If you're ever in Asheville, NC, you have to (this is a command) hit up one of my favorite bars in the city, The Admiral, which is a casual, dark and dingy-looking bar that serves food more than a few notches above your regular grub pub fare. Reservations are recommended. Really.
With my last visit there was actually a vegetarian entree on their daily-changing menu, but this go round there was nothing besides salads and soups that were veg. Knowing that care, love, and yum goes into all of their food, I went with a plate of all the side for that evening perched atop one another — sprightly pickled fennel atop roasted baby carrots, smoked fingerling potatoes, lentils, and bathed-in-butter barley. Butter really does make everything better.
And there is no way I was not ordering the bread pudding made with, not day-old bread, but day-old Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Dessert is already a calorie and fat bomb, might as well do it up right and with no reservations.
400 Haywood Rd., Asheville, NC 28806