Small Bites

Burgermeister’s: Good news for football fans: Burgermeister’s in West Asheville is marking Monday Night Football with 50-cent wings and $5 buckets of beer. The wings are available in a range of homemade flavors, while the buckets feature four bottles of the best in tailgating brews: PBR, Miller High Life, Natty Light and Busch Light. The Monday special runs through Dec. 22. Call 225-2920 for more information.

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Baylee’s: Good news for hockey fans: Baylee’s Steakhouse and Sports Theater, which recently opened in the South Asheville spot vacated by The Original Steakhouse and Sports Theater, is screening NHL games on its 11 super-sized TVs. “Nobody does hockey,” says assistant manager Jamie Aynes. “We’re looking at showing some of the big fights too.”

While Baylee’s dining area is largely unchanged from its Original Steakhouse days, Aynes is quick to point out the kitchen has undergone a complete makeover.

“We have an in-house, full-time chef,” Aynes says. “As much food as we can get fresh, we make fresh. You’ll definitely see a big change in the food.”

According to Aynes, the now-defunct South Florida chain had acquired a reputation for mediocre fare. The folks at Baylee’s are trying to win back sports fans with quality steaks and Sunburst Farms trout.

“It’s more of a fine-dining experience now,” Aynes says. “Our servers are qualified and experienced.”

Baylee’s, 1636 Hendersonville Road, is open at Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to midnight; Friday to Saturday, noon to 1 a.m.; and Sundays, noon to 10 p.m. or, as Aynes says, “whenever the big game ends.” To learn more, call 274-6640.

Waynesville Chili Cookoff: Chili goes well with spaghetti, French fries and, apparently, art: The Waynesville Parks and Recreation Department has announced a combo pottery show and chili cook-off, scheduled for Dec. 13 at the Old Armory Recreation Center. Both amateurs and professionals are invited to enter two gallons of their best chili in the contest. The entry fee is $10. For a registration form, call 456-9207, or e-mail

West First Wood-Fired Pizza: Hendersonville’s West First, which serves some of the region’s best freshly made pizza dough and pastas, has added a slate of entrees to its dinner menu. The roster of new dishes include bronzed salmon, chicken and shitake Marsala and shrimp Provencale. West First is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 10 p.m. For more information, call 693-1080.

Xpress Holiday Guide: Dusting off the family cookbooks? Got a holiday dessert recipe to share? Xpress is planning to publish reader-submitted recipes in one of its upcoming holiday guides. Send your favorite holiday dessert recipes to or mail ‘em to Alli Marshall, Mountain Xpress, 2 Wall St., Asheville, NC, 28801. And if there’s a story behind the recipe, Xpress would love to hear it.


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