New & Notable - September/October 2019

New & Notable - September/October 2019: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Bargello & District 42 - Asheville

Late summer saw two new independently owned and operated eateries open on the ground floor of Asheville’s luxury Kimpton Arras Hotel: Bargello and District 42. Both are helmed by Posana restaurant’s owners, husband and wife team Peter and Martha Pollay. Bargello offers Mediterranean-centric cuisine, including handmade pizzas and house-made pastas like squid bolognese with bigoli pasta, Spanish octopus, and calamari. District 42 brings global cuisine in small sharable portions to the table, including dishes such as hasselback fingerling potatoes with beluga caviar, as well as craft cocktails and locally sourced spirits. 7 Patton Ave.; (828) 774-5664;;

The Greenhouse - Asheville

Located in Rankin Avenue’s historic 1928 Tyler Building, Noble Cider’s The Greenhouse opened in July, bringing head chef Gavin Baker’s talents to Asheville. His prior culinary experiences include a stint managing Justin Timberlake’s restaurant in Los Angeles and a sous chef position at England’s Michelin three-starred The Fat Duck. At The Greenhouse, Baker offers a menu that appeals to many tastes and appetites. Starters include items as simple as $5 fried cashews with kaffir lime and barbecue spices, and as luxurious as a $150 caviar service. An array of small plates ranges from char-grilled octopus to a barbecued sturgeon chop, and among the larger entrées, the whole cauliflower with a goat cheese crust is a standout. The setting—vintage, tropical garden-themed décor with mid-century modern touches—is equally eclectic. And as befitting of Asheville’s first cidery, there are cider and brandy flights, as well as specialty cider cocktails on offer. 49 Rankin Ave.; (828) 505-4076;

SingleTree Heritage Kitchen - Waynesville

Open since September, SingleTree brings seasonally driven fare to downtown Waynesville that represents the culinary heritage of chef and owner Josh Weeks’ home state of North Carolina. Weeks formerly worked as the general manager and executive chef at Corner Kitchen in Asheville. For his new venture, seared mountain trout, cornmeal-encrusted shrimp, and roasted pork belly with green tomato relish stand out, especially when washed down with a local beer from one of the bar’s eight taps. Diners can enjoy food and drinks inside at one of the handmade wormwood tables or on the dog-friendly front patio. Corner of Branner Ave. & Depot St.; (828) 279-9792;

Photographs (from top) by Tim Robison; Sydney Conrad; courtesy of Singletree Heritage Kitchen