Johnny Longboat’s, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

You can count on beachside restaurants/bars for some things.  They all have cold beer and rum drinks or they go out of business.  After that, it can get pretty iffy.  But sometimes the caterpillar turns into a butterfly, and that’s the case with Johnny Longboat’s. We’ve been going to Marriott’s Ocean Pointe in Palm Beach Shores since March 2010. On our first trip, we tried … Continue reading Johnny Longboat’s, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

As the name indicates, Cod and Capers is at once a fish market and a seafood restaurant. I love that combination.  There are some combination places on the Gulf Coast and in Southern California, and I’ve posted reviews of Big Water Seafood in Siesta Key and Le Bee Fish in Marco Island, both on the Florida West Coast.  At Cod and Capers, the fish market is … Continue reading Cod and Capers Seafood Marketplace and Cafe, North Palm Beach, Florida

Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho

Nancy has been unusually defensive of vegans.  It may have been prompted by my Facebook comment a while back about Podnah’s Pit included what some have taken as a hit against Vegans, to wit “Let’s say you’re in Portland, Oregon, and the last four restaurants you’ve been to were exclusively Vegan.  (It happens there.)  Here’s where you go -“.  It’s possible that my “0% Vegan” … Continue reading Celebrating Diversity — A Look Back at BBQ4Life, Boise, Idaho

Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

After our disappointing meal at Frigate’s, we turned to an old friend.  Many of you will remember that Nancy and I went to Captain Charlie’s with our friends, Joyce Deroy and Willie King back in November, before the Florida season was in full swing.  We were able to saunter right in and get a table for four. Nancy and I went back in February.  We … Continue reading Back to Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

Frigate’s, North Palm Beach, Florida

I had exhausted the appealing barbecue options in Palm Beach County, so Nancy and I turned to Frigate’s, and seafood with a view.  We’d gone to Frigate’s back in November for a latish dinner with our good friends, Joyce Deroy and Willie King.  We sat inside that time, but after dinner we walked across to see the outside seating.  Frigate’s fronts on a street and … Continue reading Frigate’s, North Palm Beach, Florida

Valentine’s Day at the Islander Grill and Tiki Bar, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

Nancy, for whatever reason, decided against the Truly Memorable Valentine’s Day Dinner that I recommended.  She didn’t explain why, but she was decisive, and I was at a loss.  I generally don’t like to go out on Valentine’s Day.  The restaurants always are overbooked and understaffed, and they usually have a set menu that costs twice as much as their regular menu, and the volume … Continue reading Valentine’s Day at the Islander Grill and Tiki Bar, Palm Beach Shores, Florida

Have You Ever Had a Pig Ear Sandwich?

I have. I first had a pig ear sandwich at the Tired Texan, a food truck in Birmingham.  My good friend and then-vegan, Jean Webb, had recommended the Tired Texan to me — specifically their Damnit to Hell sandwich: pork barbecue with a whole lot of Tabasco sauce.  (Jean was a strict vegan at the time, although he continued to eat barbecue.)  I had the … Continue reading Have You Ever Had a Pig Ear Sandwich?

Word of Good Barbecue in Florida!

The other day I mentioned the  ‘Cue Sheet, a weekly newsletter put out by Robert Moss.   He’s the Barbecue Editor for Southern Living.  Nice job.  Thanks to Mr. Moss, I bring hopeful news about the barbecue situation in Florida. Regular readers will know that, after some unpleasant experiences, I all but abandoned my quest for great barbecue in Florida in favor of local seafood … Continue reading Word of Good Barbecue in Florida!

Capital Crab and Seafood Co., Washington, DC

There are a lot of good places to eat in Washington, and my neighborhood — upper Connecticut Avenue near the Maryland line — has a couple of small commercial strips that have attracted some good restaurants, and my current favorite is Capital Crab.  It’s a brick and mortar extension of a great crab catering business.  But there’s much more to Capital Crab.  It’s also a … Continue reading Capital Crab and Seafood Co., Washington, DC

Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida

I’ve mentioned Louie’s Backyard before.  On our first trip to visit Key West with Liza, Michael, and Ella, and with David and Sue Boyd, our co-grandparents, we all went there to celebrate Michael’s birthday  (December 21.  I can send you a list of his sizes.  And mine, if you’re interested and promise not to tell.)  It was terrific, but much too nice for me to … Continue reading Louie’s Backyard, Key West, Florida