Cuisine: American, New American
Price Range: $$
You might drive by The Admiral a few times before you realize that the unassuming cinderblock building with its hole-in-the-wall veneer is actually the place you're looking for. Don't let the scruffy... Read More
You might drive by The Admiral a few times before you realize that the unassuming cinderblock building with its hole-in-the-wall veneer is actually the place you're looking for. Don't let the scruffy exterior and dive-bar aesthetic fool you into thinking that everyone's fervent recommendations have somehow steered you wrong; rest assured that the unbelievably small kitchen is cranking out culinary magic and this West Asheville gem is absolutely as great as everyone says it is. Inside, a dark wood finish is set aglow by neon beer signs and guests nosh a selection of audacious dishes sporting haughty ingredients like imported oysters and foie gras. Still, chefs keep it real with lots of foundational indigenous fare. This gatro-dive, as perfectly titled by the New York Times, is undeniably a diamond in the rough.
- Best Restaurants: "An unexpected perk of this quirky spot is that by 10pm on Friday and Saturday nights a DJ with a vast vinyl collection takes center stage. Chairs and tables are moved outside and a mix of old timers and hipsters boogies on the dance floor well into the night."
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: The Admiral typifies everything that makes Asheville great: unapologetic individuality, genuine hospitality and an unshakable passion for outstanding food.