Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

UPDATE:  SOUTH FORK HAS CLOSED South Fork, easily the best barbecue place north of the North Carolina line, has closed.  Blaine Cooper has packed up his custom smoker and is headed to Austin, where good barbecue is appreciated.  It makes sense.  Why would a true artist want to serve people who would rather have chicken fingers?   The same thing happened years ago when the … Continue reading Best BBQ in Virginia: South Fork BBQ in Harrisonburg

The Smokehouse, Annapolis, Maryland

We went over to Annapolis to spend a Friday night with Sue and David Boyd, Michael’s parents and our, or Ella’s, co-grandparents, and to try out the Smokehouse, a barbecue place that also has live music on Fridays. The Smokehouse has a sports bar ambience, with lots of televisions.  I got excited when I saw a card on the table advertising dollar oysters on Friday … Continue reading The Smokehouse, Annapolis, Maryland

Heirloom Market Bar B Que, Atlanta, Georgia

UPDATE:  Congratulations to Jiyeon Lee and Cody Taylor (and to the Heirloom Market team) on being chosen as semi-finalists in the James Beard Foundation competition.   They do a great job on a wide variety of foods, and have lots of inventive combinations.  Hurry on over! ####### When I’m driving through Atlanta, I usually go straight through town rather than take the bypass.  That way … Continue reading Heirloom Market Bar B Que, Atlanta, Georgia