Southern Living Picks the South’s Best Catfish Restaurants

Southern Living has long published annual “Best of the South” lists, notably of barbecue places (which we’ll visit in depth), small towns, best cities, best beach towns, and, for the first time this year, the Best Catfish Restaurants.  You can see the article here. When I was in the Justice Department, I did a lot of voting rights work in Mississippi.  I traveled all over … Continue reading Southern Living Picks the South’s Best Catfish Restaurants

26 Essential NC Barbecue Places

UPDATE I did take a trip to flesh out the places on there Our State list of 26 essential barbecue places that I had not visited.  You can read reviews of the places I tried.  They include Switzerland Café and General Store (ugh), the excellent Richard’s Bar-B-Q, and Morris Barbeque (great sauce).  While I was on the road, I got sidetracked by Countryside BBQ (good),  Log Cabin Barbecue (really good), a … 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