Located in charming Asheville, North Carolina, The Admiral is a fun, creative, and low-key bar and restaurant. It’s a gem hiding in plain sight, housed in a simple cinder block building in between a supermarket and an empty lot. But once you step inside it’s the kind of place you’ll be glad you found, and that you’ll never want to leave.
The Admiral is in West Asheville, an affordable low-key neighborhood with low-key people, and it fits right in. While it may look like a bar from the outside (and, to be honest, the inside), and the cocktails are spectacular, The Admiral is a serious restaurant. Menu sections are simply labeled i, ii, and iii, which denotes the size of the portions. “i” dishes include monkfish stew, roasted lamb tacos, and grilled romaine with confit chicken wing. “ii” options include a bagel with housemade lox, a traditional Vietnamese fried oyster crepe, fried chicken, and braised short ribs. The “iii” section features grilled bronzino, a pork chop with blue polenta and melted leek slaw, and a ribeye with twice-baked potato. It’s one of those restaurants where literally everything looks good, and it’s found where you’d least expect it.