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Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 3: So Many Burgers!

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I’m going rank each burger as I eat them, from BEST to[Read More…]

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey Part 2: Fitting In with Others

The AUX Bar burger ranks at the very top of Stu’s survey for this month.

by March 27, 2018 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

Stu Helm’s 2018 Asheville Burger Survey: Best and Worst So Far

I’m a well known burger fan. I eat a lot of burgers. Burger me. Gim burg. My current plan — don’t tell my doctor — is to eat all the burgers. Last year (2017), I began burger-binging my way through downtown Asheville, eating them here, there, and everywhere. I went to all of my favorite places of course, as well[Read More…]

by February 27, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Stu Helm: Eating Lap Cheong & Country Ham at Buxton Hall’s Punk Wok Pop-up

Sometimes, I get Invited to Dinner. I Rarely Say No. Recently the nice folks from Buxton Hall Barbecue reached out to me, and invited me to attend one of their “Punk Wok” pop-up dinners. I had been to several of these in the past, and they rüle, so true to form, I did not say no. The reason for the[Read More…]

by February 7, 2018 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

REVIEW: Vivian, Asheville, Serious French Food in The River Arts District

Vivian offers Asheville serious French food in The River Arts District VIVIAN EST BON COMME IL SE FAIT, YO (VIVIAN IS AS GOOD AS IT GETS, YO) That’s it. That’s it right there. Vivian is as good as it fucking gets. I can’t say much more than that. I’ve been there a lot since they first opened their doors in[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 2: THE SPECIFICS

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART II THE SPECIFICS Are you as ex-fucking-cited about part two of these dang Stoobie awards as I am?!? Yeeeeeah, Baby! Last week I posted part one HERE on Ashvegas, and when I shared it on Facebook, and it got a ton of reach — organic reach — so the excitement is at a fever pitch,[Read More…]

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 STOOBIE AWARDS! Best of Asheville Food Scene pt 1: SUNRISE / SUNSET

2017 BEST OF ASHEVILLE PART I – SUNRISE SUNSET Yeah, Man! Stoobie Awards time! It’s one of my favorite / least favorite series of posts to write every year, because awarding “Bests” to the friends, acquaintances, associates, and even casual strangers that I know in the local food industry is fun and satisfying of course, but it is also fraught[Read More…]

EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

EAT OF THE WEEK: Ugly Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” at Rosetta’s

Ugly but Lovable Vegan “Cheese” “Burger” from Rosetta’s Kitchen I’ve been eating a lot of burgers lately. Like, a LOT of burgers. I’m doing a “survey” of sorts, just for my own personal information, of all the basic cheeseburgers in downtown. So far — and this is all in just about two or three weeks — I’ve had cheeseburgers from[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! THE STOOBIES ARE COMING! 2017 “Best of Asheville” Awards!

YASSSS! It’s that time again! It’s that magical time of year when a jolly old elf, with a big, fat belly made outta jelly, comes with a sack full o’ gifts for all the good people of the Asheville food scene! I am of course referring to myself, and the now infamous annual STOOBIE AWARDS, my yearly list of the[Read More…]

by December 7, 2017 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Stu Helm’s Asheville Advent Calendar of 25 Downtown Sweet Treats!

Downtown Asheville Advent Calendar of Daily Sweet Treats! Okay, first things first, this is not an ACTUAL advent calendar of downtown Asheville sweet treats. It’s just a list. You’ll have to use your imagination, to envision awwwll of downtown Asheville as one big, giant, three-dimensional advent calendar, and that the actual physical doors of the restaurants, bake shops, cafes, and[Read More…]

by December 1, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

EAT OF THE WEEK: Don’t Panic, I’m Just Here to Eat a Reuben for Lunch.

“DON’T PANIC. I’M JUST HERE FOR LUNCH.” Now that I lead food tours, there are certain restaurants where the staff might be triggered to panic when they see me walk in the door unexpectedly. Their first thought might go something like, “Oh fuck! Did I forget there’s a food tour coming?!?” Followed by “Holy shit, 16 hungry motherfuckers are about[Read More…]

by November 16, 2017 4 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Let’s Get Listy Wit It! Stu’s Top Ten Lunches in Downtown Asheville

Stu Helm’s Top 10 Lunches in Downtown Asheville Let’s Get Listy Wit It! The following top ten list includes places and items that I eat for lunch most often, places I think about eating lunch at more than other places, and a place or two I plan to eat more lunches at in the future. Of course, duh, I’m not[Read More…]

by November 3, 2017 3 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

EAT OF THE WEEK: Eating My Cake & Feelings at The Bar

“I HEARD YOU HAVE CAKE.” “Aw yeah, Man. We’ve got some amazing cake,” responded the bartender — quite enthusiastically — to my seemingly out-of-place interest in cake at the brewery. The two young beer enthusiasts sitting next to me looked over, a little curious, exchanging glances while the bartender confirmed the inevitable. “You want a piece of cake, Buddy?” I[Read More…]

by November 2, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

EAT OF THE WEEK! …or How I Ate the Ass-End of an Ox & Loved It!

First an apology… Ho-o-o-o-o-ly shiiiiiiiiiiiiiit, it’s been a long time since’t I wrote an “Eat of The Week” for you guys! It’s just that I haven’t eaten anything in weeks on end… just kidding.  But I haven’t eaten anything good in weeks and weeks… again, I kid.  Everything is business as usual, in the Stuffing-My-Face-With-Amazing-Food Department, it’s just that, well,[Read More…]

by October 13, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
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…]

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