Cafe Azalea brunch
Jul03

Cafe Azalea brunch

If you want to skip the long lines for brunch at Sunny Point, Early Girl, or Tupelo Honey, an adequate substitute for a hearty brunch is Cafe Azalea.   The Citizen Thymes dropped in for a birthday brunch Saturday. The service was very attentive and the food came out quickly.   I had the Huevos Sabrosos (fried eggs and natural chorizo over Anasazi beans and blue corn tortillas with chimichurri, crema fresca, grape tomatoes and cilantro) with potatoes as a side.     Cafe Azalea uses local cage free eggs in their dishes and the rest of the ingredients in this specific dish were super fresh. The portion size was large and overall the Huevos Sabrosos rocked.   If you don’t want to wait in line at the other popular brunch establishments or you find yourself in East Asheville, you should definitely check Cafe Azalea...

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Pop-up Asheville restaurant cooks food on asphalt parking lots over record hot weekend
Jul02

Pop-up Asheville restaurant cooks food on asphalt parking lots over record hot weekend

ASHEVILLE– The local food scene has really embraced farm-to-table dining.   One entrepreneur however, thinks street-to-table dining may be Asheville’s next fad in food.   Andy Bevridge, a 26-year-old chef, whipped up dishes on the hot asphalt of a mostly empty Patton Avenue K-Mart parking lot Saturday.   “This is a very exciting time in Asheville dining, first food trucks, now asphalt cuisine,” said Bevridge.   “The idea started when people started saying ‘It’s so hot you could cook an egg on the sidewalk.’ And I said why not?”   Bevridge, a culinary graduate of McDonalds’ Hamburger University, has been a star of the Asheville food scene working as a chef at Sonic, Wendy’s, and even did a one-year apprenticeship under the Chihuahua at Taco Bell, learning how to prepare non-authentic Mexican inspired cuisine. Beveridge hopes his asphalt pop-up will make people more aware about how their dining choices impact the environment.   “My method of cooking is clean as a whistle because it just utilizes the sun,” said Bevridge.   “Other restaurants in town are powered by coal-powered power plants, which release CO2 in the atmosphere. CO2 causes global warming, which has been causing these record hot temperatures we’ve been having.”   Beveridge plans to be dishing up his signature dish of black scrambled eggs every time the day’s temperature surpasses 96 degrees, which he expects to happen more often in the future due to global warming.   But one of Beveridge’s customers doesn’t think asphalt-to-table dining will take off.   Tom Stern, a 38-year-old Asheville resident, who camped out at K-Mart all day Saturday to escape the heat of his non air-conditioned apartment, tried Beveridge’s black scrambled eggs.   “The eggs tasted like shit,” said Stern.   “They weren’t even cooked all the way through and let’s just say the dirt on the street is not a substitute for pepper. I appreciate what he is trying to do for the environment, but somebody needs to call the health department.”   The Buncombe County Health department is currently investigating the matter.   “What they need to be doing is investigating those coal plants,” said Beveridge.   “My food doesn’t contain any more carcinogens than those coal plants emit into the atmosphere.”   Weather permitting, Beveridge plans on setting up his restaurant next weekend at the K-Mart parking lot on Hendersonville Road.   “You can always plan on K-Mart parking lots being mostly empty,” said Beveridge.   For more information on asphalt-to-table dining or where Beveridge will be next, click...

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Angelo’s Pizza
Jun29

Angelo’s Pizza

If you are in the mood for quick and tasty delivered pizza Angelo’s Pizza is for you.   Angelo’s always delivers in a timely manner and the food comes to your door piping hot. Angelo’s salads and pasta are wonderful, but the one item that gets my palette rocking is the Hawaiian Pizza.   The Hawaiian Pizza is decked out with cheese, bacon, ham, and pineapple. The sauce to crust ratio is perfect and Angelo’s seems to put a little bit more cheese on the pie than the other pizza places in town. Prices are moderate and there are always coupons on the back of their take out menus that never expire.  ...

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Rosetta’s Kitchen
Jun21

Rosetta’s Kitchen

I would normally categorize myself as a carnivore, but when my girlfriend expressed we needed to lose weight and needed to eat healthy, the first restaurant that came to mind was Rosetta’s Kitchen. I know, we are so dumb and you will especially see how well the diet is working out the next couple of weeks when the food posts are nothing but burgers and fries.   I ordered the Swiss Portabella Melt, grilled marinated mushroom with metled Swiss, grilled red onions, lettuce, tomato, and Veganaise on a house made whole wheat bun. I also added avocado to the fungi melt.     I don’t think becoming a vegetarian or vegan would be very hard, if I could eat this sandwich every day. I love Portabella mushrooms and this one was cooked to perfection. The avocado was a nice addition to the sandwich and I would recommend it. For dessert we split a raspberry chocolate Blondie, because we were just so good for lunch (eye roll).     This wasn’t our first time at Rosetta’s and it won’t be our last. Rosetta’s moderate prices and healthy dishes (It’s healthy right? It’s vegetarian after all? Right? Ugh..I need ice cream)  will have us coming...

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Tomato Cocina Latina
Jun19

Tomato Cocina Latina

I don’t get out to Westgate Parkway often, mostly because I’m too poor to shop at Earth Fare.   But a last minute Deal Chicken deal took me to Tomato Cocina Latina Friday night. I first made note to return to this establishment on either Tuesday or Thursday nights (I don’t remember) when apparently they serve margaritas for $1.99. Now that’s a drink special!   I ordered the Chille Relleno (a poblano pepper stuffed with sausage and cheese) served with fried plantains, black beans, and rice. The Chile Relleno was the best Chille Relleno I have had in Asheville. The plantains were sweet and delectable. Finally, I probably could of been satisfied with just the black beans and rice topped with avocado and pico de gallo for a meal, the combo was that flavorful.     Tomato Cocina Latina will have me coming back to Westgate Parkway, maybe they will even give me the courage after a few margaritas to talk to a rich Asheville hippy inside Earth Fare....

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