Asheville food and drink

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
White Labs plans to start Asheville yeast production in January

White Labs plans to start Asheville yeast production in January

A tasting room should be open to the public in spring 2017, the company says.

by December 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer, Asheville News
Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s BBQ now open in Candler

Doc Brown’s all over the place, as usual. Doc jumps from one topic to another, rapid-fire, as his thoughts race. In an hour-long conversation at his new 1320 Smoky Park Highway restaurant, Doc Brown’s BBQ, he muses on everything from contact theory to Candler’s gradual gentrification. He references the influence of Kitty O’Kelly, “the queen of Hominy Valley,” and ticks off the[Read More…]

by December 13, 2016 6 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
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…]

It’s all about brew education at AVL Beer Expo, set for February 2017

It’s all about brew education at AVL Beer Expo, set for February 2017

Look for educational panels, tastings and more at the second annual AVL Beer Expo, with tickets on sale now.

by December 6, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer
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
New restaurant alert: Star Diner in Marshall prepares to open

New restaurant alert: Star Diner in Marshall prepares to open

The restaurant landed the former executive chef at Tupelo Honey and stands ready to elevate this little mountain town’s restaurant scene.

by November 18, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink
Mountain Madre, Asheville’s newest eatery, features Mexican food with a twist, and tequila

Mountain Madre, Asheville’s newest eatery, features Mexican food with a twist, and tequila

Asheville’s newest local, independently owned restaurant is opening soon following a series of practice runs with family and friends.

by November 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
‘Taste of Asheville’ celebrates local independent restaurants Thursday

‘Taste of Asheville’ celebrates local independent restaurants Thursday

The theme of this year’s event is “Taste and Tunes,” with the Asheville Busker Collective providing musical entertainment.

by November 15, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink
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
AVL Informer: Carolina Beer Guy Tony Kiss talks Cold Mountain release

AVL Informer: Carolina Beer Guy Tony Kiss talks Cold Mountain release

Fans of the ever-popular beer were lined up at 10 a.m. on Wednesday to be some of the first to get their hands on Cold Mountain ale.

by November 11, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer
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
Frank’s Roman Pizza closes, ending 38-year run in Asheville

Frank’s Roman Pizza closes, ending 38-year run in Asheville

Frank’s first opened in Innsbruck Mall on Tunnel Road.

by November 1, 2016 12 comments Asheville food and drink
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
Lex 18 restaurant in downtown Asheville to close

Lex 18 restaurant in downtown Asheville to close

A new restaurant featuring Caribbean-inspired food is planned in its place at 18 N. Lexington Ave.

by October 25, 2016 2 comments Asheville food and drink

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