Asheville food and drink

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: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

EAT OF THE WEEK: Wonton over the line, sweet Jesus

Stu says Red Ginger’s Szechuan wontons were so good, that they’re bound to become one of his favorite dishes for lunch.

by February 2, 2017 2 comments Asheville food and drink
Asheville writer co-authors new book delving into secrets of restaurant success

Asheville writer co-authors new book delving into secrets of restaurant success

Asheville author Joseph D’Agnese has teamed up with entrepreneur/software developer Damian Mogavero to write book that delves into the secrets of restaurant success. In The Underground Culinary Tour: How the New Metrics of Today’s Top Restaurants Are Transforming How America Eats, D’Agnese and Mogavero take readers inside kitchens and eateries “to show us how data and statistics are helping restaurants stay profitable[Read More…]

French Broad Chocolates celebrates 10th anniversary with party at Asheville factory

French Broad Chocolates celebrates 10th anniversary with party at Asheville factory

The Jan. 29 party goes from 3-6 p.m. at its chocolate factory on Asheville’s South Slope.

by January 24, 2017 0 comments Asheville food and drink
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…]

Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

Roots run deep at Yancey County’s first craft brewery, Homeplace Beer Co.

John Silver hopes to begin serving beer in downtown Burnsville this spring.

by January 18, 2017 4 comments Asheville beer, feature
2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 4: “People, Places, Things” Asheville’s Best Chefs, Servers, More!

“Best” is Such a Loaded Word… I like to use the term, “of The Year,” rather than “Best” when it’s time to hand out Stoobie Awards to the people that I meet and engage with along the way in the Asheville Food scene. When it comes to “Chef of the Year,” for example, I factor in a lot more than[Read More…]

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 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

2016 STOOBIE AWARDS, PT 2: “3 SQUARES (+1)” Asheville’s Best Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch

Stoobies Part Toobies… Hey-ey! Welcome back to the annual Stoobie Awards, Asheville’s most… um… Prestigious? Meaningless? Somewhere inbetweeningiest… culinary awards! The Stoobies are given out once a year by little ol’ me, Stu Helm, and nobody else.  This is Part Two, in which I will dole out awards for the best places to get breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and of[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…]

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
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…]