New & Notable - November/December 2019

New & Notable - November/December 2019: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Four65 Woodfire Bistro + Bar - Highlands

Modern Mediterranean fare using local ingredients shines at this new addition to Old Edwards Inn & Spa. Open since September, Four65’s menu stays true to its name with wood-fired pizzas featuring artisanal toppings like spicy soppressata and wild mountain mushrooms, along with cast-iron sandwiches, small plates, and inventive salads that incorporate wood-fired ingredients like kale and Brussels sprouts. The full bar includes craft cocktails and rosé on tap. 465 Main St.; (828) 787-2990;

H&F Burger - Asheville

Occupying the space of the former Continental Lounge in downtown, James Beard Award-winning Chef Linton Hopkins’ H&F Burger, is expected to open in November. The first of Hopkins’ restaurants to open outside his hometown of Atlanta, the menu includes his popular griddled double cheeseburger, as well as a rotating selection of salads, milkshakes, and desserts. The space also features a walk-up Hop’s Chicken window, with a variety of fried chicken biscuits and sandwiches, including classic Southern, Nashville hot, and savory Japanese katsu-style. Local craft beers, wine, and a whiskey bar with upward of 100 labels can be enjoyed inside or on the dog-friendly outdoor patio. 77 Biltmore Ave.; (828) 417-3053;

Inconceivable Cafe - Hendersonville

Located inside Sanctuary Brewing’s tasting room, Inconceivable Cafe brought vegan pub-style fare to downtown Hendersonville in September. A collaboration between the brewery’s owner Lisa McDonald and Christine Kozlik, formerly of Horse Shoe’s short-lived Garlik Vegan, the eatery and its moniker is a testament to how unbelievably good plant-based food can be. The all-vegan menu features sandwiches, including the Beyond Burger, salads, and appetizers like fried cheese wheels with homemade marinara, all of which pair with Sanctuary’s award-winning craft brews. 147 First Ave. E.; (828) 333-0742; Facebook: Inconceivable Cafe

RosaBees - Asheville

Since September, this spot at The Foundation in Asheville’s River Arts District has served up inventive Hawaiian dishes like poké tacos, spam burgers, and Filipino lumpia rolls with coconut cream sauce. The dessert menu is equally imaginative: in addition to cupcake flights and doughnuts filled with passion fruit, there are rotating flavors of house-made marshmallows, like hibiscus and matcha, to go along with bee-themed chocolates and graham crackers. Boozy milkshakes and tropical cocktails add to the buzz. 27 Foundry St., # 20; (828) 417-7212; Facebook: RosaBees 

Photographs (From top) Courtesy fo Four65 Woodfire Bar + Bistro; by Henri Hollis; by Emily-Ann Trautman; by Melissa Gray