About Us


Owners John and Julie Stehling


John and Julie Stehling met in Charleston, South Carolina where they both worked for John’s brother at the Hominy Grill. From Charleston they traveled extensively both across the country and throughout Asia. Thoughts of settling down always brought them back to Asheville and back to the dream of owning their own restaurant.
John does the cooking. He grew up a proud North Carolinian with a big garden and a mom whose cookies were killer lunchtime barter. Julie does the talking. She grew up in a tight-knit community where food, conversation and supporting your neighbors mattered.

They opened their first restaurant, Early Girl Eatery, in 2001. Early Girl has been lucky enough to find a loyal following from locals and tourists alike and to have been praised nationally and regionally… (To learn more about Early Girl see www.earlygirleatery.com) The incredible staff at Early Girl has been invaluable in giving John and Julie the ability and the confidence to move forward with new dreams and endeavors.


After the growth of their family, Hank was born in 2004, and Milo in 2006, King Daddy’s was tops on their dream list. In 2012 they began to look for the right space to fit their vision of happy guests meeting friends and family over a plate of soul satisfying fried chicken and waffles. The dream became reality when they opened the doors to King Daddy’s chicken and waffle at 444 Haywod Road in the spring of 2014.


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LOOKING TO TAKE A KING DADDY'S CHICKEN & WAFFLE TEE HOME? Want to spoil someone special with a gift certificate? Need it shipped directly to you? Please check out our online shop shopearlygirlandkingdaddy.com


The site also includes favorite items from our other restaurant - Early Girl Eatery in downtown Asheville. Look for the number of King Daddy's offerings to grow as we move along and learn from your feedback what you would like to see next.


Of course, t-shirts and gift certificates are also available to purchase in person at 444 Haywood Road.