Real Q, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

After lunch at Hursey’s, I tried to continue my homage to Jim Early with a second stop on the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail for a second lunch at Fuzzy’s in Madison, only to find that Fuzzy’s had closed. They’d cut back from 14 hours a day (5:00 am-7:00 pm) to only eight (7:00 am -3:00 pm) due to the general shrinking of the labor … Continue reading Real Q, Winston-Salem, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

Hursey’s Bar-B-Q, Burlington, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

A while back I tried to pay homage to Jim Early, the late founder of the North Carolina Barbecue Society. Among Early’s initiative was the creation of the North Carolina Barbecue Trail, a collection of 20 barbecue places that cooked traditional North Carolina barbecue, pork cooked over wood coals: True ‘Cue. I’d only been to a dozen of them, mainly in Eastern North Carolina and … Continue reading Hursey’s Bar-B-Q, Burlington, North Carolina: On the North Carolina Historic Barbecue Trail

A Fine Arts Post: The Poetry and Music Corner

Regular readers may have noticed a change in the paragraph at the bottom of each new blog post. The paragraph has been expanded to cover the breadth of the Blog, which includes “all manner of recipes, and the occasional book or movie review and fine arts commentary.” Every now and then I like to shift focus away from barbecue and other comestibles to explore the totality of human experience. The Blog is … Continue reading A Fine Arts Post: The Poetry and Music Corner

The Reluctant Navigator, Tall Timbers, Maryland

Wow! What a great place! Nancy and I had learned of The Reluctant Navigator from local food guru, St. Mary’s Paul, also the tipster for the Drift Inn and Captain Leonard’s. St. Mary’s Paul reported that The Reluctant Navigator had “good food and the best Bloody Marys and Irish coffee in St. Mary’s County.” So much we knew, but what we didn’t know was that … Continue reading The Reluctant Navigator, Tall Timbers, Maryland

Hilana Falafel Pop-Up at Broad Branch Market, Washington, DC

Hilana Falafel has started a Monday afternoon pop-up outside Broad Branch Market in Upper Northwest. Broad Branch Market is a small corner grocery in an upscale neighborhood that sells, among other things, really good baguettes hot out of the oven. Buy one if only to drive around with it in your car and drink in the aroma, or just hug it to your breast. Back … Continue reading Hilana Falafel Pop-Up at Broad Branch Market, Washington, DC

Ray’s Pier, Benedict, Maryland

As part of our Southern Maryland restaurant research, Nancy and I ventured over the border into Charles County and the town of Benedict. That’s where the British landed preparatory to burning Washington in 1814 (a section of the White House is still marked by the burning), and it also was where the Maryland 19th Regiment was formed in 1863, specifically to serve as soldiers. Bet … Continue reading Ray’s Pier, Benedict, Maryland

The Drift Inn Crab House, Mechanicsville, Maryland

UPDATE: Closed for the season. Mechanicsville is an unincorporated community in St. Mary’s County, or a wide place in the road. It has fewer than 2,000 residents, but more than its share of good places to eat, with the Smokehouse Barbecue Shack and Captain Leonard’s. My friend, Eric Zabiegalski and I headed to Mechanicsville to try the Drift Inn. The Drift Inn is another good … Continue reading The Drift Inn Crab House, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Sol Mexican Grill, Washington, DC

There’s been chatter about Sol Mexican Grill on our neighborhood listserve, as there tends to be when a new place opens. All of the comments have been positive, so I decided to walk over for lunch. Sol turns out to be the fourth link in a local chain. It has a small space near Fessenden and Wisconsin, with eight two-tops plus a bench along the … Continue reading Sol Mexican Grill, Washington, DC

Mountain Shadows Restaurant, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Mountain Shadows is a hugely popular breakfast place in Old Colorado Springs. They’re only open from 7 to 2, and they stay busy and, like everyone else these days, understaffed. Nancy and I braved the crowds on a Monday morning, and we were able to get an outside table after a mere 30-minute wait. I ordered two eggs and green chile over hash browns, which … Continue reading Mountain Shadows Restaurant, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Owlbear Barbecue, Denver, Colorado

After a big breakfast at Westside in Vail, Nancy and I dropped off the young people at the Denver airport, and turned towoard Colorado Springs. First, though, we (I) decided to get some barbecue in Denver. It had been far too long since my last barbecue meal. Our first choice was Hank’s Texas Barbecue, which, based on great reviews from our Senior Colorado Correspondents, Don … Continue reading Owlbear Barbecue, Denver, Colorado