Asheville waiter spends Moogfest weekend doing what he does every weekend hating everyone
Oct29

Asheville waiter spends Moogfest weekend doing what he does every weekend hating everyone

ASHEVILLE- A combination of live music, costumes, drugs, and alcohol should be enough for even Droopy Dog to turn that frown upside down.   But for one Asheville waiter Moogfest was just another weekend at the Waffle House hating everyone including himself.   Billy Walker a long time employee of the Waffle House on 798 Brevard Road explains this past weekend is just one of many he will try to forget over a bottle of Jim Bean.   “How was my Moogfest experience? How do you think my experience was? I work at Waffle House,” said Walker.   “The only thing different about this weekend is there was a nice crowd of wannabe hipsters that came through the door. But Jesus how hipster can you be eating at the Waffle House? What you spent too much money on those testicle hugger pants to afford a real breakfast?  But don’t you worry about me I will forget everything about this weekend once I get to the bottom of this bottle.”   Walker then took a rather long drink from the handle of Jim Bean and leaned in.   “I had dreams once you know,” said Walker.   “My parents always pushed me you know. Go to college, they said. Find your passion and major in that, they said. Well I tell you what I will let you in on a little secret. Turns out majoring in Philosophy at Warren Wilson College is the exact educational experience you need to decipher drunken tongue at 2:00 a.m.”   Walker graduated from Warren Wilson in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. Walker has been a dedicated Waffle House server ever since.   Walker explains the Moogfest crowd was a little bit rowdier than the usual patrons the Waffle House gets Friday and Saturday nights.   “Yeah they were a little bit inebriated, but who really can enter the Waffle House sober,” said Walker.   “I’ve been working at the Waffle House for four years and I can’t remember the last time I was sober taking orders. But hey drinking on the job is practically in my job description. To understand a drunk, you must encompass a drunken lifestyle. I think Aristotle said that.”   Walker plans on spending the rest of the year trying to work his way up the corporate Waffle House ladder.   “I’m taking it one waffle at a time you could say,” said Walker.   The Waffle House was unavailable for comment. But the Bert’s chili consumed while waiting for comment was pretty tasty. Although Bert’s chili falls way short of the epic greatness that is Hormel’s...

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Asheville Pizza with attitude, Favilla’s calls for a throw down after loss in Xpress poll
Oct23

Asheville Pizza with attitude, Favilla’s calls for a throw down after loss in Xpress poll

Favilla’s failed to win the Mountain Xpress’s Best of WNC reader’s poll prize for best pizza, so they are asking for a throw down to prove that they are indeed the best pizza establishment in town.   A Letter to the Xpress: For the past several weeks, the owners, staff and customers of Favilla’s N.Y. Pizza have eagerly awaited the results for the Best of WNC pizza category. Admittedly, we were disappointed to not be named as a finalist. We do realize that many factors come into play whenever an online poll is conducted. It is hard to compete against any long-standing business within a community because name recognition tends to carry a lot of weight with voters. Recently Favilla’s was named Best Specialty Pizza in Asheville during the 2012 Pizza Showdown. This award was won on the quality of our food during a blind taste test. With a more level playing field our product was able to shine. We are confident enough in our product that we would like to propose an idea. The owner’s of Favilla’s N.Y. Pizza would like to challenge the top three winners of the Best of WNC pizza category to a taste off. We are asking Mountain Xpress to set up a judging panel to conduct a blind taste test of pizza from all four restaurants with the results to be published. In order to be truly called the best, you must compete with the best. — Jeanette Favilla Asheville   I love the pride Favilla’s have in their product.   This isn’t the first time Favilla’s have had a problem with a contest. Shortly after winning the Best Specialty Pizza in Asheville at the 2012 Pizza Showdown in August the following post appeared on Favilla’s Facebook page: We WON Best Specialilty Pizza in WNC, BUT I was told that we couldnt win Ist place 2 times, so the Peoples Choice we won, but they wouldnt give it to us. What do you all think of that? I am alittle upset about this, although in my hearts of hearts we won. I need some input.   Now many people would say something like, ‘be happy with what you already won.’ But I understand the desire to be the best especially when your livelihood/career rely on the reputation of your product.   We all know the Xpress’s Best of WNC poll is kind of a joke, especially considering Jersey Mike’s, a chain, wins best sandwich shop and one of the better sandwich shops in town Frank’s NY Deli doesn’t even get a mention. But I must say the three establishments Favilla’s lost to (Asheville Pizza and...

