Night Owl Eats - Asheville
Asheville has long had a dearth of late night delivery options. Catering to third-shift service workers like firefighters and medical personnel, the new Night Owl Eats began changing that in January with a service that delivers salads, pastas, and sandwiches until 3 a.m. Offerings include barbecue bacon cheeseburgers, Cuban and Italian sandwiches, and chicken alfredo pasta. (828) 230-5252; Facebook: Night Owl Eats.
Sawhorse - Asheville
Occupying the space of the former Leicester Family Restaurant, Chef Dan Silo’s new endeavor opened in March and pays homage to his family’s roots in the Adirondacks of upstate New York. Breakfast, lunch, and dinner reflect elevated French-Canadian and Northeastern American influences, and include dishes like buckwheat pancakes with pork belly and foie gras, poutine with house-made cheese curds, goose cassoulet, and pigeon pie. 101 New Leicester Hwy.; (828) 575-2316; sawhorserestaurant.com
Shine - Hendersonville
Located in a historic 1928 building in downtown, Shine opened its doors in January and offers a first for Hendersonville’s culinary scene: a rooftop for open-air dining and three floors with multiple lounges for eating, banquets, and other events. Specializing in New American cuisine, the menu features noteworthy appetizers like frog leg frites and fried boudin, soups, salads, and sandwiches, and entrées including pork tenderloin, duck, and shrimp tortellini. In addition to 24 beer taps, Shine also serves ciders, craft cocktails, and beverages made with house-made syrups. 202 N. Main St.; (828) 692-0018; shinehvl.com
The Levee Brewery & Pub - Valdese
For years, the town of Valdese has longed for a microbrewery. In November, those dreams came true thanks to British-born owner and brewer Peter Skelton. Styled after traditional English pubs, The Levee offers live entertainment and games designed to connect people. Flagship beers like Artificial Intelligence IPA and Daylight Robbery Ale can be sipped at the enormous bar Skelton built, which is covered in more than 2,000 English copper pennies. Cider and wine are also served. 118 Main St. W.; theleveepub.com