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New & Notable: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Lazy Hiker Brewing Company

Sitting a mere 14 miles off the Appalachian Trail, Franklin’s first brewery is aptly named. The 15-barrel brewhouse and taproom, located in the former town hall and fire department buildings, draws thru-hikers and locals alike. After a day spent outdoors, enjoy Lazy Hiker’s Inaugural IPA, a top seller with floral, earthy, and spiced undertones. 188 W. Main St.; (828) 349-2337;

Haywood Smokehouse

With rave reviews in Waynesville, this smokehouse opened its Dillsboro location in June, taking over the erstwhile Dillsboro Smokehouse. The barbecue joint allows diners to take a trip around the country without leaving town, serving a variety of styles such as Southern pork shoulder and chicken, Texas beef brisket, Memphis ribs, California tri-tip, and Florida smoked mullet. 403 Haywood Rd.; (828) 631-9797;
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Evolution Wine Kitchen

What was once Perk and Pastry Bistro has evolved into this restaurant, wine bar, and olive oil and balsamic bottling shop. Evolution Wine Kitchen boasts 250 varieties of wine at pleasing price points, plus perks like goat cheese truffles and Italian olive oil and balsamic tastings. 506 W. Main St.; (828) 631-9856;  

BEAN Vegan Cuisine

After a successful start in Charlotte, this 100-percent vegan restaurant opened a second location in Asheville. The menu specializes in veggie versions of Southern comfort foods such as biscuits and gravy, pulled barbecue sandwiches, fried tofu fingers, old-fashioned cheeseburgers, and jackfruit carnitas tacos. 2145 Hendersonville Rd.; (828) 483-6505;  

—Aubrie Gerber