Pictures of Asheville

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

DOUGHNUTTING: Doughnut Diplomacy with Bob and Rob from Mr. Bob’s

Everybody knows that Stu loves doughnuts.

HOT DOGS AND DOUGHNUTS: Happy Valentine’s Day, Asheville

HOT DOGS AND DOUGHNUTS: Happy Valentine’s Day, Asheville

Stu offers up the best in Asheville wieners and doughnuts just in time for Valentine’s Day.

Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

Stu Helm, AVL Food Fan: A Month of Brundays, or brunching in Asheville

It’s breakfast AND lunch, and Stu freakin’ loves it. Strap on a feed bag and come with.

Chicken, biscuit, gravy, eggs, cheese, and hash browns a la Mojo.

Asheville Bluegrass Brunch at Mojo Kitchen and Lounge

Hello Asheville, In my “Best of 2015” Stoobie Awards, I have listed three “brunches of note,” along with the winner for “Best Brunch 2015!” That high honor went to my friends at The Junction, with The Grey Eagle, and Buffalo Nickel also receiving the nod. In my piece I admit that I don’t eat a lot of brunch, because my[Read More…]

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Three

Stu picks his best Asheville restaurant of the year, names his best server of the year and much, much more.

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Best of Asheville – The 2015 Stoobie Awards – Part Two

Hello Asheville! Sacre bleu, c’est la Stoobies part deux! If you haven’t read part one yet you can do that HERE, and if you don’t know what the Stoobie Awards are… yeah, it’s all explained in part one and I don’t feel like repeating it here, so either go read that, or figure it out along the way. It’s not[Read More…]

New Asheville coffee spot, Edna’s at The River, how open!

New Asheville coffee spot, Edna’s at The River, how open!

Edna’s is part of the new Asheville Food Truck Park on Amboy Road.

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Stu Helm: Food Fan – I hEArT Buxton Hall BBQ

Hello Asheville! Okay, so what if I’m having a very public love affair with Buxton Hall Barbeque? So WHAT? Piss off. When love comes my way, I let it wash over me like a tangy vinegar sauce, smoke me all night long, and slow-cook my heart until it falls apart into pile of delicious… heart… meat… Okay that analogy got[Read More…]

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

VIDEO: Stu Helm The Food Fan visits Chef Ryan at Buffalo Nickel

Hello Asheville! It’s my favorite time of year here in WNC! Faaawwwlllll! Who doesn’t love Fall? Raise your hands if you love Fall. Now, raise your hands if you don’t love Fall. Those in group B, please leave the room. Idiots. What are you, Summer people? Go live on the Sun then. See what that gets you. I like cool foggy mornings, followed by cool crisp days, and[Read More…]

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Photo Gallery: AVL Food Fans at The Asheville Wine and Food Festival 2015

Hello Asheville! Here are just a few shots of some of the staff, volunteers, and attendees at the three major events that make up  the Asheville Wine and Food Festival: Elixir, Sweet, and The Grand Tasting. The women looked great, as usual. The men? Frump-dee-dump-dump (to the theme of TV’s Dragnet) for the most part. A few dudes looked okay,[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 5 – “Anthony is a Nice Guy”

Stu used to be a vegetarian once upon a time, but now he’s eating deliciously horrible stuff like veal.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Top 3 (okay, 5) Cheese Popcorn Snacks

If he’s in for one kernel, he’s in for the bag.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Hot Dogs

Hello Asheville! Do you guys like to do stuff? I like to do stuff. A lot of stuff. As a way to make money, occupy my hands, or just pass the time in a remotely interesting fashion, using the limited skills that I have, until I finally go belly-up and die. I like to write. About food and flip flops and such. I like to draw[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Fresh West, The Junction, Sovereign Remedies, Buxton Hall BBQ, Burial Beer Co., Asheville

Hello Asheville! Have you guys seen Mad Max: Fury Road yet? Dawn and I caught it on opening weekend, and to be honest, I don’t think we should have had to pay full price… because we only used the very edge of our seats!  Wakka wakka. On a more serious note: Holy crapperdoodles!!! Action? You bet! Explosions? Like, a million of[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on coffee, coffee, coffee, and men in Asheville

Stu goes off on coffee. As usual, beware the liberal use of four-letter words.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Red Stag Grill / Bohemian Hotel, Asheville

Hello, Asheville! How you doin’? Good? Good. I’m doing good too, thanks. In fact, I’m doing kind of awesome. I recently had a very amazing and unique experience. Unique to me, that is. I have a feeling that some of the other lucky people who had this experience with me were not as new to it as I was. I’m talking about my very first[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, is Confused & Amused by The Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Stu Helm: Food Fan, is Confused & Amused by The Asheville Wine & Food Festival

Hello Asheville! I am easily confused. Or, at least that’s what I tell people — mostly for comedy effect, and to be polite — when I don’t understand WTF they’re talking about. As in… “Chem trail Nazi Frankenstein bourgeois gangster world wide take-over, Maaan! Y’know what I’m sayin’?” “No, Friend, I don’t have a fucking clue what you’re saying… but then again, I am easily[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Asheville Wine & Food Festival, bitters and booze

Stu’s all over the place in this one, from blogging and bitters to Bill Cunningham. Check it, and beware the swear words.

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

Stu Helm, Food Fan: Mellow Mushroom wows crowd, judges at Carolina Mountain Cheese Fest

The Mellow Mush crew crushed it with their “French onion soup” grilled cheese sandwich.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on [Re]HAPPENING, Ultimate Ice Cream, Gypsy Queen Cuisine, Buxton Hall BBQ, Asheville

Hey ReHaps, you might want to add a food truck or two for next year.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Buffalo Nickel Brunch, West Asheville

Question: What, exactly, Stu wonders, is scrapple?

Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

Stu Helm, Food Fan: On Gan Shan Station, {Re}HAPPENING, Asheville

The dumplings and curry pork special were delicious, but please change the in-house tunes, Stu reports.

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on Punk Rock Sundays, balls, brains, and Asheville Industry Night

Stu asks: Are you punk enough?

Dude Food Subcategory: "Heart Attack Special." A fist-sized ball of meat, covered in meat-drippin's and Funyuns, on a bed of deep-fried taters, and asparagus. Fuck. Yes.

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Red Stag Grill, AIR Passport, Restaurant Week Asheville

Helm reports that he pounded back that meatloaf like a hungry Hessian.