After a late and large lunch at BEAST Craft BBQ in Belleville, Nancy and I went on to Springfield and checked in to our hotel. Nancy wasn’t at all hungry, and I wasn’t interested in a big meal, so I reverted to hunter-gatherer mode at a local supermarket and dined on oranges, a bag of M & Ms, and a couple of Hazy Little Thing … Continue reading Charlie Parker’s, Springfield, Illinois
I promised to touch on the Marfa art scene. Marfa has extraordinary cultural resources for a small town in the high desert of West Texas. Marfa has its own NPR station, an independent book store, 16 art galleries and the Chinati Foundation, and a foundation-funded writers-in-residence foundation. Marfa is a sort of Mecca of minimalist art, which tends toward maximalist in size. This kilometer-long … Continue reading Mando’s Restaurant and Bar, Marfa, Texas
My last report on the Jim ‘N Nick’s at the Birmingham airport was quite critical of the quality of the pork. https://johntannersbbqblog.wordpress.com/2015/09/12/jim-and-nicks-in-the-birmingham-airport/. It tasted as if it had been cooked the day before and reheated in an oven at 350, rather than warmed slowly, lovingly over a pit with lots of smoke. I’m pleased to note a marked improvement. On my last trip, I got … Continue reading Jim ‘N Nick’s, Birmingham, Alabama Airport Redux
Garden and Gun has a list of what they consider the best places for breakfast in the South. http://gardenandgun.com/article/rise-dine-souths-best-breakfast-joints Take it with a grain 0f salt: for example, they don’t mention Waffle House. They do mention one barbecue place – Southern Soul Barbecue on St. Simon’s Island. This is not your ordinary barbecue place – or breakfast place, for that matter. First, it is on … Continue reading Barbecue for Breakfast?
I am a big fan of the Birmingham airport. The rental cars are on site, there’s plenty of close-in parking when you’re picking someone up, and they have a Jim and Nick’s Barbecue restaurant on site, a Chick-fil-A if you’re in a hurry, and opportunities to get a Good People IPA. Jim and Nicks is one of the most dependable barbecue chains around – … Continue reading Jim and Nick’s in the Birmingham Airport