The Elvis Tour

My friend Charley reminds me that tomorrow will mark “39 years since the King left the house.”  Garden and Gun offers a timely travel guide for Elvis fans, of whom I am one. The tour includes his birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi — a plain shotgun house that I visited many years ago while on the way from Birmingham to Blytheville, Arkansas to visit my grandmother, … Continue reading The Elvis Tour

Crown Burgers, Salt Lake City, Utah

Crown Burgers does not serve barbecue.  The gem of its largely Greek menu is the eponymous Crown Burger.  While the Crown Burger starts off as a basic fast-food cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and their own sauce (similar to thousand islands without pickles), the addition of a quarter pound of pastrami puts the Crown Burger in a league of its own. The combination of the … Continue reading Crown Burgers, Salt Lake City, Utah

The Beefmastor, Wilson, North Carolina

It’s easy to think of dining in Wilson, North Carolina, as nothing but barbecue and biscuits (or fried chicken and corn sticks and amazing buffets and biscuits), but there’s more.  Every time we go to Parker’s (we are Parker’s people), we drive past the Beefmastor (sic), which is only open in the evening.  I remember going to the Beefmastor with Doc and Boo, many, many … Continue reading The Beefmastor, Wilson, North Carolina

Pimiento Cheese and Pork Skins at Sam Jones BBQ

Sam Jones BBQ in Winterville, NC, is certainly a top barbecue place, as you would expect from an offshoot of the Skylight Inn: the Jones family knows barbecue.  But I’m starting to worry.   A few days back their Facebook page announced that they had added pimiento cheese and pork skins to their menu.  Now I’m a great fan of pimiento cheese, and while I … Continue reading Pimiento Cheese and Pork Skins at Sam Jones BBQ

Some Barbecue Possibilities in Virginia

UPDATE:   Alas, South Fork has closed.  The owner got sick of people wandering in and asking if he served chicken tenders, so he went back to Texas where people appreciate brisket.  He may have left too soon.  Brisket is booming all over the place, as is the state of barbecue in Virginia.  So here’s an update. I have since tried several of the places mentioned in … Continue reading Some Barbecue Possibilities in Virginia