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Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen a gut buster I’ll go 12 rounds with
Oct19

Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole Kitchen a gut buster I’ll go 12 rounds with

I’ve wanted to try Mr. Frog’s Soul and Creole kitchen for a long time now. I finally had the opportunity this past week.   Right away when you walk into Mr. Frog’s makes you feel at home. The small space, combined with the décor and lighting made me feel like I was about to appreciate a meal from my momma. But momma ain’t got shit on Mr. Frog’s.   I ordered the Shimp and Living Grits with a side of Mac and Cheese.     The portions are huge and for a right price. You better brace your stomach for a prize fight. The Shrimp and Living grits set me back just $13.00.   The grits were creamy and provided a nice contrast to the spicy Tasso gravy. The gravy had just the right kick and the individual ingredients all were their own stars. The bits of ham….oh damn son! I’ve never tasted ham so good, almost better than bacon. The tomatoes provided a nice acidic burst of relief from the spices. And the shrimp wasn’t half bad either.     The Mac and Cheese was pretty tasty. But I could only take a couple bites because the Shrimp and Living Grits round house kicked my stomach.   You may leave Mr. Frog’s holding your stomach, but it will be one of the better pains in life. I can’t way until I get another opportunity to loosen the ole belt to take in Mr. Frog’s goodness....

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Charleston Tex-Mex restaurant Zia Taqueria considers leasing space at 521 Haywood Road, Asheville
Oct09

Charleston Tex-Mex restaurant Zia Taqueria considers leasing space at 521 Haywood Road, Asheville

From Zia Taqueria’s Facebook post in West Asheville Watch group: Considering leasing the space at 521 Haywood. Zia Taqueria Could be a great addition to the neighborhood! We serve a blend of regional Mexican, Tex-Mex, and New Mexican cuisine with a full bar specializing in fresh margaritas. Curios about what peoples thought are on this property and if they feel that Zia would be a good fit for the West Asheville community. Check out the Charleston location at: www.ziataco.com Thanks   The post started a very lengthy conversation about whether another Mexican restaurant on Haywood Road would be the right fit.   Zia posted a follow up to the conversation last night: Zia is finding this dialogue very interesting. It is great to see people excited about this and people who think something might be a better fit. This is the case with every new business that opens in any new location. Thanks again to everyone who has spoken up about how they feel.   Zia is rated No.3 in Cheap Eats in Charleston on Urbanspoon. The menu looks fantastic. What do you think about another Mexican restaurant in West Asheville? Surely it can’t be better than Bandido’s,...

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Day 2 of the diet lead to Treat Yo Self Tuesday
Sep28

Day 2 of the diet lead to Treat Yo Self Tuesday

I made it 24 hours, 24 fricking hours on a diet before I caved. If my diet was the three-date rule I would of gave it up at the opening of the car door.   Why did I break my diet?   Because it was Tuesday of course, silly.   Didn’t you know Tuesday is the day to break diets?   Tuesday was my day off, so I was like why not have some fun on your day off or Aziz Ansari would say, “treat yo self!”     Treat yo self meal one   I heard something about serving Texas style barbecue in a former radio station and of course I had to check that out. What impact would the strained air from the remnants of radio waves have on the brisket I wonder?   Hank’s is located in the back of Battle Cat Coffee Bar.   I ordered the chopped rib sandwich.     The sandwich is pretty tasty. The fresh red onion gives the BBQ a nice bite and at first from the looks of the sandwich you may think you may be eating a Sloppy Joe, but the chopped rib delivers.   I would prefer something else than potato chips as a side, but I will be back.   Personally I want to come back for breakfast. Hank’s serves breakfast daily and the Chili Relleno, roasted poblano pepper stuffed with cheese, topped with egg, ranchero sauce, avocado, and salsa intrigues me.       Treat yo self Tuesday wouldn’t be treat yo self Tuesday without dessert stupid   I figured I would stop by Short Street Cakes just for a mini cupcake. You know just enough sugar to appease the palette.   Unfortunately, the store attendant was on the phone, which left me staring at the cake case for a little too long.   So instead of a mini cupcake, I wound up walking home with a whole caramel chocolate chip cake.     Do I feel guilty about it?   Of course.   Do I regret it?   Hell no. I’ve had a piece every night to bury my regret deep inside my fat cells.   I hear it’s been a slow month for Short Street Cakes. Go do your civic duty to support local business and treat yo self to Short Street Cakes!       Treat yo self Tuesday comes to a glorious end   After taking my dog for an evening stroll in Carrier Park, I finished treat yo self Tuesday, with a visit to El Kimchi.     I order the Bulgogi Beef Rice Bowl, a bowl of steamed rice...

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