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Weekly Scoop (Feb. 25-March 3) - Stu Helm Food Fan Gets Caught In a Delicious Lobster Trap

Dig This... with Stu Helm

A quick peek into the life and times of Asheville's No. 1 food fan.

One of my professional goals for 2019 is to eat at The Lobster Trap more often. It is such a rare gem — and a completely surprising venue to find way over here in the mountains of Western North Carolina — and I want to take advantage of the fact that it even exists as much as I can before I leave this mortal coil.

If you’ve never been to the The Lobster Trap, get on down. And if you’re like me who doesn't get there as often as you’d like to, step up your game. You don’t want to be lying on your deathbed, decades from now, wheezing out your last regret, “I should have eaten more lobster...” Hell no. Not me. I ain’t goin’ out like that.

One thing about The Lobster Trap is that it ain’t cheap. I can’t go daily, and unless your last name is literally Moneybags, you can’t either. But  that doesn’t mean I won’t spend the very last dollar in my pocket on lobster though — or shrimp, or oysters, or crab legs… yerp.

I wish I could just sit and eat my way through all of the world’s oceans at The Lobster Trap. I love it that much. And not fer nuthin’, I’m from New England. I was born in a small fishing town no less, and my very first food memories are of eating lobster. #truestory So this particular restaurant very much represents and reflects my own personal, cultural, culinary background and upbringing. All y’all have your pimento cheese, pork belly and slow smoked what-nots, which I also love of course, but when it comes to a basic lobster roll, I got this.

The lobster roll at The Trap is exquisite. Lots of pure lobster meat, tossed in a very light dressing and served on a delicate, delicious, locally made Geraldine’s Bakery brioche roll. That’s what’s up right there. No celery, no deep fried stuff and, for the love of all things holy, no onions. It also comes with a cup of clarified butter and some potato chips.

I’m not a purest by any means, but there is something beautiful about the very simple, no nonsense roll at The Trap. 

I grew up eating $5 lobster rolls served on trashy hot dog buns from road-side clam shacks and super-busy waterfront restaurants where the servers were mean. Those days are long gone, but at least I can and will get myself into Asheville’s own Lobster Trap as often as possible to truly enjoy the very authentic flavors of the sea that I remember so fondly from my former life as a New Englander.

Find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from The Lobster Trap by checking out their Dig Local Profile.

Below you will find one locally curated Scoop chosen for each day this week — but make sure to check out all the Scoops this week on our Dig Local Scoop Calendar.

Monday, Feb. 25

Freedom Train
at Diana Wortham Theatre
Join Harriet Tubman, one of history’s bravest figures, on her heroic journey through the American South in this performance featuring music and dance of the past.
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Check out the rest of Monday’s Scoops here.

Tuesday, Feb. 26

The Westy Welcome
at Nantahala Brewing
To show their love for West Asheville, Nantahala Brewing has what they call the "Westy Welcome" on special every Tuesday — 1/2 off burgers and $4 pints!
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Check out the rest of Tuesday’s Scoops here.

Wednesday, Feb. 27

Homeschool Spring Semester Begins!
at Asheville Museum of Science

Perfect for elementary aged learners, this signature Semester of Science at AMOS is a 4-class series that meets for an hour and a half every month.
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Check out the rest of Wednesday’s Scoops here.

Thursday, Feb. 28

Beer Pairing Dinner
at Twisted Laurel

For the kick-off to this new dinner series, enjoy 4 courses paired with 4 delicious beers from Boojum Brewing Company.
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Check out the rest of Thursday’s Scoops here.

Friday, March 1

at Urban Orchard South Slope

Join 103.3 Asheville FM at one of the best dance floors at Urban Orchard and move to the rhythms of cumbia, salsa, bachata, merengue, reggaeton and more.
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Check out the rest of Friday's Scoops here.

Saturday, March 2

Storytime Shenanigans with Ingrid
at Baked Pie Company

Kids ages 4-12 can participate in songs, improvisation games and interactive story telling with Ingrid — a professional actor/singer who teaches improvisation and who has a love for children. Laughter and fun guaranteed!
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Check out the rest of Saturday’s Scoops here.

Sunday, March 3

at Asheville Community Theatre
Sunday is your last chance to see "Footloose" at the Asheville Community Theatre — there are also still tickets left for performances on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. This musical combines songs from the hit 1984 soundtrack with dynamic new songs!
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Check out the rest of Sunday’s Scoops here.
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