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Weekly Scoop (June 17-23) - The Best Shrimp Tacos? 🍤 🌮  And Lots of Great Stuff to do This Week.

Dig This... with Stu Helm

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

photo by Stu Helm on Instagram @stuhelmfoodfan

“This is the best shrimp taco I've ever had.”
— Paddy Riels, Asheville Food Tours


My friend Paddy and I eat a lot of lunches together, and we like to visit as many different places as possible, hitting up all the new spots, and of course, touching on old favorites and visiting our friends who work in the kitchens and dining halls all over Asheville. Last week, we went in to say hi to our buddy Chef Matt Grush, who recently took over the kitchen at the Grey Eagle Taqueria in the River Arts District.

I have been a fan of this funny little taqueria located inside of Asheville’s oldest live music venue for years, and have seen a few chefs & cooks come and go from the kitchen there, while the menu has remained consistent and solid. When I found out that Chef Grush is currently in charge, I was excited and curious and suggested to Paddy that we take a lunch-junket, which turned into two lunch junkets, which turned into plans to return as often possible.

Needless to say, we have been super impressed so far! On our first visit to see Chef Matt, I ordered, devoured, and then wrote about his daily special, a “Mexican BBQ” chicken taco, that I absolutely loved. On our second visit, I decided to go traditional with one borracho chicken taco and one carne asada taco.


Both tacos were pure perfection in my opinion. In fact, the carne asada was perhaps the best I’ve had in Asheville, in terms of the quality of the meat, and the way it was cooked medium rare on the grill. Cut into cubes larger than a sugar cube, but smaller than an ice cube, each piece had a very nice sear on the outside and was warm and pink on the inside. The beef was very tender, and delicious, the Mexican flavors were subtle, yet present. This was an excellent taco all around, as was my borracho chicken taco, which I found to be tender, juicy, and flavorful.

I enjoyed both of my tacos very much, but the big story here is actually how much Paddy enjoyed his shrimp taco. He. Raved. His face got all serious, and at first, I was, like, “Oh no. Not good?” But then he looked up at me and was all, like, “This is the BEST shrimp taco I have ever had.” Paddy doesn’t say stuff like that unless he really means it. I asked for one shrimp off of his taco, and yeah, it was fantastic. I will be ordering it the next time we go for sure.

For all of you, I highly recommend a trip to the Grey Eagle taqueria for lunch! Grab yourself any number of tacos, traditional or special, and with Chef Grush in the kitchen, “Grushin’ it” daily,  you will not be let down!

UPDATE: As I was writing this post, Chef Matt and Team Grey Eagle took second place in the 2019 Asheville Taco Takeover. Congrats to them!

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, June 17

Poetry and Art in the Garden, Vol. 1
with Regeneration Sation

Go share your story, poem, haiku or ballad with fellow artist souls. Not a poet? Create in your medium of choice! This is a great "safe place" to create, express, collaborate, share and be you. Invite your friends!
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More to do Monday

Tuesday, June 18

Painting and Pints
at Sweeten Creek Brewing
Get Your Art Buzz On at Sweeten Creek Brewing! No artistic talent needed, just the desire to have fun. You'll be guided step by step to complete your very own take-home masterpiece. The ticket price includes one free drink provided by Sweeten Creek Brewing.
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More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, June 19

Speakeasy Murder Mystery! 
at Antidote
Face it - you’ve been DYING to get away with murder!
There are ONLY 30 TICKETS available. $40 in advance ONLY. Includes one craft cocktail of your choice. This is an event like none other, and RSVP is necessary.

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More to do Wednesday

Thursday, June 20

Slightly Stoopid - Summer Vacation 2019

at Salvage Station
Slightly Stoopid with special guests Matisyahu and HIRIE. Limited $25 Early Bird tickets through the Slightly Stoopid fan presale using code 'VACATION' while supplies last. 'Stoopidhead' VIP package includes premium ticket, foil poster, beach towel, water bottle, early entry and more. Tickets: http://moremusic.at/StoopidSummer19_Jun20
Stoopidhead VIP: http://moremusic.at/StoopidVIP19_Jun20

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More to do Thursday

Friday, June 21

FREE -Downtown After 5 with Tameca Jones
at 100 N Lexington Avenue, Downtown 5 pm- 9 pm

Austin native, Tameca Jones’ powerful vocals fill the air. Her debut single, Hot and Bothered, has an old-school Motown vibe that makes the singer’s vocals shine bright.
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More to do Friday

Saturday, June 22

Exploring Appalachia Day Trip Package
with Hickory Nut Gap
Discover the beauty of the Appalachia’s both wild and rural.
8:30 am – 11 am Arrive at Chimney Rock State Park
11 am – 2 pm Lunch at Old Rock Cafe (at your leisure)
2 pm – 3 pm Animal Encounter
4 pm Arrive at Hickory Nut Gap Farm
4 pm – 5: 30 pm Guided walking or horseback riding tour
5:30 pm – 6:30 pm Plated Dinner and Drinks
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More to do Saturday

Sunday, June 23

Slow Crush Rooftop Brunch
at Highland Brewing

Treat yourself to the Slow Crush Rooftop Brunch at 10:30 am. This Rooftop Brunch is a choose-your-own-adventure, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord crafted by Chef Allen Dye of The Crest Center and Mark Conti of Highland Brewing Company.
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More to do Sunday
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