Articles by: Stu Helm

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

“Best” is Such a Loaded Word… I like to use the term, “of The Year,” rather than “Best” when it’s time to hand out Stoobie Awards to the people that I meet and engage with along the way in the Asheville Food scene. When it comes to “Chef of the Year,” for example, I factor in a lot more than[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 3: “Jazzed and Baked” Asheville’s Best Coffee and Pastries!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 3: “Jazzed and Baked” Asheville’s Best Coffee and Pastries!

Part Three, Wherein Our Hero gets Blazed and Eats Cake… Welcome to the  3rd, and in some ways my favorite, installment of the annual Stoobie Awards! If you missed Parts One & Two, you can read them here: “2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: ‘THE BASICS’ Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!“ And here: “2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Stoobies Part Toobies… Hey-ey! Welcome back to the annual Stoobie Awards, Asheville’s most… um… Prestigious? Meaningless? Somewhere inbetweeningiest… culinary awards! The Stoobies are given out once a year by little ol’ me, Stu Helm, and nobody else.  This is Part Two, in which I will dole out awards for the best places to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and of[Read More…]

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: “THE BASICS” Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 1: “THE BASICS” Asheville’s Best Burger, Pizza, Sandwich, More!

It’s that time of year everyone… The Stoobie Awards are here! Every year, year after year, the good people of Asheville get to vote for all their favorite stuff in the pages of the Mountain Xpress‘s “Best of WNC” issue… I mean issues… volumes? Anthologies?!? Gosh it seems like they’ve got a lot of categories these days. Everything from best[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cakes!

Everybody say “Ho-oh!” As in hoe cakes. Also as in “ho ho ho,” for the Holidays, or in this case: HO-leeee shiiiiit, that’s good food! Last Tuesday, I ate a “Holiday Confit Ho Ho Hoe Cake” from the Root Down Food Truck that was so insanely tasty, I ate it again on Thursday. I ferkin’ lerved it both times and[Read More…]

by December 23, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Getting Pied at Pete’s in Downtown Asheville

My Whole Family Loves a Good Meat Pie. I’m from a pie family. We like pie. Apple pie, sweet potato pie, rhubarb, pumpkin, cherry pie… make any pie out of any fruit, squash, custard, or pudding, and we will eat it. Make a pie out of meat, and we will eat ALL of it. You and your family will have no[Read More…]

by December 16, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

EAT OF THE WEEK: Sweet Potato Pie! (As Seen on TeeVee?)

How & Why I Talked with My Mouth Full of Pie, Possibly for TeeVee. This week, I ate a lotta stuff that coulda been my Eat of the Week, but I only ate one thing on camera — for possible inclusion on an episode Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods: Delicious Destinations — and that was an amazing piece of sweet potato[Read More…]

What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

What’s so special about Asheville? The Junction’s tasting table for one thing

The Tasting Table at Asheville’s Tiny Junction Restaurant is a Very Special Place. If you’ve ever wondered what makes the Asheville food scene so special, wonder no longer: It’s the people, Dumbass. The chefs, the cooks, the restaurateurs, the servers, the bartenders, the farmers, the makers, the bakers, and even us, the eaters. We are what makes the scene so[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! Shrimp, Two Ways at The Imperial Life

EAT OF THE WEEK! Shrimp, Two Ways at The Imperial Life

Livin’ The Imperial Life, or Gittin’ Shrimpy Wid It In the recent past I have awarded my Eat of the Week to a taco, a calzone, and a hot dog. It’s time I gave some love to the fancy food in this town, which I also eat the shit out of on a regular basis. I have some fave places[Read More…]

Food Truckin’, Come On! Peruvian Stew, Tikka Masala, & Damn Good Pizza!

Food Truckin’, Come On! Peruvian Stew, Tikka Masala, & Damn Good Pizza!

Some of the Best International Food in Asheville Comes Out the Window of a Truck. Ain’t no joke, Yo. It wasn’t too long ago that someone asked me, “why don’t you like food trucks, Stu?” I was ashamed, because I do like food trucks, but hadn’t frequented them with enough regularity for many to show up in my writing. Well,[Read More…]

by December 2, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

COMING SOON: 4 New Restaurants in downtown Asheville

Calypso, Manicomio Pizza & Food, Baba Nahm and Well Played are all in the works.

by December 1, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Asheville News
Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

Why I Loved the 2016 Taste of Asheville (and think you should too)

According to Me, the 2016 Taste of Asheville was the place to be for eaters last week. One of my favorite stories to tell could be titled “A Friend of Jane’s.” It’s a true story about how I showed up late and ticket-less to the Taste of Asheville one year, and while standing in an enormous line with the high-end[Read More…]

by November 28, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Taco.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Congratulations! It’s a Taco.

