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New & Notable May-June 2018

New & Notable May-June 2018: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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(left) Aux Bar; (right) BadHappy Poutine

AUX Bar - Asheville

The newest spot from the folks behind Asheville’s popular Blind Pig Supper Club and the erstwhile King James Public House brought modern-American cuisine with Southern flair to Lexington Avenue in February. The menu features some of the co-chefs’ most beloved dishes (like duck wings and fried chicken and crumpets), as well as new offerings. Their cocktails, featuring house-made shrubs, bitters, and sodas, are not to be missed. 68 N. Lexington Ave.; (828) 575-2723; www.auxbar.com

BadHappy Poutine - Asheville

Formerly in Chicago, BadHappy Poutine moved to chef Tom Kern’s hometown of Asheville in March. While traditional Canadian poutine features cheese curds and gravy over fries, BadHappy offers toppings such as pork belly, truffle mayo, and foie gras mousse, making it easy to see why Kern calls his poutine “fine dining on frites.” BadHappy also offers hefty burgers, sandwiches, and decadent milkshakes. 354 Merrimon Ave. Suite 50; (828) 575-9998; www.badhappypoutine.com

Bodegas Kitchen and Wine Bar - Banner Elk

Since the New Year, Bodegas Kitchen and Wine Bar has brought authentic tapas-style Caribbean fare—such as Cuban sandwiches, yuca fries, and coconut shrimp—to the High Country. The name pays homage to co-owner Paul Alcazar’s father’s Cuban heritage and the neighborhood bodegas that served up great food and a laid-back, friendly atmosphere. In addition to a carefully curated wine list, the bar offers craft cocktails. 488 Main St. W.; (828) 898-7773; www.bodegasbe.com

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Photographs (aux bar) by Cindy Kunst; courtesy of Badhappy Poutine