Start making travel arrangements! Ramey’s Bar B Que re-opens on March 5! (They close every year in cold weather because it complicates the cooking.) Ramey’s is a great whole hog barbecue place, a Top Place by any standard. And Ramey’s is within easy driving distance of Memphis and Nashville, so I’ll be looking for excuses to go to Memphis or Nashville or Alabama or Kentucky or … Continue reading Mark Your Calendars!
As I mentioned in my review of Off Tha Bone in West Palm Beach, Robert Moss’ Cue Sheet article about some good barbecue places in Tampa inspired me to try once again to find good barbecue in Florida while Nancy and I spent a long week in Palm Beach Shores. That’s on Singer Island, the next island north of Palm Beach. My research identified … Continue reading Troy’s BBQ, Boynton Beach, Florida
As anyone who has read this Blog for a while knows, I focus on seafood and Cuban restaurants when I’m in Florida: no barbecue. Inspired, however, by Robert Moss’ ‘Cue Sheet article on some good barbecue in Tampa, not to mention my ever-present desire to eat some good barbecue, I decided to try to find some good places in Palm Beach County. Nancy and I were staying in … Continue reading Off Tha Bone, West Palm Beach, Florida
Nancy, for whatever reason, decided against the Truly Memorable Valentine’s Day Dinner that I recommended. She didn’t explain why, but she was decisive, and I was at a loss. I generally don’t like to go out on Valentine’s Day. The restaurants always are overbooked and understaffed, and they usually have a set menu that costs twice as much as their regular menu, and the volume … Continue reading Valentine’s Day at the Islander Grill and Tiki Bar, Palm Beach Shores, Florida
I have. I first had a pig ear sandwich at the Tired Texan, a food truck in Birmingham. My good friend and then-vegan, Jean Webb, had recommended the Tired Texan to me — specifically their Damnit to Hell sandwich: pork barbecue with a whole lot of Tabasco sauce. (Jean was a strict vegan at the time, although he continued to eat barbecue.) I had the … Continue reading Have You Ever Had a Pig Ear Sandwich?
The other day I mentioned the ‘Cue Sheet, a weekly newsletter put out by Robert Moss. He’s the Barbecue Editor for Southern Living. Nice job. Thanks to Mr. Moss, I bring hopeful news about the barbecue situation in Florida. Regular readers will know that, after some unpleasant experiences, I all but abandoned my quest for great barbecue in Florida in favor of local seafood … Continue reading Word of Good Barbecue in Florida!
I’ve mentioned a number of new brisket places in the pork-centric Southeast, such as Lewis Barbecue in Charleston. Indeed, it seems as if all of the new-style places are cooking at least some brisket, which shows the depths to which people will descend for money. Now, the favor is being returned as Texas is getting a chance to learn the joys of whole hog barbecue. … Continue reading Texas Goes Whole Hog
The Green Top was among the first barbecue places inducted into the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame during the Year of Alabama Barbecue. It was chosen by virtue of having been in business for over 50 years. I remember stopping at the original Green Top in Dora back in the day. Leo and Susie were still working and it was a good place — very … Continue reading The Original Leo and Susie’s Green Top Barbecue, Dora, Alabama
For those of you who neglected this opportunity last year — Valentine’s Day is a time of flowers, cards, chocolates, and romantic candlelit dinners. Of course, all restaurants that are even remotely romantic are booked up well ahead of Valentine’s Day, and if, like me, you have honed the art of procrastination to a razor’s edge, your options are likely to be limited. I usually … Continue reading For a Truly Memorable Valentine’s Day Dinner …
Nancy and I recently went down to Birmingham for Sammy Horwitz’s bat mitzvah. We decided to fly to Atlanta and rent a car, which saved us some money and, more important, gave me the opportunity to try another barbecue place. My limited research — I was looking for a place that cooks exclusively with wood — led us to Williamson Bros. in Douglasville, which had … Continue reading Williamson Bros. Bar-B-Q, Douglasville, Georgia