Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que, Brownsville, Texas

I recently wrote up five Texas barbecue places from the Hill Country. (Scroll to the end of the page.) Vera’s offers another face of Texas barbecue spots, the Rio Grande Valley. I’ve had one blog post (here), and that from the far reaches of the Valley, a place celebrated in song and story. Unlike the Hill Country, the Valley serves delicacies the like of which … Continue reading Vera’s Backyard Bar-B-Que, Brownsville, Texas

Coconut Cove, Great Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

We naturally had several meals and the odd drink or two at the Ritz-Carlton Club’s poolside grill, Coconut Cove. It’s a nice setting, covered and open to the air, with good views of both the pool and Great Bay. Here’s a view of the grill from our room — see the tables on the right. In addition to serving in the immediate environs of the … Continue reading Coconut Cove, Great Bay, St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands

The Front Street Grill at Stillwater and Rhumbar, Beaufort, North Carolina

Have you been to Beaufort? I mean the North Carolina one, pronounced bow-fert. The South Carolina one is Bew-fert. Both are historic waterside towns with lovely old homes from the early 18th century. The oldest in the North Carolina Beaufort is Blackbeard’s house, built c. 1700. No visit to the central North Carolina Coast is complete without a day or two in Beaufort. Beaufort has … Continue reading The Front Street Grill at Stillwater and Rhumbar, Beaufort, North Carolina

Parrott’s on 11th, Morehead City, North Carolina

Nancy and I marked 47 years of wedded bliss while we were at the beach with Liza and Michael and the girls, also lots of cousins. We celebrated with an early dinner out at one of our favorites, Parrott’s on 11th. We’d been there several times before, having learned of Parrott’s from my nephew, Jimbo, and his wife, Michelle, our primary guides to the coastal … Continue reading Parrott’s on 11th, Morehead City, North Carolina

The Mulberry House, Washington, North Carolina

And now for something completely different. you might think that all I ever eat in North Carolina is barbecue. Far from it. During my recent Tour de Barbecue I ate dinner every night at a non-barbecue place. Once at the beach, moreover, I eschewed barbecue for seafood. Here are some good places to eat things other than barbecue in Eastern North Carolina. After my lunches … Continue reading The Mulberry House, Washington, North Carolina

Wilber’s BBQ, Goldsboro, North Carolina

We all stopped at Wilber’s on our drive home from a week at the beach at Pine Knoll Shores. Nancy, Liza, and I are old hands at Wilber’s. We used to go there on every beach trip after a first lunch at Parker’s. But Wilber’s was new to Michael, Ella, and Lily. We veterans were eager to show it off. Early in 2019 I learned … Continue reading Wilber’s BBQ, Goldsboro, North Carolina

Barrel 9, Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland

A wine bar in Lusby! Ain’t we goin’ uptown! I usually associate wine bars with cities or historic districts, but here one is in a shopping center in Lusby, and it’s great. Liza, Michael, and I went to Barrel 9 with Julie Rokala, who’s recognized as a regular although Barrel 9 is yet to have its grand opening, and we were joined by Laura McPherson. … Continue reading Barrel 9, Lusby, Calvert County, Maryland

The Captain’s Kitchen Shrimpburger: The Greatest Of All Time

It’s no contest any more. The Captain’s Kitchen serves the Greatest Shrimpburgers Of All Time. The Captain has held the coveted Shrimpburger Championship without serious challenge since 2018, when I first learned of it from nephews Jimbo and Henry Tanner. I’d been searching for the best shrimpburger for years, so I rushed right over. I’d found the best. You’ll recall this comparison from my 2018 … Continue reading The Captain’s Kitchen Shrimpburger: The Greatest Of All Time

Iowa Taproom, Des Moines, Iowa

After our … memorable drink at Ernie’s Boondocks, Nancy and I went to dinner. One of my goals for our stay in Iowa was to have a fried tenderloin sandwich. It’s something of a specialty in Iowa. It’s not the official state sandwich, that’s the Tavern or Loose Meat Sandwich. I thought about getting one, and had a tip on a good-looking place in an … Continue reading Iowa Taproom, Des Moines, Iowa

The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre

This was not the best food, but it was easily my favorite meal of the trip thus far. Nancy and I had enjoyed our 10k walk around Pierre. Pierre is a small city, about 13,000 residents, but it’s a memorable walk. One thing that I loved was there is a statue in Pierre of every governor of the state. That’s no big deal, but the … Continue reading The Chuckwagon Bar and Grill, Fort Pierre, South Dakota, and Zesto in Pierre