September/October 2016 New & Notable

September/October 2016 New & Notable: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Old Etowah Smokehouse

Etowah

Locals and newcomers alike flock to this barbecue joint to try pit-smoked pork and chopped brisket sandwiches. A salad bar, Sunday buffet, and wood paneling offer traditional comforts at Chef Mike Moore’s new endeavor. It’s a departure from his upscale Blind Pig events, and has proven a popular spot for family suppers since opening this summer. 6577 Brevard Rd.; (828) 513-1680; www.oldetowah.com

Owl Bakery

Asheville

Stepping into Old World Levain Bakery is like being transported to a European café, complete with marble countertops and an alluring pastry case. Autumn brings warm flavors like clove and anise, as well as pumpkin custard tarts to be savored under the maple trees in the secret garden out back. OWL started as a “speakeasy” café for neighbors and friends, and opened its doors to everyone at a Bastille Day grand opening in July. 295 Haywood Rd.; (828) 785-1770; www.owlbakery.com

Tavern at Old Hampton Store

Linville

This historic 1920s general store has all the makings of a one-stop shop, and while it has long been home to a beloved barbecue joint, the store has added a classic-style tavern to its offerings. In the cozy venue, farm-to-bar drinks like a jalapeño-watermelon cocktail celebrate the High Country’s produce, and a broad selection of local wines and craft beers adds to the mix. 77 Ruffin St.; (828) 733-5213; www.oldhamptonstorenc.com

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