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Weekly Scoop (July 22-28) - Taco worship? Stu Helm goes to the Temple.🌮🙏 Plus lots to do this week!

Dig This... with Stu Helm


Photo by Stu Helm; on Instagram @stuhelmfoodfan

Last week I went with my girlfriend, Dawn, to visit Chef John Atwater’s Taco Temple up on North Charlotte Street recently where I enjoyed my tacos very much! For 8 years I used to live in that part of town, and I only wish that Taco Temple had been there the whole time. What a boon to the neighborhood!

Asheville has already been having a love affair with Chef Atwater’s Mamacita’s Taqueria on Biltmore Avenue for a decade and a half, so when he decided to open Taco Temple, there was much excitement. I think it’s fair to say that we have not been let down!

I ordered and ate two tacos on this visit: a “Santa Barbara” taco and a “Panela” taco. The flavor on both was outstanding! The Panela taco was particularly interesting to me because it is a taco that I had never tried before. Panela is a kind of fresh, white, Mexican cow’s milk cheese. For this taco it is sliced thick and cooked on the griddle until it’s a little crispy around the edges, and has that certain type of umami that only “burnt” cheese can produce! YUM! It was so perfectly salty and savory, and the texture of the cheese was nice and melty, but not all goopy and messy.  Roasted Poblano peppers, black beans, and pickled onions rounded out the contents of this really great taco.

The Santa Barbara taco was very tasty as well, with the main ingredient being ancho chili and brown sugar rubbed steak. Yeo. Kinda can’t go wrong there, especially because it was cooked perfectly with the steak being nice and tender, seared on the outside, and pink and warm on the inside. 

As for Dawn, she was in the mood for a margarita with her meal. She gave it the thumbs up!

I think it’s really nice for a neighborhood to have a wonderful venue with great food, a full bar, and in this case even a drive-through window! I’m kinda jelz that this Taco Temple wasn’t there when I lived up that way, but of course I’m psyched for my former hood, and I’ll try to get there as often as I can to grab a taco or two! 

All props and cred to John Atwater and his team for scouting out this fun location (in an old PURE gas station, once occupied by Two Guys Hoagies), and bringing more excellent dining options to North Charlotte Street!

Find all the food specials, new menu additions, events and more from Mamacita’s Taco Temple 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 22

Asheville Uprising: Energy Justice for North Carolina
at Salvage Station
Join neighbors and friends while enjoying arts, music, and stories as they protest the Duke Monopoly, and call for a just energy system that allows local communities to have a say in how and where their electricity is produced.
More details.
More to do Monday
Tuesday, July 23
Cajun Creole Jam
at Jack of the Wood
Stomp your feet with Trent Van Blaricom and other artists to music from The Big Easy while partaking in a $6 PBR + well shot, as well as 1/2 off bottles of wine!
More details.
More to do Tuesday

Wednesday, July 24

Yappy Hour at Daphne!
at Twisted Laurel Daphne
A $10 donation towards the Asheville Humane Society allows you and your canine companion to eat, drink, and get free TeaPet Herbal Tea!
More details.

More to do Wednesday

Thursday, July 25

Smoke Series: Ribs
at Chop Shop Butchery

Learn from the pros and master different tools and techniques that will elevate your BBQ game!
Tickets and more details.

More to do Thursday

Friday, July 26

Grateful Asheville Music Experience
at Pisgah Brewing
Free concert alert! G.A.M.E. (Grateful Asheville Music Experience) will feature Asheville artists celebrating the Grateful Dead and JGB with special guests and collaborations that bring you some of the best musical moments in the Asheville scene.
More details.
More to do Friday

Saturday, July 27

Kava Campout
with Instant Karma Asheville

Get your groove on at this year's Kava Campout featuring over 10 musicians, DJ's, a live painter, glass blowing, fire jam, yoga, sound healing, an outdoor movie, and more!
Tickets and more details.
More to do Saturday

Sunday, July 28

Shades of Rosé Gin Launch Party
with Cultivated Cocktails
Get dolled up in your most dapper 1920's-themed outfit, and join host The Urban Gastronome at the Smoky Park Supper Club's Boathouse to celebrate the newest release to the line of spirits by Cultivated Cocktails: Shades of Rosé Gin! Music, food, drinks, and prizes for the best dressed will be available!
Registration and more details.
More to do Sunday
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