Articles by: Stu Helm

EAT OF THE WEEK: What’s Shaped like a doo-doo, and tastes like heaven?

EAT OF THE WEEK: What’s Shaped like a doo-doo, and tastes like heaven?

WARNING: If you don’t like soft-serve, read no further. And if you don’t think that the term “soft-serve” is frickin’ hilarious, especially because the end product is very doo-doo shaped, please never read one of my columns again. If you don’t see the connection, then… y’know… wake up. Aaanyhoooo… now that we’ve dispensed with that, let’s get on to The[Read More…]

by April 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: Balls! (AKA Croquetas de Setas en el Estilo de Cúrate!)

EAT OF THE WEEK: Balls! (AKA Croquetas de Setas en el Estilo de Cúrate!)

I love balls! Meatballs, hushpuppies, fritters, falafel, doughnut holes… dippin’ dots… even gum balls, atomic fire balls, and other ball-shaped sweets, snacks, bites, and bits. Gimme a ball that I can put in my mouth, and I’m happy. True story,  you can ask my mom, the first word I ever said in my life: “Ball!” And yes, Wiseguy, I have[Read More…]

by March 31, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
TASTING TABLE: Dim Sum School with Mary and Steve at Red Ginger

TASTING TABLE: Dim Sum School with Mary and Steve at Red Ginger

In this installment, Stu tries a chicken foot.

by March 29, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

EAT OF THE WEEK: Southern Comfort for Breakfast

Not that kind of Southern Comfort, Numbskull. No no no, I’m not talkin’ about the sweet, sweet… sickeningly sweet… alcoholic beverage long-popular with America’s under-aged drinkers [ LINK ], I’m talkin’ about the kind of pure emotional comfort that I feel when I tuck into a really effing good, hot, fresh, hearty, wholesome dish of Southern cooking! Fuck, yeah. When[Read More…]

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

STRAWS SUCK! Turtles Hate Them, and You Should Too

You saw that turtle video, right?

Asheville Sandwich Report: Revisiting Old Favorites and Making New Friends

Asheville Sandwich Report: Revisiting Old Favorites and Making New Friends

Gosh, I love a good sandwich… Y’know who makes a good sandwich, dontcha? CITY BAKERY. Yeah they do. It had been a long-ass muhfuckin’ time since’t I tucked into a good ol’ fashioned City Bakery sandwich, but recently I’ve been going back to this ol’ favorite eatery of mine a little more often, and I think that’s partly because I’ve[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Mussel Goo and Mirepoix

EAT OF THE WEEK: Mussel Goo and Mirepoix

You may have noticed… I eat a lotta food. Well, actually, I probably eat as much food as anyone else, maybe even a little less than some people — because I’m very small — but I do go out to eat a lot, and I take and post a ton of pictures of what I eat, so you may have[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

EAT OF THE WEEK: Meatballs on the Rooftop

Best Bread, Best Views, Great Balls of Bison! Last week I wrote the first installment of a new feature here on Ashvegas that I’m calling “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” [ link ] and I went on and on and on and ON about how much I love a particular kind of bread being made by Chef Kaley Laird of The[Read More…]

Asheville Sandwich Report: Lexington Corner Market takes it to another Level with bread from The Rhu

Asheville Sandwich Report: Lexington Corner Market takes it to another Level with bread from The Rhu

Seeking sandwiches, excellent bread required.  Bread is bread, right? WRONG! Oh my god. So fucking wrong. What planet do you live on? Some bread sucks, some bread rüles, and gott-dang it, one particular kind of bread being offered in this city is so amazing, that when Rebecca Hecht, co-owner of Lexington Corner Market dropped me a note letting me know[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Gotta Go Get a Bulgogi Bibimbap!

EAT OF THE WEEK: Gotta Go Get a Bulgogi Bibimbap!

Daily food intake is a requirement of my continued existence.  Okaaaay… So, despite the fact that reality seems to be upside-down and inside-out, and facts are no longer facts, and I found out that there are people in this world who chew and swallow 35 pieces of gum… every day… before noon [ link ]… and that makes me wanna[Read More…]

by February 8, 2017 6 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

EAT OF THE WEEK: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

Stu says Red Ginger’s Szechuan wontons were so good, that they’re bound to become one of his favorite dishes for lunch.

by February 2, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink
EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

EAT OF THE WEEK: It’s Hot, It’s Brown, It’s Asheville Hot Brown!

Hot Brown is the Description that’s also a Dish. I absolutely love that there’s a traditional plate of food which is actually, officially, hilariously named “hot brown.” I love it for so many reasons. Let’s leave aside any obvious comparisons to a “dutch oven,” a “philly steamer,” or a “rusty trombone.” …yeah, no, let’s not bring up those things at[Read More…]

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

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