Bum’s Restaurant, Ayden, North Carolina

I’ve never been to Bum’s.  It’s on the True ‘Cue list of North Carolina places that cook with wood, so it’s on my to-eat list, but it’s in the same town as the Skylight Inn, and just down the road from B’s and Sam Jones’. My nephew, Jimbo Tanner and his son, Jack (a.k.a. the new, much-improved John Tanner) stopped in while on a successful … Continue reading Bum’s Restaurant, Ayden, North Carolina

Archibald and Woodrow’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Archibald and Woodrow’s is an offshoot of the Archibald’s on Martin Luther King in Northport, a town that sits cheek by jowl with Tuscaloosa.  Archibald’s serves the best ribs in the world, and also world-class chicken.  It was founded by George and Betty Archibald in 1962, and grandson Woodrow opened Archibald and Woodrow’s in 2002.  Now there are two Archibald and Woodrow’s in Tuscaloosa, one on … Continue reading Archibald and Woodrow’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

The Oldest Restaurant in Each State

Here’s a list  offering the oldest restaurant in each state.  I’m saving it myself as a travel resource.  I’ve been to eight of them, and have a write-up of The Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama.   Eating at all 50 would be a nice project.  I certainly plan to eat at The Cattlemen’ Steakhouse in Oklahoma City again when we do our state capital walk on Oklahoma, … Continue reading The Oldest Restaurant in Each State

Buy Beer and Fight Terrorism

We all talk about terrorism, but what are you doing about it?  I know that I’m not doing anything, but then, really, what can you or I do about it?  I’m glad you asked. We can buy beer: specifically, we can buy Haint Blue Marianne. How, the skeptics among you may ask, can buying beer help fight terrorism?  Let’s take a step back.  You probably … Continue reading Buy Beer and Fight Terrorism

Finally — A Substantive Political Debate about Something Important

I have tuned out of political debates lately, at least to the extent possible here in DC.  Politics increasingly seems dominated by name-calling and “gotcha” moments; and ad hominem attacks just irritate me unless they’re really clever.  That happens about once in a good year.  The political reporting and commentary here in DC mainly involves the horse race — who’s ahead, whether a bill is … Continue reading Finally — A Substantive Political Debate about Something Important

LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Fast Eddie Ashworth, an Indian Springs high school friend, offers LC’s in Kansas City as his favorite rib place.  He warns that the sauce may not be my cup of tea, and thoughtfully advises that I get it on the side.  Very considerate. Now Eddie lives in Baton Rouge, which is not known for barbecue, and I really respect Eddie’s willingness to travel a great … Continue reading LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Best Restaurant in Every Alabama County

I wish this had been published before Nancy and I had spent our year and a half in Tuscaloosa.   AL.com, the remnants of daily newspapers in Alabama’s three largest cities, has put together a list of what they and their sources consider the best restaurant in each of Alabama’s 67 counties.  Of course, as with all such lists, there are some questionable calls, and … Continue reading Best Restaurant in Every Alabama County

The Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

While we’re talking about Bessemer, I have to mention the Bright Star. The Bright Star opened in 1907, and has been in the Koikos family since 1920.  (The founder was a cousin, and at least one Koikos was a waiter.)   The Bright Star is the subject of a Southern Foodways Alliance film, and is on various national lists of restaurants to visited; and it … Continue reading The Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

Bob Sykes, Bessemer, Alabama

Greg Hawley is another Indian Springs friend, but not from my graduating class.  He’s much younger, smarter, and better looking — if that’s not damning with faint praise. Greg is yet another Indian Springs lawyer, a big time litigator, eminent in the Bar, but also the sort of lawyer who gets pro bono awards.  I met Greg through his pro bono work  on voting rights … Continue reading Bob Sykes, Bessemer, Alabama