The Original Ronnie’s, Henrico County, Virginia

There are things I don’t love about The Original Ronnie’s. Right now, they just have curbside service, so you can’t go inside and sit and eat and talk with the other customers. And, well, that’s about the only thing I don’t love about Ronnie’s. The rest of Ronnie’s is great. You drive up and see a low white building — there are some big cookers … Continue reading The Original Ronnie’s, Henrico County, Virginia

Northern Neck BBQ at the Barn in Montross, Virginia

What a good place! And you definitely should visit Westmoreland County, Virginia. We did years ago when Patrick and Liza were youngsters. We toured George Washington’s Birthplace National Monument and Stratford Hall, where the docents seemed ashamed of one of the three Lee brothers who wasn’t present to sign the Declaration of Independence. Both places are well worth a tour. There’s also James Monroe’s birthplace … Continue reading Northern Neck BBQ at the Barn in Montross, Virginia

Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

Oh, we have a good place here! After a breakfast of leftover country ham and biscuits from the Loveless Cafe, an early lunch at Edley’s, and a couple of great hours listening to music at the Listening Room, we were still unable even to get near lower Broadway due to the tsunami of bachelorette parties and party buses that had flooded the area. We again … Continue reading Jack Cawthon’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

Nancy and I spent a long weekend in Nashville, and had a great time. The two immediate lures were (1) the Barbecue Bros ranking of the top five barbecue places in Nashville, and (2) really cheap airfares on Southwest. The Barbecue Bros are three friends from High Point, North Carolina who, as every good North Carolinian, like to eat barbecue. The Bros, Speedy, Monk, and … Continue reading Edley’s Bar-B-Que, Nashville, Tennessee

Blue and White, Alexandria, Virginia

I got together for lunch with my cousin, Murray Johnston, recently. You remember Murray, Ann Thomas Griffin Johnston’s husband. His children, Murray IV, aka Cuatro, and daughter Griffin, have figured notably in the Blog. When Murray and I get together for lunch it’s usually at a standout sandwich place, like Bub and Pop’s. This time it was the Blue and White on Wythe Street in … Continue reading Blue and White, Alexandria, Virginia

Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Mechanicsville is no bigger than a minute, but it can claim both the Surgeon General of the United States and the House Majority Leader as native sons.  Pretty tall cotton — or tobacco.  That’s what they used to grow in Southern Maryland.  Now the tobacco is gone and the farmers are growing subdivisions.  But Mechanicsville is largely untouched by the Washington excrescence.  It’s still just … Continue reading Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

I mentioned in my last post that I checked in to a hotel in Wilson.  One reason was so that I could try Marty’s. As regular readers know, I had a sample of Marty’s barbecue thanks to my good friend, the irrepressible Jim Oliver, who brought me some from one of his trips to North Carolina to see his mother. There’s some history here.  I … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina