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Weekly Scoop (July 8-14) - A Quick Bite at Foggy Mountain Brewpub 🥪 Plus lots to do this week!

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A Quick Bite at Foggy Mountain Brewpub

Photo by Paddy Riels, Operations Manager, Asheville Food Tours

My friend and fellow food tour guide, Paddy Riels, and I recently popped into Foggy Mountain Brewpub right before leading our tours, just to grab a quick bite and go. Even though it was more or less packed when we got there, our minds were made up, so we grabbed a table and, boom! In no time at all a server was there, bringing water and such. Paddy and I made quick decisions and placed our order without delay: One smoky tomato Alfredo, and one Cuban sandwich, both to share.

Paddy and I soon realized that we had much less time than we thought we did, and our server, knowing we were planning to share our lunch and observing us nervously looking at our phones, brought the sandwich out first. Yay!

I am not an expert on Cubans, but this one was great in my opinion! 
It had all the right ingredients, no weird stuff that didn’t belong there, and was prepared just right as far as I could tell. Moist and flavorful, it was the right size and shape, and was pressed on the grill to give it a nice flat, crispy outer crust. Sometimes pressed sandwiches can be a little too hard on the outside, but that was not the case here; it was perfect. Paddy is more of a Cuban aficionado than I am, and he gave it the “One-eyed Paddy stamp of approval,” which is among his highest accolades. #truestory The Cuban also came with pita chips and beer cheese, and I confess that I could make a meal of the beer cheese alone. So good.

The smoky tomato Alfredo arrived quickly, and we tore into it like hungry jackals. Oh my gosh. What can I say? This dish is dreamy. It’s everything that I ever wanted from a plate of food. It’s large in size. It’s deep in flavor. It’s got cheese. And smoke. And chicken. It even has vegetables, like tomatoes, zucchini and such, so it’s healthy! Of course, everything is covered in cheese so this dish is rich, and heavy as can be, so show up hungry for this one. And for the love of your own sanity, do not think about the calories. Calories do not exist.

This lunch was delicious on all counts, and super-props to the kitchen, and our server for getting us fed and out the door so quickly. Paddy and I both made it to our tours with plenty of time.

Please pop into Foggy Mountain Brewpub on your own soon. It’s a fun spot that’s family friendly (we were surrounded on all sides), has great food, beer of course, and it’s a local favorite for sure!

Find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from Foggy Mountain Brewpub 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, July 8

RAD Working Artist Studio Stroll and Graffiti Art Park Photoshoot 
with Asheville Explore Tours
Take a different kind of gallery tour! Explore the finest street art Asheville has to offer at The Graffiti Art Park for incredible photoshoot opportunities courtesy of your tour guide, meet local artists, and duck into some hidden breweries.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Monday

Tuesday, July 9

Puzzled Pint
at Well Played Board Game Cafe
Calling all Jedis, Trekkies, and space cadets! Grab your crew and a few pints, and gather 'round the gaming table for a social puzzle solving event of galactic proportions, because this month's theme is the Space Age!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, July 10

Wednesday Burger Special
at Laughing Seed Cafe

Jonesing for a healthier burger? Snatch up a $12 Veggie Burger, or a $15 Smash Burger - fries and draft beer included!
More details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, July 11

2nd Annual NC Fine Wines Dinner
at Posana

Wine and dine with a six-course menu, paired with wines crafted in our beautiful state of North Carolina.
Tickets and more details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, July 12

Brews & Bears 
at WNC Nature Center
Bites, beers, and bears! Oh my! Get up close and personal with the resident black bears while enjoying food trucks, drinks, and music. $8 for members; $10 for non-members.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, July 13

Punk Rock Hot Dog Challenge
at The Asheville Masonic Temple

Punk's not dead! Join Stu Helm and experience a hardcore hot dog making competition with crazy combos and punk rock music for this epic one day event.
Tickets and more details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, July 14

Chair Massage in the Meadow
at Highland Brewing Company
Join Lotus Massage for some relaxing massage therapy with Chalwa on Reggae Sunday from 12-8pm.
More details.
More to do Sunday
For all of this week’s Scoops and more, visit DigLocal.com or download the Dig Local App. Keep digging local!