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
New Imperial Cold Mountain highlights big Nov. 10 release in Asheville

New Imperial Cold Mountain highlights big Nov. 10 release in Asheville

This year is the 20th anniversary of Highland Brewing’s most sought-after seasonal.

by October 24, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer, feature
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
Food for flood relief: Asheville restaurants sign on to aid Eastern N.C.

Food for flood relief: Asheville restaurants sign on to aid Eastern N.C.

Celebrity Chef Vivian Howard, co-owner of Chef & The Farmer in Kinston, suggested the fundraiser in an email Thursday.

by October 21, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
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.

EAT OF THE WEEK! S.O.S. at The Tastee Diner in West Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! S.O.S. at The Tastee Diner in West Asheville

LOCATION, LOCATION, HOURS OF OPERATION. Time is such a funny thing. I never seem to have enough of it, and it’s always slipping away really fast. Like most people in Asheville, I’ve got three jobs, six hobbies, 2,000 friends, plus… gotta watch Gotham. Ugh. NO TIME! Can I freeze time forever and just smoke weed in a suspended state of[Read More…]

by September 30, 2016 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
The Southern Kitchen and Bar in downtown Asheville to change hands

The Southern Kitchen and Bar in downtown Asheville to change hands

The new owner plans to retain staff and continue to operate as is.

Mad Co Brewing, first craft brewery in Madison County, set for October opening

Mad Co Brewing, first craft brewery in Madison County, set for October opening

Brandon Edwards is the brewery owner.

by September 23, 2016 0 comments Asheville beer
EAT OF THE WEEK! 20 Year Calzone at Fresh West Pizza, Asheville.

EAT OF THE WEEK! 20 Year Calzone at Fresh West Pizza, Asheville.

A HUMBLE YET DELICIOUS CALZONE FILLS MY STOMACH COMPLETELY! They say it’s hard to get decent pizza in Asheville. Well, I say that anyways. And so does my mom, and so does just about anyone else who moved down here from up North, where there is an amazing family-owned neighborhood pizza-joint on just about every corner. I’m sorry, South. You’ve[Read More…]

by September 23, 2016 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! Salt & Smoke Saves the Day w/ Shrimp Dip & Mushroom Toast

EAT OF THE WEEK! Salt & Smoke Saves the Day w/ Shrimp Dip & Mushroom Toast

The food that comes out of this humble truck, bolted to the side of a brewery, in one of the most run-down parts of the city, is incredible.

by September 16, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville restaurants to vie for ‘best taco’ title at Grey Eagle event

Asheville restaurants to vie for ‘best taco’ title at Grey Eagle event

The event is set for Oct. 8.

by September 16, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink
11 new Asheville restaurants in the works, and 4 that just opened

11 new Asheville restaurants in the works, and 4 that just opened

White Duck Taco South, MOD Pizza, Bartaco and Asheville Tacos and Taps are just of the few of the restaurants in the works.

by September 16, 2016 11 comments Asheville food and drink, feature
A Month of Brundays Part 9 – Are You Ready to Fight? Are You Ready to Fight? C’mon, Get It On!

A Month of Brundays Part 9 – Are You Ready to Fight? Are You Ready to Fight? C’mon, Get It On!

AND IN THIS CORNER… THE REIGNING, DEFENDING, UNDISPUTED 2015 CHAMPION OF BRUHHHHHNNNCH… – Written & Illustrated by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! That’s right, I returned to the place where it all began: The 2015 Stoobie Award winners for Brunch of the Year, and current brunch-weight belt-holders, The Junction, which is located right in my own neighborhood of the River Arts[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK! Toad in a Hole WIN at The Rhu, Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK! Toad in a Hole WIN at The Rhu, Asheville

TOAD IN A HOLE & BREAKFAST SALAD AT THE RHU ON SOUTH LEXINGTON AVENUE IN DOWNTOWN ASHEVILLE IS A WINNER! Hello Asheville! This is just a real quick one to let you know about a delicious meal that I got sort of on a whim, and enjoyed tremendously! Ever since meeting Chef Kaley Laird at the Sweet event last month,[Read More…]

by September 9, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
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