Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

If you ever anticipate being in a jam, go to Gringo’s Diner. They will come to your rescue, and they will serve you a very good meal. Eric and Sinclair, alas, had to leave us to get back to Charlotte Sunday, so we decided to go out for a latish breakfast. We all voted for Gringo’s Diner. We drove over to Coligny Square, which in … Continue reading Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

After delicious lunches at the new Sam Jones in Raleigh and Backyard Barbecue Pit in Durham, I headed down the highway to Charlotte to see family. A heavy rain made passing Lexington without stopping to eat a lot easier. I managed to find Scott and Nora’s house, despite the best efforts of my GPS, and we went to dinner with Sinclair and Eric. You met … Continue reading Eddie’s Place, Charlotte, North Carolina

Loveless Cafe and Motel, Nashville, Tennessee

I occasionally take barbecue-eating trips, but even on those trips it isn’t all about barbecue. I also eat country ham biscuits. See, e.g., here. When we went to eat barbecue in Nashville (“the other Nashville,” as they say in Eastern North Carolina), for our very first meal we headed straight to the Loveless Cafe down in the southwestern extremity of Davidson County. They say the … Continue reading Loveless Cafe and Motel, Nashville, Tennessee

Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

I got ahead of myself with that post on Edley’s in Nashville. I had mentioned earlier, in my post on The Avenue, that I was then just back from an eating trip to Virginia, to the detriment of my waistline. Let’s get back to that and restore some order to this Blog, beginning with a great place for both wood-cooked barbecue and breakfast. For my … Continue reading Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Hoot’s Breakfast and Lunch, Marco Island, Florida

As we were leaving Marco Island at the end of our stay, Nancy and I stopped for breakfast at Hoot’s, and I’m very glad we did. Everyone in Marco seems to go to Doreen’s Cup of Joe for breakfast and, indeed, that was our Yelp’s-based first choice. The problem was that since everyone goes there, no one can get in. So we drove on to … Continue reading Hoot’s Breakfast and Lunch, Marco Island, Florida

Ruthie’s All Day, Arlington, Virginia

The Washington area used to be a barbecue desert. Oh, how things are changing! On a Sunday afternoon, Nancy and I found another winner — Ruthie’s All Day, an honest True ‘Cue place with really good food. Ruthie’s was still almost full when Nancy and I stopped in about 1:30. You know, I need to stop going to Arlington for barbecue on Sundays. Sunday is … Continue reading Ruthie’s All Day, Arlington, Virginia

Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Winter looms, so I have updated my list of alternatives to fast food for those driving south (and back north) along the East Coast. And, indeed, normally the only sensible thing to do when the weather promises to chill the very marrow in your bones is to head south. In light of COVID issues, special care and consideration must be taken before you decide to … Continue reading Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Mason-Dixon Cafe, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Nancy and I went to the Pottery Barn Outlet in Fredericksburg in search of a low price on some furniture. The place turned out to be mainly an outlet for returned furniture — returned for good reason. We left empty handed and started looking for a place to eat lunch. My barbecue research not having turned up any place that cooks exclusively with wood, we … Continue reading Mason-Dixon Cafe, Fredericksburg, Virginia

Charlie Parker’s, Springfield, Illinois

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

Mando’s Restaurant and Bar, Marfa, Texas

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