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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
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
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
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
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
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
REVIEW: Bone & Broth on Charlotte Street in Asheville

REVIEW: Bone & Broth on Charlotte Street in Asheville

North Asheville has its English-style restaurant back, says Stu, who thinks locals will embrace it.

by September 2, 2016 0 comments Asheville food and drink, Reviews
REVIEW – Ivory Road in Arden: I’d Kill the Entire Planet for Two of Their Sandwiches.

REVIEW – Ivory Road in Arden: I’d Kill the Entire Planet for Two of Their Sandwiches.

LETS’ GO TO ARDEN! Hello Asheville! How ya been? I’m about fuckin’ ready for this Summer to be over, I’ll tell you what. Too fuckin’ hot. Brutal. Kill. Ing. Me. I want to kick the ass of every mutherfucker on the planet who ever contributed even one molecule of carbon monoxide to this catastrophic global warming bullshit that we’re in[Read More…]

by August 29, 2016 1 comment Asheville food and drink, Reviews
REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

REVIEW: OWL Bakery, Table Asheville, Gan Shan Station

OWL Bakery has an insanely cute interior design, says Stu, who offers his opinion on the eats, too.

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

REVIEW: The Montford Pull-Up Deli and Grill

The Montford Pull-Up is straight-up delicious.

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

A Month of Brundays – Part 6 – Brunch Cat Bobby Makes the Scene

JERUSALEM GARDEN • MISTY MOUNTAIN BAKESHOP AT SOVEREIGN REMEDIES • LOVE YOU A BRUNCH TRUCK AT OLE SHAKEY’S • INELIGIBLE DIM SUM IN FLORIDA   – by Stu Helm   Hello Asheville! Good lord! At this point in my brunch studies, I’ve eaten so many various brunches, at so many different places, that when I even hear someone say the[Read More…]

A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

A Month of Brundays Part 4 – Jazz, Blues, and a Bucket of Gravy.

THE IMPERIAL LIFE, KING DADDY’S CHICKEN AND WAFFLES, AND BUXTON HALL BBQ – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! You know what? The more I brunch, the more I love it. After four months of covering various brunches for Ashvegas, it has become my favorite meal of the week. I really look forward to it happening almost every weekend, and I[Read More…]

Caviar benedict

REVIEW: Eleven Madison Park restaurant, New York City

Note to trolls: Whenever you make a reservation at a 3-star Michelin-rated restaurant, they know you’re coming, no matter who you are.

A Month of Brundays Part 3 – Asheville brunch research continues

A Month of Brundays Part 3 – Asheville brunch research continues

Note from Stu: you don’t have to have a hangover to be part of the brunch club.

The front of this piece of cake looks like it crashed into an iceberg while crossing the Atlantic.

Review – Blackbird Restaurant Cake FAIL

COCONUT CAKE FROM BLACKBIRD. This piece originally appeared on my own blog, where it was so popular, I decided to share it with you guys on Ashvegas… Hello Asheville, I know you guys love it when I harsh-out in my reviews, because you tell me so. My scathing excoriation of The Glass Onion is the piece that more people mention[Read More…]

by February 22, 2016 12 comments Asheville food and drink, Opinion, Reviews
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.

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – Brunching in Asheville, part 2

ANOTHER MONTH OF BRUNDAYS – by Stu Helm Hello Asheville! I am not a fancy person, but I sure do like fancy eatin’. That being said… lehhht’s braaahhhhhnnnch! To me, eating brunch is like living The Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, which can get a little pricey, but if you play your cards right, brunch can also be a[Read More…]

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…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 8 – “A Bitter Pill”

Hello Asheville! The eighth and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chef Hollie West of The Sweet Monkey Bakery, who won the Chef’s Challenge at the Asheville Wine &[Read More…]

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Stu Helm & Chef Joe Scully: AVL Food Fans Podcast Episode 7 – “Penance and Cheesecake”

Hello Asheville! The seventh and latest episode of the AVL Food Fans podcast has been recorded, posted, and is currently available to listen to and download, and you can even get it for free from the iTunes store! As always, Chef Joe Scully is my co-host, and this time, our special guests are Chefs Mandy and Christopher Butler from 50/Fifty: The Art of Dessert, and they brought us[Read More…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 3: Bozen-Bolzano & Venice, Italy

Hello Asheville! How’s it hangi… oh wait, that’s not a polite thing to ask. Sorry. I’ll try again: How’s your whole (comedic pause) family? Good? Good. Mine too. We’re all very good in fact, thanks for asking. We’re settling back in and getting caught-up on work and school after our… whirlwind… family trip! That’s right… It’s #familytrip part three, Yo![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…]

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 2: Scotland and Scottish Food

Hello Asheville! Well, Summer is wrapping-up, winding down, moving on, and effing off for another year. I hope you had a good one! I did, that’s for sure, and one of the main reasons for my good Summer was the wonderful overseas vacation that I went on with 8 members of my immediate family. Also known as: #familytrip As I[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, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Stu Helm: Food Fan, Family Trip, Part 1, The Airport and Airplane Food

Being on a plane is like being in prison, where you gotta trade cigs for toilet wine.

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan on Episode 3 of AVL Food Fans Podcast w/ Chef Joe Scully

Stu and Joe interview Jennifer Lapidus of Carolina Ground boutique flour mill, and baker Laura Geotz of Table/Tod’s Tasties/ Imperial life.

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 The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Stu Helm: Food Fan, on The Big List: May 2015, and AVL Food Fans Podcast with Chef Joe Scully

Hello Asheville! Who likes lists? Lists are fun. Lately I’ve been keeping a list of ALLL the places that I eat at every month, and then posting my lists to FaceBook. This time around, I actually talked to Chef Joe Scully (from Corner Kitchen and Chestnut) about each and every one of the venues on my May List during the pilot episode of AVL Food Fans,[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…]

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

VIDEO Food Fans Habibi Artisanal Baklava: Sweet Eats for a Good Cause

I visit with Jennifer MacDonald from Habibi Artisanal Baklava, and Aimee Diaz from Bomba Cafe in Pack Sq., Downtown Asheville. Jennifer explains how profits from sales of her amazing baklava go to a non-profit that provides baskets of toys to refugee children in Lebanon… Part 1 – Meeting Jennifer, hearing the story of Habibi Baklava… _ Part2 – Meeting Aimee and tasting[Read More…]

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, 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.

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

Stu Helm: Food Critic, on Zambra, Vue 1913, Grove Park Inn and Asheville romance

The atmosphere at Zambra is one of its romantic bonfa fides: dimly lit with an “exotic” vibe, there’s usually some sexy Euro-lounge music playing softly in the background.