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Carmel's whips together a menu of traditional Southern favorites with fresh, forward-looking ingredients fortified in cross-cuisine partnerships with locavores including Imladris Farm, Sunburst Trout Company, and Short Street Cakes. Ceremoniously cut the duct tape over a mouth to usher in the cornmeal-fried-chicken sandwich's apple-and-cheddar battering rams ($9.50), or fire up Sunday brunch with the shrimp and grits' spicy poblano pyre ($10). Evening ingesters, meanwhile, may retire to the warm incandescence of Carmel's ornate dining room to feast on savory mainstays, including the Hickory Nut Gap beef-and-mushroom jus of Carmel's meatloaf ($16).

1 Page Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

The Magnetic Field showcases all-original plays, stand-up, musical, and dance performances. Browse the busy calendar of events slated to take the stage of The Magnetic Field's intimate theater. The Labyrinth, a dark comedy, follows an asylum patient as he scours the underworld in search of his best friend. A cadre of strange and wonderful characters stitch together scenes that move from a mental hospital to the River Styx to a television studio to a desert, much like Edward R. Murrow's eyewitness account of Burning Man. Though this Groupon is not valid for food and drink, enthused audience members can nosh and sip at the sleek café and bar on the premises.

372 Depot Street
Asheville,
NC
US

Cracker brings their signature brand of irony and irreverence to a performance of their 1993 platinum album release, Kerosene Hat, which produced three radio hits including ‘90s alt-rock jam “Low.” The band’s power-pop-punk tunes have been bopping heads for more than 15 years and over the course of eight albums—making the musicians veterans of the rock scene. The indie-rock showcase includes a performance from Camper van Beethoven, a band that shares a lead singer and a backstage bathroom with Cracker.

101 Biltmore Ave
Asheville,
NC
US

The Asheville International Children's Film Festival entertains all-ages audiences with a tightly packed schedule of 70 cinematic works from artists in 25 countries, divided into seven blocks of short films and one feature-length movie. On Saturday, families gather in Asheville Pizza & Brewing's colorful theater to witness Round the World and Home Again, a live-action flight through the lives, dreams, and playground treaty negotiations of children in seven countries. Wee ones release exhilarated squeals at 13 shorts in Once Upon an Adventure, which fills the screen with animated and live-action feats that delight juniors without the stress of adopting a litter of knights.

39 North Lexington Avenue
Asheville,
NC
US

Brian and Tiffany Lee, the husband-and-wife team behind Green Room Bistro & Bar, prepare familiar comfort-cuisine using ingredients that stand up to scrutiny. They source many ingredients locally, from the bison that goes into juicy burgers to the local feta cheese in freshly tossed salads. Fresh, nitrate-free meats gain deep flavor in the smoker before they're layered onto deli sandwiches.

Though the menu has lots of healthy options, it also has an indulgent side?take the smoked fried chicken, for example, which gets slow-smoked before it's battered for maximum flavor. Belgian-style pommes frites are another indulgent specialty; they're cut by hand, fried twice in beef tallow, and served with a choice of 11 sauces. ?If you're going to pay the calorie penalty for something fried, it might as well be really tasty,? Brain told the Mountain Xpress.

12 Church St
Asheville,
NC
US

Outside The Mill Pizzeria & Pub stands a rustic sign that bears the eatery's name and a disc painted to resemble a giant pizza. The sign was clearly made by hand, perhaps to hint at the handcrafted menu of oven-baked pizzas and sandwiches sizzling just inside. Nearly all the ingredients the kitchen uses are either made by hand or delivered fresh, and each pizza and sub is prepared only once it's ordered, rather than being made ahead of time and being forced to hug each other to keep warm. A $1,000 prize is offered to any two people who complete their two-topping, 40-inch pizza eating challenge. The spartan dining room exudes a homey feel, inviting diners to pull up a chair at either the knotted burl counter or the simple wooden booth near the fireplace.

29 Vance Ave Ste B
Black Mountain,
NC
US