of traditional. And then you get the tiers with the desserts on the bottom and the little finger sandwiches."

The spread sounds dainty, but Wasilewski says customers leave feeling full and, hopefully, a bit more relaxed.

"It's not supposed to happen in 20 minutes. You're supposed to sit down and relax and enjoy yourself, which I love, too, because there's not enough of that," she said. "You know, sit down and relax."

Wasilewski said she hopes to make tea cool again and says Ivory Road has hosted bachelorette parties and baby showers.

If tea isn't quite your thing, Ivory Road's food offerings will likely win you over.

The all-day breakfast options include southern skillet, quiche, and brioche French toast. Lunch items feature a meatball sub and a grown-up grilled cheese sandwich, served with pimento cheese and bacon.

"Delicious," Terblance said of the food. "That's one of the best things about this restaurant is that Jill makes the food with natural, locally-sourced ingredients. Nothing artificial, nothing strange. You know exactly what you're going to get every time."

"Everything is homemade. Absolutely everything," Wasilewski said of the food at Ivory Road. "All the dressings. We make homemade soups that rotate through all the time."

"The menu is creative. They have the chalkboard up there, changes all the time," Terblance added. "It's always fun to come in, take a look at look at it, find something exciting."

Ivory Road is located at 1854 Brevard Road in Arden, North Carolina. They're open Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday afternoon tea is held at 2 p.m. and costs $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made on their website.

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