Carlile’s Barbecue, Birmingham, Alabama, Redux

As I mentioned in the Waffle House post, I was back in Birmingham the next week to visit Dear on a pre-planned trip.  Every year, I teach a Thursday afternoon class at the University of Alabama Honors College for my good friend Bob McCurley, the legendary former head of the Alabama Law Institute.  I teach the class and Bob gives me two tickets to an … Continue reading Carlile’s Barbecue, Birmingham, Alabama, Redux

Why I’m a Fan of Waffle House

I was back in Birmingham to see my mother again and, not incidentally, to see Alabama play Texas A&M.  I flew in early Thursday morning and stopped by to see Dear before heading to Tuscaloosa to teach an Honors College class for my good friend Bob McCurley, and earn my football tickets.  My schedule got thrown out of whack and I didn’t have time to … Continue reading Why I’m a Fan of Waffle House

Leo and Susie’s Famous Green Top Bar-B-Q, Jasper, Alabama

The Green Top is in the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame, which means that it has been in continuous business for over 50 years.  That’s pretty good for a restaurant of any kind.  I’d been meaning to try it, and had a chance during the visit to see my mother, Dear.  I’d spent the morning with her and she was getting tired of me, so … Continue reading Leo and Susie’s Famous Green Top Bar-B-Q, Jasper, Alabama

Jim ‘N Nick’s, Homewood, Alabama

I’ve written about the Jim ‘N Nick’s barbecue chain a number of times, and I’ve got another post in the wings after this one.  It’s a good, dependable chain, even as it has spread to seven states.  Most of them are distressingly clean, new, and nice, but they serve good barbecue, and a very good smoked sausage and pimiento cheese appetizer. I was in Birmingham … Continue reading Jim ‘N Nick’s, Homewood, Alabama

Bradley’s Pit Barbecue and Grill, Sweetwater, Tennessee

I recently went to Birmingham to see Dear for a few days.  I decided to drive, in part for flexibility in my return date, and in part because a full size rental car cost over $500 less than the airfare.  It was a serendipitous decision.  It was National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, so I got to experience first hand the Cutting into the Left Lane … Continue reading Bradley’s Pit Barbecue and Grill, Sweetwater, Tennessee