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BY LINDSEY TANNER
ASHEVILLE, N.C. | In downtown Asheville, good restaurants are as handsomely conspicuous as the artsy boutiques and bodegas that give the Blue Ridge Mountain mecca its trendy, vibrant flair.
• The Admiral: 400 Haywood Road, West Asheville, N.C., 828-252-2541
• Sunny Point Cafe: 626 Haywood Road, West Asheville, N.C., 828-252-0055
Across the French Broad River, in West Asheville? Not so much. This is the funkier side of town, where families, artists and workers live in frame bungalows lining narrow, hilly side streets, and the main drag, Haywood Road, has an earthier, slightly gritty feel.
That's why driving down Haywood, you're more apt to notice the gas station across the street than the squat cinder block building that houses The Admiral.
"Chances are, you will pass us at least three times. You won't be able to find a good parking place," said Admiral co-owner Drew Wallace.
When The Admiral opened in 2007, Wallace and business partner Jonathan Robinson called
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