New & Notable

New & Notable: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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For years, the Asheville dining crowd has longed for a place to eat thick spicy stews of lentils and lamb and spongy flatbread called injera. Now, those Ethiopian staples finally have a WNC home. Addissae opened in December with individual and traditional group platings, plus Ethiopian-style coffee service. 48 Commerce St., Asheville; (828) 707-6563; Facebook: Addissae

The Winged Lion

Modern speakeasies are trendy, but most places can’t resist marketing, contradicting the notion of a secret social club. The Winged Lion is different. With no signage or even voice mail, just a mysterious window decal, the bar offers delicate craft cocktails in a low-key, community-focused atmosphere. 513 Mill St., Sylva; (828) 667-4663; Facebook: The Winged Lion

La Guinguette
Black Mountain

From the owners of Asheville’s Cecilia’s Kitchen comes this charming French and Argentine café. The menu focuses on sweet and savory crêpes, tamales, and empanadas, plus daily comfort-food specials such as coq au vin. 105 Richardson Blvd., Black Mountain; (828) 357-5636; Facebook: La Guinguette    

Gan Shan Station

This Asian-inspired restaurant has a big-city feel. Maybe it’s the world-class eats: delicately spiced beef carpaccio over shaved root vegetables, Thai fermented sausage, pork ramen, and platters of Korean-style flank steak. Maybe it’s the craft cocktails or the stylishly renovated gas station setting. But more than anything, that metropolitan bustle comes from the crowds that have turned out enthusiastically since the restaurant opened in December. 143 Charlotte St., Asheville; (828) 774-5280; www.ganshanstation.com

Photographs: (addissae) by Joelle Melissa & G.W. Weber; (gan shan station) by Stewart Young