EVERYONE IS TALKIN’ TACOS It’s no secret that about 15 or 16 new taco places are opening up in your neighborhood next week, and close to a thousand or more are slated for the greater Asheville area in the next month or two. The County Commission has approved a taco bar for every school, and Mission Hospital will soon replace[Read More…]

by November 25, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Foraging from a Truck at a Beer Dinner, Sans Beer

EAT OF THE WEEK: Foraging from a Truck at a Beer Dinner, Sans Beer

WILD ASHEVILLE FORAGED BEER DINNER WITH BELLY UP TRUCK. I like being invited to stuff! I can’t always make it to everything I get invited to, but I go as often as I can. It helps if I can walk to the stuff I get invited to, because I don’t drive. It’s even better if I have a purpose once[Read More…]

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Election Cake Regrets – Asheville’s OWL Bakery

EAT OF THE WEEK: Election Cake Regrets – Asheville’s OWL Bakery

CAN I CONFIDE IN YOU? Almost nothing seems more trivial to me right now than writing about food. Like many of you, I am still stunned by the election results, and can think of almost nothing else. To be a writer who writes about food at this moment in American history feels a little bit to me like showing up[Read More…]

by November 11, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
Bread, tomato, olive oil, cheese, and micro greens.

Still Coo-Rah-Tay-zy After All these Years! Asheville’s Best: Curaté

Cúrate [coo – rah – tay] Cúrate is as Awesome as Ever, & I will Fight People Who Say Otherwise! The famous baseball figure, and hilarious quote generator Yogi Berra once said of Rigazzi’s — a popular St. Louis restaurant back in the day — “Nobody goes there anymore. It’s too crowded.” While on the surface that is an amusingly[Read More…]

by November 3, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Fooding Around: Fish Stew & More

Fooding Around: Fish Stew & More

Stu and friends go fooding around Asheville, eating some of the best that the town has to offer, including Fish Stew to the Rescue! WHEN I SEAFOOD, I EAT IT! Plus a taco and three hot dogs. File this first section in the “It’s the Least I could Do” file, because buying and consuming two bowls of delicious Fish Stew[Read More…]

by November 3, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

UN CHAIN AVL: Bartaco Destroys Art Deco Treasure

[the following editorial about Bartaco is the opinion of the author alone] WHY WE RESIST Did you know that Asheville has one of the most notable collections of Art Deco buildings of any city in the country? In the world, actually. That seems really amazing when you think about it, but it’s absolutely true! Google it. You’ll see. I did[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! Take Out Window of Hot-Doggy Delights!

EAT OF THE WEEK! Take Out Window of Hot-Doggy Delights!

My GF, Dawn Roe is always saying that downtown Asheville needs an authentic take-out window. She likes to reminisce about the great take-out windows of Portland , OR, where she lived for a number of years. She has specifically mentioned one called Eat or Die that was apparently somehow attached to a bar called Satyricon. She gets kinda simultaneously nostalgic[Read More…]

by October 28, 2016 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Buh-buh-buh Bao Buns!

EAT OF THE WEEK! Buh-buh-buh Bao Buns!

I Had Never Eaten a Bao Bun Before. Then I Did. Then I Wanted a Million More. This week’s Eat of the Week is a little bit of a cheat of the week, because I ate it a few weeks ago, but I’ve been saving it for a rainy day, and as I write this, it is literally raining, so…[Read More…]

by October 21, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
REVIEW: Monday Night RAW! Blind Pig Supper Club, Asheville.

REVIEW: Monday Night RAW! Blind Pig Supper Club, Asheville.

NOM NOM… SO SORRY… GOBBLE CHOMP… YOU COULDN’T… SLURP GULP DROOL SLOBBER… MAKE IT… CHUG CHUG AAAHHHH! I ATE YOUR DINNER. Sometimes I get real lucky and someone else can’t go to a big fancy dinner or super-awesome event that they already paid for, so I get their ticket. Yay! Such was the case with the most recent Blind Pig[Read More…]

by October 19, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Let’s Taco ‘Bout Winners & Beginners at the Inaugural Grey Eagle Taco Contest

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Winners & Beginners at the Inaugural Grey Eagle Taco Contest

Five Judges. Six Tacos. One Clear Winner. Saturday, October 8th, 2016, Grey Eagle, Asheville: Let’s Taco ‘Bout It. I was lucky enough to be a judge at the first-ever Let’s Taco ‘Bout It throwdown hosted by the Grey Eagle, located in the River Arts District, which not only has it’s own taqueria inside, it has long been my fave taco[Read More…]

by October 17, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Not Since I Went to Venice…

EAT OF THE WEEK! Not Since I Went to Venice…

In July of 2015, I ate some lasagna in Venice, Italy that was so good, I cried. That is a 100% true story. Dawn and I went to Europe last Summer, and visited Italy among other lovely spots. In Venice, as you can well imagine, they know how to make some fuckin’ pasta. And some sauce. And they know how[Read More…]

by October 14, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji at Chai Pani

EAT OF THE WEEK! Mumbai Style Pav Bhaji at Chai Pani

Stu loves the thali, too.

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