Wagyu vs. Prime at 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

I finally managed to get back to 2fifty Texas BBQ, easily the best barbecue place in the Washington area. They’ve changed a lot since my first few visits. They’ve moved to their permanent location (which is really nice) and added a lot of outdoor seating. They’ve expanded their hours to include Friday and Saturday, as well as Sunday, and are shooting to open Thursdays as … Continue reading Wagyu vs. Prime at 2fifty Texas BBQ, Riverdale Park, Maryland

Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Mechanicsville is no bigger than a minute, but it can claim both the Surgeon General of the United States and the House Majority Leader as native sons.  Pretty tall cotton — or tobacco.  That’s what they used to grow in Southern Maryland.  Now the tobacco is gone and the farmers are growing subdivisions.  But Mechanicsville is largely untouched by the Washington excrescence.  It’s still just … Continue reading Smokehouse BBQ Shack, Mechanicsville, Maryland

Rosemary Bistro and Cafe, Washington, DC

I walked straight down to Rosemary Bistro and Cafe for lunch the last time I was in town. It had excited a little controversy on the neighborhood listserve, with views pro and con, and I wanted to see for myself. I’d planned to go there the week before, but a malign fate took me across the street to Muchas Gracias. This time I stuck with … Continue reading Rosemary Bistro and Cafe, Washington, DC

Muchas Gracias, Washington, DC

I wandered down Connecticut Avenue looking for a new place to get lunch, and stumbled upon Muchas Gracias. It’s a narrow storefront formerly occupied by a pizza carry-out place, squeezed in between Buck’s and Sugar Fox, the Little Red Fox ice cream and cupcake shop. It seems Muchas Gracias had been open for about a month, most of which I’ve been away. See the last … Continue reading Muchas Gracias, Washington, DC

Ketch 22, North Beach, Maryland

I arranged a lunch to meet my old buddies from the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division where I spent a few years on police brutality cases and hate crimes.  You’ve met one of them, Jim Oliver, several times, including  here.  The other is David Allred, a Cullman, Alabama, boy who tried cases in the Montgomery US Attorneys office for a few decades before … Continue reading Ketch 22, North Beach, Maryland

Taqueria Xochi at Little Beast, Washington, DC

Little Beast is a nice neighborhood place.   I went there with my friend Jon Breul too soon after it opened, and it was a mixed experience.  We split a delicious lamb ragu and an okay pizza, and endured slow and confused service — the sort of service you get when you go to a restaurant before it gets its sea legs — with varying degrees … Continue reading Taqueria Xochi at Little Beast, Washington, DC

New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland, Continued

We interrupt out Tour de Barbecue as we move from Richmond to Eastern North Carolina for a special bulletin: an update on New Orleans by Myra from Michael Boyd, the New Orleans Food Maven.  Here’s Michael’s report on the Alligator Bites basket and the Oster Po-Boy: The Alligator Bites basket.  First off, it’s a big portion.  Maybe a little over breaded, but that breading was … Continue reading New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland, Continued

Independence Day 2020 in Cove Point, Maryland

I’ll go out on a limb here and say that 2020 has not been the most pleasant year that I can remember.  Still, it has had its moments.  Here’s what I did on July 4 to celebrate the throwing off of the British yoke — the defeat of the world’s greater empire, and a pivotal expansion of freedom in the world: Usually I’m in Washington … Continue reading Independence Day 2020 in Cove Point, Maryland

New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland

We all were out in Cove Point, a small Chesapeake Bay beach community in Calvert County, Maryland, on the western shore of the Bay, just outside Lusby.  Michael was in town working and Nancy and Liza decided to take Ella and Lily up to Annapolis to shop there while Nancy’s co-grandmother, Sue Boyd, watched the girls.  I took a pass on that trip, and instead … Continue reading New Orleans by Myra, Lusby, Maryland