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Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Asheville Sandwich Report: Bacon, Cheese, Ham, Bacon, Turkey, Bacon, Chicken & Bacon

Bacon happens. A lot. Remember that time you gave up eating meat for a bunch of years? And remember how, when you finally started eating meat again, the very first thing you ate was bacon? And you were, all, like, “Holy fuck! Bacon! I love you! What the fuck was I thinking? I’ve missed you so much! Gah! Nom, glomp,[Read More…]

by August 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Best Shellfish Bowl Ever, The Junction, Asheville

Shellfish ain’t a hot dog. Last week, my Eat of the Week was a hot dog. [ LINK ] People like hot dogs. Hot dogs are super popular. Shellfish? Sure, plenty of people like shellfish too, but I’ll just put it like this: Hot dogs get a whoooole buncha more “likes” on social media than shellfish ever have or ever[Read More…]

by July 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK:  Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grass Fed Farm Dog, Farm Burger, Downtown Asheville

I’m a Simple Person. Gimme a hot dog, and I’m happy as fuck. My friends know that about me, and since they are my friends, they like to see me happy, so they often suggest that I eat a hot dog. Even my friends who can’t / don’t / won’t / would never in a brazillion years eat a hot[Read More…]

by July 19, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Asheville Sandwich Report: 67 Sandwiches, Chicken, Lamb, Beef, Turkey, Lobster, Jack Fruit & More!

Stu’s been eating a lot of sandwiches lately.

by July 6, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

EAT OF THE WEEK: These Mussels Were Smoky-Dokey!

Charred Things on the Deck… When the weather is nice in Asheville, it’s really nice, and that brings out the hippy-dippy-deck-diner in all of us. Who wants to sit and eat outside tonight? Raise your hands… oh… no… on second thought… put your hands back down… y’all been sweatin’… and there ain’t no amount of “Egyptian Goddess” scented oil gonna[Read More…]

by June 1, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

FANCY EATIN’! Early “Dinner of the Year Contender,” Local Provisions.

Getting to Knowww Youuu… I always say that liking the people who make the food I like, makes me like the food they make even more than I liked it before! This has never been more true than in the case of Local Provisions, owned and operated by Chef Justin and Brooke Burdett. I’ve been popping into Local Provisions once[Read More…]

by May 25, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

Asheville Sandwich Report: Around the World & Home Again in Asheville, NC

I may have overdid it on the sandwiches… Now that I write a sandwich report every month, I might be perhaps going a li’l cray-cray on the sandwich consumption. Everywhere I go, no matter how fancy or mundane the establishment, I’m like, “Gotta getta sandwich.” Cúrate: Gotta getta sandwich. Food truck at Foundy: Gotta getta sandwich. Pete’s Pies, where I[Read More…]

by May 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

EAT OF THE WEEK: Grandma’s Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel Buttercream Frosting

In Asheville, we call it CAAAAKE!!! Holy fuck, are you kidding me? You guys may or may not already know that 50/Fifty The Art of Dessert is the weekly “food sponsor” for my Food Fan Radio Show, which means that every Tuesday, Chef Mandy Butler whips us up something fancy and fantastic, and her husband Chris swings it by the[Read More…]

by May 18, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

EAT OF THE WEEK: Norwegian-American Ski Queen Cheeseburger

Ski Queen Me. I had a little time to kill so I decided to eat some cheese. I went to see Brenton Vasconcellos at the 5 Walnut Wine Bar’s Cheese Shop — because he’s a super nice guy, who is super enthused about cheese — and, as it turns out, I happen to be in exactly the right place, at[Read More…]

by May 8, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Asheville Sandwich Report: Grouben, Reuben, Wraps ‘n’ Blatz!

Nowadays, I Eat a Lotta Sandwiches… I’ll tell you what, when you write a monthly column called “The Asheville Sandwich Report,” you start getting a lot of sandwich recommendations! Ha! No joke. Everyone from my own mother, to good ol’ Duncan the Plumber has a sandwich or two in mind that they want me to try, so I’ve been trying[Read More…]

by May 3, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Asheville Sandwich Report: Döner, Shawarma, Pav, Pork Triple Threat & Fried Chicken on a Bun!

Asheville Sandwich Report: Döner, Shawarma, Pav, Pork Triple Threat & Fried Chicken on a Bun!

Ert’s Pernernced “Derner Kerberb…” Yeah, Americans and ümlauts.  We don’t quite know what to do with them. Who here pronounces the ümlauts in Mötörhead? Anyone? Anyone? Büeller? I didn’t think so. What about the word “döner?” As in: The Döner – Kebabs & Falafels, which is a brand new food vendor out there at The Asheville Mall on Tunnel Road[Read More…]

by April 14, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
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…]

by March 16, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Reviews
Emma’s Lounge love-bombs The Altamont Theatre

Emma’s Lounge love-bombs The Altamont Theatre

This is Emma’s Lounge, a magical place where everyone is accepted for who they are.

by March 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville Music, Reviews
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…]

Theater review: ‘The Submission’ a powerful, heartfelt production

Theater review: ‘The Submission’ a powerful, heartfelt production

Can a white man write authentically about black lives? Does a gay man’s experience of oppression equate to a black woman’s?

by February 16, 2017 3 comments Asheville arts, Reviews
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: 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…]

by January 19, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, feature, Opinion, Reviews
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 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…]

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