New & Notable - January/February 2019

New & Notable - January/February 2019: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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(Left) Copper Penny Grill; (Right) Noble Cider

Copper Penny Grill - Rutherfordton

Forest City’s popular American eatery came to Rutherfordton in early December in the former Public Works building. The dishes are familiar yet exciting, such as Foothills Fritters (fried balls of house-made pimento cheese), the Carolina BLT, which adds a fried egg, pesto mayo, and American cheese to the classic sandwich, and a quesadilla burger, served inside a toasted tortilla shell. Signature desserts include the Ombre Black Raspberry cake. 131 N. Washington St.; (828) 395-2042;

All Day Darling - Asheville

In December, All Day Darling took over the space formerly inhabited by Tod’s Tasties in Asheville’s historic Montford neighborhood. A new concept from Jacob Sessoms, owner of both Tod’s and his upscale downtown venture Table, and High Five Coffee owner Jay Weatherly, the eatery features a menu of smoothies, vegetable-forward dishes, beer and wine on tap, and baked goods, plus a few of Tod’s most popular dishes, like tater tots and the Thunderbird fried chicken sandwich. Diners will enjoy the revamped space, which includes a new four-season sunroom patio. 102 Montford Ave.; (828) 505-3701;

Noble Cider - Asheville

Asheville’s first hard cider company’s newest location brings craft cider, cider-infused cocktails, and a globally inspired menu to Rankin Avenue’s historic 1928 Tyler Building in February. According to the company’s cofounder, Trevor Baker, the downtown location utilizes a full-circle cider concept, meaning the cider and apples are intrinsic to everything they create: leftover apple mash is fed to the local Red Angus beef and Red Wattle pork that are, in turn, served on the menu. To further celebrate the apple, brandy and Calvados flights will also be on offer. 45 Rankin Ave.; (828) 575-9622; 

Photographs courtesy of Copper Penny Grill; (Noble Cider) by Claire Brooks