Wilber’s to Re-open!

At last the clouds are lifting. One of the great Eastern North Carolina barbecue places is well on the way to re-opening. Here’s the latest, which I learned, naturally, via the excellent Barbecue Bros blog, which all y’all should follow. If you’ve never eaten there, or even it you have, read this. Despite it’s greatness, Wilber’s was struck down by the malignity the North Carolina … Continue reading Wilber’s to Re-open!

More Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

Recognizing the culinary rut you may be falling into after a long quarantine with limited access to a grocery store, I posted some recipes a few days ago. The post was good as far as it went, but I fear that I made a couple of unfortunate omissions. It happens. More and more with each passing year. Let me try to rectify things and fill … Continue reading More Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

You’ve been stuck in your house or apartment for a while now, you can’t find a chicken for love nor money, and you’ve run through your favorite recipes at least twice. And you’re starting to run up bills from getting carry-out or delivery with, I hope and trust, truly excessive tips. Well, you’ve come to the right place, my friends! Here are selected recipes that … Continue reading Recipes for Quarantine Times and Any Other Time

Southern Living's Best Small Towns in the South

We’ve discussed Southern Living’s Best Catfish Places and reviewed their readers’ picks for Best Barbecue Places in each Southern State here, here, and here. Before we leave their Best of the South lists, let me say a word about Southern Living’s 2020 Best Small Towns the South list. The Southern Living readers pick Williamsburg, VA, as the top small town in the South. Williamsburg is … Continue reading Southern Living's Best Small Towns in the South

Southern Living’s Best Barbecue in Every Southern State List: Part 3

Let’s wrap up our consideration of the Southern Living list. You can see Part 1 here and Part 2 here, in which I address the selections made by Southern Living’s readers in response to their annual Best in the South survey. The choices range from horrendous (see Part 1) to not bad, with much in between, with a number I’ve never tried, so I’ll pass … Continue reading Southern Living’s Best Barbecue in Every Southern State List: Part 3

Southern Living’s Best Barbecue in Every Southern State List: Part 2

I commented here in considerable dudgeon about the Southern Living Best Barbecue in Every Southern State selections in Missouri and Virginia. I also bemoaned the omission of Maryland. As I explained, the selections were made not by Robert Moss, their barbecue editor and a man of discernment, but by the readers who responded to Southern Living’s annual Best of the South survey. So much for … Continue reading Southern Living’s Best Barbecue in Every Southern State List: Part 2

The Best Barbecue in Every Southern State

Southern Living has published a new list of the best barbecue places in each Southern state.  I’m not much of one for barbecue Best lists.  How do you compare the best pork shoulder and the best whole hog?  Trying to compare pork vs. beef is an utter waste of time.  It’s usually a question of where you grew up.  I’ve gone so far as to … Continue reading The Best Barbecue in Every Southern State

Southern Living Picks the South’s Best Catfish Restaurants

Southern Living has long published annual “Best of the South” lists, notably of barbecue places (which we’ll visit in depth), small towns, best cities, best beach towns, and, for the first time this year, the Best Catfish Restaurants.  You can see the article here. When I was in the Justice Department, I did a lot of voting rights work in Mississippi.  I traveled all over … Continue reading Southern Living Picks the South’s Best Catfish Restaurants

Where to Eat along I-95 between Washington and Florida

We’re getting into prime Spring Break season, and this is an especially good time to drive rather than fly to Florida.  That means you’ll be searching desperately for good, non-chain places to eat.  You need look no farther than this annotated list.  I posted a list earlier, but since then I’ve since learned of and added more good places to eat, including in Florida itself, … Continue reading Where to Eat along I-95 between Washington and Florida

Johnny Longboat’s, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

You can count on beachside restaurants/bars for some things.  They all have cold beer and rum drinks or they go out of business.  After that, it can get pretty iffy.  But sometimes the caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and that’s the case with Johnny Longboat’s. We’ve been going to Marriott’s Ocean Pointe in Palm Beach Shores since March 2010. On our first trip, we tried … Continue reading Johnny Longboat’s, Palm Beach Shores, Florida