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For our return drive from Emerald Isle, NC to Albuquerque, NM, the Film & Food fam decided to spend the first night in Asheville again. Even though we could have driven more miles and made better head-way into the grueling drive home, the fam loved the city of A-ville so much we felt it worth another visit.

When walking through the Shop and Dine district on our previous visit, we passed by Strada Italiano and were halted in our steps by the appetizing aromas wafting through the air.  But on that day, our teen wasn’t in the mood for Italian food so we ended up at LAB (read our review here).  This time, however, we all wanted to discover what had smelled so appealing and made our way to Strada.

Start your meal off right with one of the fresh breads, baked daily and also for purchase. (Discount if you are also dining) Please excuse Mr’s un-manicured nails in the pic below. Our excuse: we were traveling.

Home-made bread with red peppers and the obligatory oil, vinegar, and herb concoction

 

Pepperoni pizza for the TeenGirl

We have a local place here in ABQ which we love (shout out to DaVinci’s Gourmet Pizza!) and TeenGirl said this pizza was even better. That is high praise because DaVinci’s is pretty amazing.  She had two slices left which she took back to the hotel and enjoyed for her “midnight snack.”

Penne with bolognese of beef, pork, and veal. Also a side of sausage. Meat!

 

Bistecca with chianti reduction, potatoes, garlic spinach, and cannellini

The focus here is on local, seasonal food.  Strada Italiano, open since March of this year, already has garnered a large local and tourist following due to the consistent adherence to “going green.” While you are there, check out the bamboo flooring. And sit in Alyssa’s section. She’s an awesome person and a fab waitress! <waves at Alyssa>

Strada Italiano

27 Broadway, Asheville

(828) 348-8448

 

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On Lexington Avenue, in Asheville’s “Shop and Dine” district, you’ll find more than 30 businesses all packed in one tiny area. It’s busy and lively but if you need to sit with a beer and take in the local foot traffic or relax after a day of shopping, we found the perfect spot: Lexington Avenue Brewery or LAB, as the locals term it.

Live music in the evenings draws the crowd when the sun goes down but during the day, pick a table on their outdoor patio facing the street. It’s great for some prime people-watching!

French dip with house-roasted sirloin, creamy horseradish, and au jus

 

Chicken fingers and hand-cut fries for the young one

 

3 appetizer special: meatball slider with onions, creamy corn chowder, and strawberry/arugula/ almond salad

 

Be sure to sample their hand-crafted beers. Keep track of your favorites on their interactive website.

39 N. Lexington Ave
Asheville, NC 28801

828.252.0212

 

 

Lexington Ave Brewery (Lab) on Urbanspoon

While traveling from New Mexico to North Carolina, Film and Food stopped off in Asheville overnight.  Thanks to the concierge at our hotel, we ended up at 131 Main for dinner.  Located in the up-scale Biltmore Park Town Square, the attention to detail and presentation, excellent service, and the top-notch fresh food set this restaurant apart.

After our long drive, a dirty martini really hit the spot!

Who gets the last grilled artichoke?

 

Roasted chicken, smashed red potatoes, and demi-glace

 

Simple but flavorful cucumber salad

 

Marinated steak and hand-cut fries for the teen in your party

 

meatloaf, smashed reds, and shiitake/stroganoff gravy

 

Fabulous kale salad, a welcome sight after three days of travel

 

131 Main’s Facebook page will inform you of current specials and events. If you live in Asheville or are traveling through as we were, this is a must-visit restaurant. There are also three other locations in North Carolina to boost your opportunities of trying their dishes for yourself.

 

131 Main on Urbanspoon

Last month, Film and Food were honored to help in the friendly judging at the A-City Summer Jam. Jojo, of Jojo’s Salsa Machine and Duke City Food Trucks, organized a fiesta truck pod at the far end of the event space at Balloon Fiesta Park.

A-City Summer Jam 2012

 

We had a chance to chat with Jojo as he was preparing for customers. Did you know he buys all the meats for his dishes at a local butcher? Good to know for you slow-fooding locavores.  Also, stay tuned for a new menu set to roll out soon!  But don’t worry. All your old favorites are still around.

Jojo from Jojo’s Salsa Machine

Fresh tomatoes ready for slicing

Want fries with that?

Ready to make your burgers!

 

We joined Alejo from Party NM as we waited for each food truck to bring us what they considered their best offering of the day. First, we had some authentic Mexican tacos from Sanchez Tacos.  Made with tender carne asada and topped with cilantro, onions, lime, and your choice of homemade green or red chili, these tacos quickly scored high points with the judges. Each of the Sanchez Tacos food trucks make their chili fresh daily.

Traditional Mexican tacos from Sanchez Tacos

Extreme close-up

Carlos Sanchez has four food trucks at various locations around ABQ. You can find Carlos himself in front of Fair & Square Market at the corner of Rhode Island and Central.

One of the Sanchez Tacos food trucks

A working family

Earlier, while getting the lay of the land, Film and Food ran across Shay Patchell, of The Chopping Block.

The Chopping Block

 

Shay Patchell delivers his beer-battered asparagus

We were eyeing the fried asparagus so that was the dish he prepared for the panel.  Fresh asparagus spears in a light beer batter flavored with red chile and topped with sea salt, lemons, and fresh parsley. Delicious!

Delicious!

Check out this burrito from the Pink Ladies! They make their own pink tortillas and stuff them with carne asada, green and red chile, lettuce, cheese, rice, beans, and chopped onions.  These things are enormous and quite filling. The Pink Ladies know how to do it right!

Thank YOU, Pink Ladies!

pink burrito

Look for the Pink Ladies

 

Pizza 9 was there too so we decided to try their deep-dish pizzas to take advantage of the opportunity. The thick crust was not doughy as expected but buttery and crunchy. Here’s a picture of their sausage Chicago-style pizza:

Pizza 9

Look for Pizza 9 in various locations around ABQ

 

And the winner of the food truck pod fiesta was Joanie & Art’s Smoke Style BBQ.

Smoke Style BBQ at its best.

Art gave us chicken, ribs, sweet and saucy sausage and “that there stuff” which was a mix of beans, potatoes, BBQ sauce, and green onion.  The meat had a wonderful smoky flavor which wasn’t overpowering but instead balanced.

BBQ!

that there stuff

Art with his winner’s cap from Film & Food

smoky BBQ

Find Art’s blue truck and get some BBQ!

 

Film & Food had a blast and now have some new favorites around town.  Maybe we’ll see you at one of these local food trucks for dinner!

 

 

 

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