Small Bites

The Admiral: West Asheville's The Admiral (pictured) has always had a thriving late-night scene, but it's now a better-fed one: The acclaimed eatery last month debuted a late-night lineup for its DJ-drawn crowd, featuring dishes from the regular dinner menu and smaller snacks, including truffled popcorn and shrimp deviled eggs. Many of the items seem designed to sate folks who've spent the evening doing more drinking than eating, including a Sonoran-inspired hot dog wrapped in bacon and slathered with mayo, a steak-and-egg plate, tongue tacos and a grilled chicken sandwich topped with a fried egg and bacon. Like all Admiral menus, the present one is "subject to change when freshness and creativity is required," owner Drew Wallace writes.

Photo by Jonathan Welch

The Admiral's late-night menu is in effect Sunday-Thursday, 10:30 p.m.-1:30 a.m. For more information, call 252-2541.

Vue: Hendersonville's Vue Wine Bar has expanding its offerings — and, accordingly, its name: The reconstituted Vue Wine Bar & Kitchen, at 123 5th Ave. E., now features a full dinner menu to complement the establishment's Old World wine scene.

"We offer seasonal cuisine using authentic products from the local land and apply classical French technique to our fare," says a news release from owners Lawrence Kobesky and Ariel Glassman. There's still plenty of vino, of course: Vue offers more than 40 wines by the glass (all "small production wines coming from farmer-oriented vineyards") and an extensive bottle list.

Vue has three main areas, each suited for a different dining experience. The downstairs seats up to 32 diners; upstairs is a couch-filled lounge; and there's a private dining room that seats 12 and features a fireplace. In the spring, the owners say, they plan to add a rooftop patio.

Vue is open for wine and dinner at 5 p.m. daily, closed on Tuesdays. For more information, visit or call 698-7282.

Taste Of The Blue Ridge: Knife & Fork (see this week's feature story) is one of many Mitchell County eateries participating in the United Way's second annual "Taste of the Blue Ridge," a Monday, Sept. 14, fundraiser featuring food and wine samples from local restaurants, caterers and vendors. Tickets to the evening event at the Cross Street Commerce Center in Spruce Pine, 31 Cross St., are $20. To learn more, call 765-7724.

Euphoria: Greenville is gearing up for its annual food and wine extravaganza, this year titled "Euphoria," to be held Sept. 18-20. The schedule suggests the most exciting events are reserved for the high rollers: Tickets to Friday's Taste of the South, at which participants will have the chance to graze on offerings from the upstate's top restaurants, are $100, while guest-chef dinners on Saturday night are priced at $125. Still, the culinary talent may justify the price: Featured chefs include Guy Savoy of Restaurant Guy Savoy; Tim Graham, executive chef at Chicago's Tru; Kevin Rathbun, the Atlanta chef behind Krog Bar, Rathbun's and Kevin Rathbun Steak; and Birmingham legend Frank Stitt. For tickets, visit


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