New & Notable Restaurants in Asheville, Cashiers, and Marshall

New & Notable Restaurants in Asheville, Cashiers, and Marshall: The scoop on WNC's latest dining destinations
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Star Diner Marshall
Chef Brian Sonoskus, formerly of the homegrown Tupelo Honey Southern food chain, is at the helm of the long-awaited Star Diner in Marshall, which opened in early February. Dry-aged rib eye steaks, porterhouse pork chops, and seafood highlight the steak house feel of this contemporary American restaurant. Guests can expect a large wine list and big band music at this upscale dining destination. 115 N. Main St.; (828) 649-9900; Facebook: Star Diner and Greenies Taxi

Calypso Asheville
St. Lucian cuisine isn’t typical Appalachian fare, and Calypso isn’t a typical restaurant. Curried goat and braised oxtail are inspired by owner Esther Frances Joseph’s childhood in St. Lucia, as is the Caribbean atmosphere complete with conch shells and potted palms. Libations including rum cocktails and house-made cola compliment the menu at this vibrant restaurant, 
which opened in late December. 18 N. Lexington Ave.; (828) 575-9494;

Library Kitchen + Bar Sapphire
Sapphire Valley’s historic library has been revived as a sophisticated restaurant under the guidance of celebrated chef Johannes Klapdohr, formerly of Madison’s at Old Edwards Inn. Oysters on the half shell served with a wasabi-bloody Mary vinaigrette and petite pot roast have proven popular since the grand opening on New Year’s Eve. Guests can watch the food come to life in the open kitchen. The white décor is accented by colorful paintings by artist and co-owner Marvin Gralnick. 184 Cherokee Tr.; (828) 743-5512;