26 Essential NC Barbecue Places

An article in Our State lists 26 barbecue places in North Carolina that they believe essential that you try.   As regular readers know, I am no friend of “best” lists for a whole host of reasons.  At the same time, Our State has proved to be a pretty reliable source for things food-related, so this is an article to approach with interest and respect. … Continue reading 26 Essential NC Barbecue Places

The 11 Best Cheesesteak Places in Philly

I don’t trust “Best” lists.  Often, and virtually always in the case of best barbecue lists, they compare apples and oranges — say, pork and brisket.  The two foods are completely different.  And, again with barbecue lists, they often include places that don’t actually sell barbecue.  The not infrequent inclusion of places that have closed further saps credibility. Think about how a “best list” develops. … Continue reading The 11 Best Cheesesteak Places in Philly

The Great American Barbecue Bucket List by Southern Living

My cousin Sinclair Griffin Lee, of the Wilson, North Carolina Griffins, sent me a link to Southern Living’s latest list of good barbecue places — this time, the Great American Barbecue Bucket list.  It really is great to have such nice cousins.  I wish that Sinclair and husband Eric (the Charlotte Hamburger Experts) would come visit, but I guess Eric’s free time is taken up … Continue reading The Great American Barbecue Bucket List by Southern Living

The Best Barbecue Joint in Each Southern State According to Yelp

I met Jeff Frederick at the historic 3rd Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking in Lumberton, North Carolina, back in April.  Jeff is Dean of the School or Arts and Sciences at UNC Pembroke, a noted historian, an expert on Alabama politics, and a real good guy.  He’s also an Auburn fan, which is a fine thing to be 364 days of the year.   Maybe 365 … Continue reading The Best Barbecue Joint in Each Southern State According to Yelp

The James Beard Foundation Recognizes Two Barbecue Greats: Rodney Scott and Tootsie Tomanetz

The James Beard Foundation gives the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for food in the  United States every year.  There really should be a Nobel Prize in Food, although the home of lutefisk may not be the best place to make the selection.  Not that I want to turn up my nose at lutefisk.  I imagine that if, like my good friend Harvey Knudsen, you … Continue reading The James Beard Foundation Recognizes Two Barbecue Greats: Rodney Scott and Tootsie Tomanetz

The Oldest Restaurant in Each State

Here’s a list  offering the oldest restaurant in each state.  I’m saving it myself as a travel resource.  I’ve been to eight of them, and have a write-up of The Bright Star in Bessemer, Alabama.   Eating at all 50 would be a nice project.  I certainly plan to eat at The Cattlemens’ Steakhouse in Oklahoma City again when we do our state capital walk on Oklahoma, … Continue reading The Oldest Restaurant in Each State

Best Barbecue Sandwich in Alabama

My good friend Bob McCurley teaches innovative courses at the University of Alabama and at Cumberland Law School, publishes law treaties, and keeps his eye out for barbecue news.  Bob shared this from Al.com, the web site that has pretty much replaced the daily newspapers in the three of the four largest cities in Alabama, and is devoted to public service.  The newshounds at Al.com … Continue reading Best Barbecue Sandwich in Alabama

Barbecue Road Trip

Did I tell you that Nancy is going to Vietnam in June?  It’s another Operation Smile Trip.  She’s been to Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, the Dominican Republic (twice), Honduras, Morocco, Ethiopia, India, the Philippines, and Cambodia — I’m sure I’m forgetting a couple of places.  On each mission, they repair cleft palates, split lips and other facial problems for about 125 children and adults, and in … Continue reading Barbecue Road Trip

Another 50 best list

Sinclair Griffin Lee, noted barbecue and hamburger expert, pointed out this list of the best barbecue places in each state. https://www.yahoo.com/travel/50-best-bbq-joints-in-the-country-128074837027.html The list is certainly a good travel tool, although it’s a little depressing to think of all of those barbecue places I may never get to try.   I hope others will check out places as they can and post comments.  (That means you, … Continue reading Another 50 best list