Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star has passed on.  The Bright Star is the oldest restaurant in Alabama, having opened in 1907, and it is known and loved for great seafood (the  Greek red snapper and the gumbo), great desserts (Nick Saban loves the coconut pie), and the warm, friendly presence of Jimmy Koikos … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

Rest in Peace, Melvin Rogers

Huntsville, Alabama, was just a wide place in the road well into the 1950s, but today it’s the second largest city in Alabama, a booming, high-tech city, the home of Redstone Arsenal and the Marshall Space Flight Center (which is coordinating the next moon landing), and lots of associated industries.  They also have a biotech center, and Huntsville just landed a ginormous new Toyota plant. … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Melvin Rogers

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

I was very impressed by the whole hog barbecue places in Tennessee during my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour.  You will, no doubt, recall my reviews of B.E. Scott’s in Lexington and Ramey’s, in Parsons, the friendliest town in the world.  After eating at B.E. Scott’s and Ramey’s, I was tempted to travel on to Nashville to try Martin’s, but Nashville is not in … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

As regular readers know, every year I teach a Thursday afternoon class in the University of Alabama Honors College for my good friend, Bob McCurley.  That means I get to visit family and eat some barbecue.   (I also get two tickets to an Alabama football game, which makes me the highest-paid guest lecturer on earth.)  This trip I headed to a new barbecue place, the … Continue reading Rodney Scott’s BBQ, Birmingham, Alabama

Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

I’ve mentioned my cousins, the Johnstons, before.  My first cousin, Ann Thomas, is one of the Wilson, North Carolina, Griffins, famous for their preference for Bill’s over Parker’s.  (Now that Bill’s has closed, they seem to be fans of Marty’s.)  Murray is from San Antonio  and went to school in Austin, and, a true Texan, he makes the best brisket in the Washington, DC, area. … Continue reading Guest Post: Griffin Johnston on Texarbama BBQ, Fairhope, Alabama

SAW’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama, Once Again

After spending Wednesday morning with Dear, Nancy and I left to go see the Oxford, Mississippi Tanners.  Before we left Birmingham, we stopped for lunch at SAW’s in Homewood, one of the many suburbs of Birmingham.  The barbecue at SAW’s deservedly gets a lot of love.  SAW’s is on lots of “best” lists, including Garden and Gun’s, and has been pronounced by no less an … Continue reading SAW’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama, Once Again

Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama

On Tuesday, Nancy sent me off to have lunch while she stayed with Dear and worked on her needlepoint.  Continuing my tour of places in the Alabama Barbecue Hall of Fame, I headed to Demetri’s.  Demetri’s has been right in the heart of the central Homewood commercial district since 1961, and it recently has been inducted into the Birmingham Restaurant Hall of Fame.  Sam Nakos, … Continue reading Demetri’s BBQ, Homewood, Alabama

Jim ‘N Nick’s, Shuttlesworth Airport, Birmingham, Alabama

Our visit to Dear ended, so Nancy and I headed to the Birmingham Airport.  I’m a big fan of the Birmingham airport.  It is small, rental cars are on site, and if you’re picking someone up, you can park within a hundred yards or so of the baggage claim.  And the first hour of parking is only a dollar. You also can get barbecue there. … Continue reading Jim ‘N Nick’s, Shuttlesworth Airport, Birmingham, Alabama

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