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Crab Cakes on 9

Have you been to Capella on 9 Rooftop Bar and Lounge at the AC hotel yet? If not, go! It’s a real gem located right downtown. And just in case you thought it was only for hotel guests and tourists, it’s not.

Capella on 9 is there for everyone! You, me, that guy; any and all of us are welcome to ride the elevator up the 9th floor of the hotel, sidle-up to the long, elegant bar, order an excellent cocktail — I don’t drink, but I have heard many people rave about their cocktails — and find a nice cozy couch or corner to curl-up in while you enjoy the wonderful view.

You can either have a cup of coffee and a locally made snack from the concierge area, or grab a table — inside or out — for a sit-down meal or just a bite from their tapas menu. My recommendation: the Crab Cake Duo!

Two savory and slightly spicy crab cakes seared until crispy on the outside, served with piquillo remoulade, roasted garlic aioli, charred asparagus (yum!) and microgreens, this version of a classic Mid-Atlantic state dish has become one of my favorites in downtown.

Great crab cakes in the mountains of WNC? Yes, of course! That is especially unsurprising when one considers that the executive chef at Capella on 9 is Rakim Gaines, formerly of The Lobster Trap, which I know we all love.

So, go see Chef Rakim and the excellent, professional, friendly staff at Capella on 9. The space is fun, open and bright, and the balcony and patio offer Asheville’s only 360-degree views of downtown and beyond. The bartenders are some of Asheville’s local favorites, the servers and managers are very professional and polished, and the food — of course — is tasty, satisfying and deftly made by skilled chefs and cooks who are happy to cook for us, their fellow citizens of Asheville, as well as those visiting our wonderful city! 

Find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from Capella on 9 by checking out their Dig Local Profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, Jan. 14

Meatless Monday Made Easy
at Blue Dream Curry House
Skip the meat this Monday and add No Evil Foods plant meat to your dish instead.
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Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, Jan. 15

Winter Sale
at Roanline
Starting Tuesday, all winter merchandise in-store and online is 20% off!
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Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, Jan. 16

HBC Run Club
at Highland Brewing Company

Runners of all levels are welcome to push themselves with a down-and-back run and celebrate afterward with a pint of Highland beer.
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Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, Jan. 17

Asheville Restaurant Week Kick-off
at Salvage Station
Join the Asheville Chamber to learn about the highly anticipated Asheville Restaurant Week (Jan. 21-27) and what your favorite restaurants are planning this year.
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✨ And stay tuned for our guide to all the local Asheville restaurants and their menus for Asheville Restaurant Week on Wednesday. 

Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, Jan. 18

Science Pub: The World Food Challenge, Crisis or Opportunity?
at Asheville Museum of Science

Have a drink and listen to Elizabeth Porter, an economist specializing in teaching international development, humanitarian assistance and more.
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Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, Jan. 19

1970s Disco Dance Party
at Ambrose West
Throw on your favorite disco attire and get down to the best of 70s disco jams.
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Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, Jan. 20

Sunday Brunch
at Twisted Laurel
Did someone say brunch? Check out the tasty new dishes at Twisted Laurel.
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Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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