2012 Asheville Iron Gut Challenge: Battle Hotdog
Aug08

2012 Asheville Iron Gut Challenge: Battle Hotdog

Now this is a food event I can get behind. I love watching grown humans stuff mounds of food down their face.   From the Facebook Event Page:   Do you have what it takes to reign supreme in Battle Hotdog? Sponsored by Eddies Dog House, the Asheville Iron Gut Challenge is an all out weiner war for bragging rights! The Winner takes half the Entry Fee Pot plus other cool prizes. Sign up today at either location of Eddies Dog House for your shot at gastronomical immortality!   Entry Fee: $10 in advance, $15 Day of the Event.   Where to Register: Eddies Dog House #1: 408 Old County Home Rd. Asheville , NC Eddies Dog House #2: 165 Smokey Park Hwy Asheville, NC   Event Location: 165 Smokey Park Hwy When: Saturday, August 18th, 2012 Time: 3pmThe Public is encouraged to attend for free and cheer on the contestants. Eddies Dog House will have food and drink specials for everybody in attendance.   If the Citizen Thymes twitter account reaches 800 followers or the Citizen Thymes Facebook page reaches 500 likes by August 18th I will personally enter the Iron Gut Challenge.  ...

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Asheville man submits picture of stomach as application to Mountain Xpress Food writer position
Aug06

Asheville man submits picture of stomach as application to Mountain Xpress Food writer position

ASHEVILLE- The Mountain Xpress has a big hole to fill after award winning food writer Mackensy Lunsford left the publication to take a position with the Citizen Times to be part of the new publication Asheville Scene.   But one local resident thinks he is big enough to fill it, figuratively and literally.   Eric Munson a 40 year-old Asheville resident hopes to catch the eyes of the Xpress hiring department with his stomach and let his writing examples do the talking later.   “The Xpress is probably getting bombarded with applications right now,” said Munson.   “I wanted to catch their attention with my seasoned belly. My belly shows it has been to war with the Asheville food scene and I have the scars to show it. They always seem to force their writers to try disgusting fair food and I think it is quite clear my belly can handle that.”   While Munson’s application is unique it might not be what the Xpress is looking for.   The Xpress’s job description read, “The right person will curate and write an engaging, vibrant and informative food section for our weekly print edition, write and curate online content (in addition to the weekly print section), and be active with social media, network within the local food scene and develop the connections necessary.”   However, Munson believes he meets all of the qualifications and his stomach makes him the right man for the job.   “I have all types of connections in the Asheville food community,” said Munson.   “For example, Susan the waitress at the Patton Avenue Denny’s and I are on a first name basis. Susan doesn’t even have to ask me what I want to order anymore. I get the Brooklyn Spaghetti and Meatballs every time, which knocks Chef Boyardee out of the water. Every time I eat the dish I’m transported to a small café in Italy in my mind.”   Munson is not new to food writing. Munson has written restaurant reviews for food publications such as Yelp and Urbanspoon. Munson is most proud of his review of McDonalds on Hendersonville Road, which he wrote in April for Yelp.   An excerpt of the review reads, “Not your typical McDonalds. When everyone working at the establishment is plus size you know the food has to be good. The food here is made with love. The Chicken McNuggets I ordered were juicy, almost as if they were marinated in the condensation dripping from the cash register attendant’s forehead.”   Munson has yet to hear back from the Xpress regarding his application. In the mean time Munson...

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One Stop Deli & Bar
Jul26

One Stop Deli & Bar

Fans of food porn will want to go ahead and like the One Stop Asheville Facebook page now.   The page posts some of the most mouthwatering inducing burger pictures I have ever seen and the page sucked me into their establishment last week.   I ordered the special burger of the day topped with fried leeks, tomato, lettuce, Swiss cheese, and garlic aioli.     This burger tastes like your back yard grilled burger except kicked up a notch. The meat is still the star but the fresh tomato, leeks, lettuce really compliment it. The house made potato salad I had also rocked. The potato salad was made with potatoes, eggs, bacon, green onion, mayo, and I think paprika.   One Stop delivers downtown for free, so perfect for those who work downtown. The nightlife is fun as well. I saw Kovacs and the Polar Bear there a while back and it was a blast.   One Stop is located at 55 College Street Asheville, NC 28801. 828-255-7777...

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Old School Subs & Salads
Jul25

Old School Subs & Salads

Tucked away in a hole in a wall shopping plaza near Biltmore is a sandwich shop that delivers, Old School Subs and Salads.   Old School Subs uses Boar’s Head meats and makes fresh homemade sides.   The seating is very limited with two tables inside and two tables outside, so plan to get your order to go. It appears a lot of people that work in the Biltmore area get their lunch here, because when I was there they were dishing up a lot of take out orders.   I ordered the 6 inch Blazing Buffalo Sandwich, a sandwich decked with chicken, pepper jack cheese, bell peppers, lettuce, tomato, and mayo. I also ordered the house made potato salad as a side.     The 6 inch is the perfect size sandwich for lunch with a side. The ingredients are fresh and the sandwich is rather simple, but satisfying none the less.   With moderate prices, if I worked around the Biltmore area this would be my lunch spot.   Old School Subs is located at 63 Brook Street Asheville, NC 28803. 828-277-7750...

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Kosta’s Kitchen
Jul24

Kosta’s Kitchen

Kosta’s Kitchen is a classic American diner.   The wait staff is friendly, attentive, and the food comes out quickly from the kitchen.   I haven’t tried anything from Kosta’s lunch menu but I adore their breakfast. Nothing is special on the menu, just good, hearty, cheap breakfast items.   The last time I dropped in I ordered the Greek omelet, an omlet loaded with feta cheese, Klamata olives, bell peppers, tomatoes, and ham. I love feta cheese and olives so this was the perfect dish for me. But if you are not a huge feta cheese fan you might want to ask them to go light on the cheese.     That bad boy is delicious!   Kosta’s is located at 1950 Hendersonville Rd Asheville, NC 28803...

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