POV at Pier 450, Ridge, St. Mary’s County, Maryland

After lunch at the College Park Diner, Nancy and I headed down to Southern Maryland, where local seafood is a national treasure. As a rule, the waterside seafood places are old school, informal, often veering on dive status. Now however, there’s an elegant option. Pier 450 used to be Scheible’s, an old school marina, restaurant, and motor lodge. Scheibles closed around ten or fifteen years … Continue reading POV at Pier 450, Ridge, St. Mary’s County, Maryland

College Park Diner, College Park, Maryland

Don’t you just love a diner? Not every day, but there’s a lot of comfort in a diner, in the foods of your youth, in the familiarity of the place. Sometimes you need that. I certainly needed comfort when Nancy decided we needed to go to IKEA again. I don’t like shopping under the best of circumstances. Well, the best circumstances are at food markets … Continue reading College Park Diner, College Park, Maryland

Marseille, New York, New York

I mentioned that Nancy and Liza had gone to New York to see Hamilton, leaving me to wander Virginia and North Carolina eating barbecue, pies, and biscuits. Liza had given the tickets to Nancy for Christmas, just one example of what a wonderful daughter Liza is. They had a great trip despite the blizzard — it actually helped get them an upgrade to the suite … Continue reading Marseille, New York, New York

Paulie’s Pig Out, Afton, Virginia

You may not have been to Afton, Virginia, or even heard of it. Afton is off the beaten path, a bit south of Waynesboro, but it turns out to be worth a trip. I’d heard from Virginia barbecue scholar Joe Payne that Paulie’s Pig Out cooks barbecue with wood and wood alone, so I went to check as part of my responsibilities with the Campaign … Continue reading Paulie’s Pig Out, Afton, Virginia

Redemption BBQ, Henrico, Virginia

There’s been a lot of backsliding among barbecue places all over the country. Scores of places, seduced by set-and-forget smokers that offer a life of ease, have strayed from the great tradition of cooking with wood. But there is hope for Redemption, and it’s just outside Richmond. Virginia barbecue guru Joe Haynes alerted me to Redemption BBQ back when it was just a food truck. … Continue reading Redemption BBQ, Henrico, Virginia

Sunshine Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill and Louisburg, North Carolina

After Delicious Lunch #2 at Dickie Do’s, I took a break from barbecue and checked into a Courtyard Inn in the far reaches of Wake or maybe Franklin County. Meanwhile, Nancy and Liza were in Manhattan, staying at the Algonquin in the suite in which Noel Coward used to live, eating in French restaurants, and seeing Hamilton. To each his own. I will now reveal … Continue reading Sunshine Biscuit Kitchen, Chapel Hill and Louisburg, North Carolina

Dickie-Do’s BBQ, Haw River, North Carolina

After a delicious lunch at Troutman’s, I meandered over to Haw River, North Carolina, to Dickie-Do’s for high tea. Well, not finger sandwiches with cucumber or watercress, but a late afternoon meal. You say that’s an odd name? It’s short for Saxapahaw (Catawban for piedmont), and I can see why they shortened it. Oh, do you mean Dickie Do’s? I imagine you may have never … Continue reading Dickie-Do’s BBQ, Haw River, North Carolina

Troutman’s BBQ, Denton, North Carolina

Denton is a small town in Davidson County, North Carolina, with fewer than 2,000 residents. Now, Davidson County also includes Lexington and Welcome with all of their great barbecue places (search “Lexington” and “Welcome” here in the Blog) within reach. So how does Troutman’s manage to survive so far off the beaten path? If you guessed good wood-cooked barbecue, sweet people, and low prices, give … Continue reading Troutman’s BBQ, Denton, North Carolina

County Smoak, Lynchburg, Virginia

After Allman’s and the Woodruff Cafe, I rushed down toward Lynchburg to County Smoak to determined whether it cooks only with wood and, more important, to meet with Mike Powers, a dedicated Road Fooder. Mike had driven down from Charlottesville to meet me, and while snow prevented a connection at the Woodruff Cafe, we did catch our fallback at County Smoak. It’s a smallish place … Continue reading County Smoak, Lynchburg, Virginia

Woodruff Cafe and Pie Shop, Monroe, Virginia

After an excellent lunch at Allman’s, I wandered over to Monroe, Virginia, to the Woodruff Cafe and Pie Shop. The Woodruff Cafe is a true destination restaurant. Not a lot of people just happen to be in Monroe, Virginia. It’s unincorporated, not even a Census Data Place. If you’ve heard of Monroe it’s because of either the Wreck on the Old 97 or the Woodruff … Continue reading Woodruff Cafe and Pie Shop, Monroe, Virginia