Rodney Scott is Headed to Birmingham, Joining Other James Beard Award Winners

Word is that Rodney Scott, 2018 winner of the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef in the Southeast region (GA, KY NC, SC, TN, WV), will open a place in Birmingham, according to an article in the Charleston, SC, City Paper.  This is good news, of course, for people in the Birmingham area.  It’s always good to have a barbecue legend open a place … Continue reading Rodney Scott is Headed to Birmingham, Joining Other James Beard Award Winners

Barbecue Spaghetti?

I enjoy the website,  Atlas Obscura.  It offers articles about little-known and quirky locations and phenomena around the world.  You should sign up for their weekly newsletter.  Recently they had an article about Barbecue Spaghetti.  On the wildest of hunches, I googled “barbecue spaghetti” and, mirabile dictu, confirmed that it was an Elvis favorite and, like most Elvis favorites, remains a thing in Memphis.  The … Continue reading Barbecue Spaghetti?

Rockefeller’s Raw Bar, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

We’ve stayed at the Marriott Ocean Watch in northern Myrtle Beach a couple of times.  It’s a nice place.   While there, in my ongoing quest for inexpensive raw oysters, we stumbled upon Rockefeller’s Raw Bar in North Myrtle Beach.  It’s no Hunt’s, but they have good oysters and, during Happy Hour, sell them for only 55 cents each.   They also have fresh seafood available … Continue reading Rockefeller’s Raw Bar, North Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

The Best Coffee Shop in the United States

It’s Krispy Kreme.   Take that, Starbucks. You don’t believe me?  Check out the Harris Poll survey of the strongest brands in America.  There it is in black and white — Krispy Kreme.  I find the result surprising for two reasons. First, I have never actually had a cup of coffee in a Krispy Kreme.  I’m not sure I even know anyone who has.  I … Continue reading The Best Coffee Shop in the United States

East vs. West: North Carolina Barbecue Styles

My friend Jonathan Breul sent me a link to this article, which discusses the differences between the two main North Carolina Barbecue Styles — East North Carolina and Western North Carolina/Lexington styles.  It’s a good read, and should inspire you to go eat some barbecue in North Carolina. Jon is a barbecue enthusiast, and it’s an inspiring story.  He had to overcome a youth in … Continue reading East vs. West: North Carolina Barbecue Styles

How to Make Perfect Barbecue: An Illustrated Step by Step Guide

Memorial Day is coming up, and that means the opening of Prime Home-Cooked Barbecue Season.  For your convenience, I’ve gathered together a series of posts describing the five — well, six — steps involved in making perfect barbecue.  They give you a detailed guide, and now you have them all in one convenient place.  Follow these steps and you’ll make some great barbecue. Note:  This … Continue reading How to Make Perfect Barbecue: An Illustrated Step by Step Guide

The James Beard Foundation Recognizes Two Barbecue Greats: Rodney Scott and Tootsie Tomanetz

The James Beard Foundation gives the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for food in the  United States every year.  There really should be a Nobel Prize in Food, although the home of lutefisk may not be the best place to make the selection.  Not that I want to turn up my nose at lutefisk.  I imagine that if, like my good friend Harvey Knudsen, you … Continue reading The James Beard Foundation Recognizes Two Barbecue Greats: Rodney Scott and Tootsie Tomanetz

Where to Eat in the Upper Keys, Florida: Islamorada Fish Company, Lorelei’s, The Green Turtle Inn, and Shipwreck’s Bar and Grill

My friend Dan Kenney of Coach4aDay fame and godfather of the Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking in Lumberton, NC, will be driving down to Key West soon.  It’s a beautiful drive down the Overseas Highway from Miami and points north.  Well, most of it is beautiful, and the rest should be again soon.  Hurricane Irma did a lot of damage between Islamorada and Key West, but then … Continue reading Where to Eat in the Upper Keys, Florida: Islamorada Fish Company, Lorelei’s, The Green Turtle Inn, and Shipwreck’s Bar and Grill

Parker’s (Again), Wilson, North Carolina

It’s about a six or so hour drive from DC to Lumberton, North Carolina, home of the 3rd Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking.  That’s a long time to go without eating, and I was getting hungry after four hours.  Serendipitously, that was just as we were near Wilson, home of Parker’s.  Well, not entirely serendipitously. As regular readers know, I had just eaten there a … Continue reading Parker’s (Again), Wilson, North Carolina