November/December New & Notable

November/December New & Notable: The scoop on WNC’s latest dining destinations
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Smoky Park Supper Club 

In a set of 19 modified shipping containers snuggled next to the French Broad River, one of Asheville’s most eagerly awaited restaurants is open. The fare at Smoky Park Supper Club is fittingly sturdy, with unconventional touches. Wood-grilled entrées include a whole trout with lime and a grilled avocado vinaigrette, and a pork chop with smoked tomato gravy and sweet and sour onions. Plus, there are plenty of locally sourced bar snacks and sides to nibble on. 350 Riverside Dr.; (828) 350-0315;

The Cut Cocktail Lounge  

If a late night in Sylva finds you hungry or thirsty, you’ve got no excuse: The Cut Cocktail Lounge, tucked away down a staircase off Main Street, serves its full menu every day from 5 p.m. to 2 a.m. The swank space offers craft cocktails, cheap beer, and fancy bites along with a daily crock pot special, with dishes such as chicken pesto over rice—“basically the sort of thing your mom served at home,” notes owner Jacque Laura. Look for upcoming guest-chef nights, too. 610 W. Main St.; (828) 631-4795; Facebook: Thecutcocktaillounge

Nu Wray Inn  Burnsville
Under new ownership, the historic Nu Wray Inn has re-opened its long-closed restaurant, which is serving lunch and dinner Friday to Sunday. Think down-home, family-style fare like fried chicken and creamed corn, topped off with banana pudding. With Chef Kevin Maher, a graduate of A-B Tech’s lauded culinary program, in the kitchen, the Southern staples are a solid celebration of the eatery’s return. 102 Town Square; (828) 682-2329;