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

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

Jim ‘N Nick’s, Homewood, Alabama

I’ve written about the Jim ‘N Nick’s barbecue chain a number of times, and I’ve got another post in the wings after this one.  It’s a good, dependable chain, even as it has spread to seven states.  Most of them are distressingly clean, new, and nice, but they serve good barbecue, and a very good smoked sausage and pimiento cheese appetizer. I was in Birmingham … Continue reading Jim ‘N Nick’s, Homewood, Alabama

The Original Golden Rule, Irondale, Alabama

I really like the Original Golden Rule.  It has been around forever, and was our go-to place after Ollie’s of Blessed Memory closed.  That’s where my father would go when he decided we needed a pork butt to supplement the Thanksgiving turkey.  It was Patrick’s first restaurant.  (He was only a few months  old and slept through it, dreaming sweetly, I’m sure, of barbecue.)  It … Continue reading The Original Golden Rule, Irondale, Alabama