Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

You’ve met my good friend, Jim Oliver, here. In addition to being delightfully unconventional and hugely funny, Jim is the soul of generosity.  Jim’s from Creedmore, outside Raleigh, and his Momma still lives there.  Jim visits her often, as every son should.  When last we got together, Jim and I were talking about North Carolina barbecue, of course, and I mentioned that, Bill’s having closed, my … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

Nancy and I have spent a fair amount of time on the east coast of Florida at the Marriott Vacation Club properties on Singer Island, the island north of Palm Beach — the poor section of Palm Beach, I like to call it.  It’s funny that I haven’t posted on more restaurants in the area.  (I have posted reviews of a few places I strongly recommend … Continue reading Captain Charlie’s Reef Grill, Juno Beach, Florida

Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions. Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star has passed on.  The Bright Star is the oldest restaurant in Alabama, having opened in 1907, and it is known and loved for great seafood (the  Greek red snapper and the gumbo), great desserts (Nick Saban loves the coconut pie), and the warm, friendly presence of Jimmy Koikos … Continue reading Rest in Peace, Jimmy Koikos of the Bright Star, Bessemer, Alabama

Last Minute Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Let’s say you’re in one of America’s many barbecue deserts and a benign providence presents you with an opportunity to eat some by gosh barbecue.  The catches, you must provide some barbecue sauce.  You rush to the store and see KC Masterpiece and Bone Sucking Sauce and other crimes against humanity, but nothing you’d ever eat without a gun at your head, or maybe even … Continue reading Last Minute Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

I was very impressed by the whole hog barbecue places in Tennessee during my Great Memphis Region Barbecue Sandwich Tour.  You will, no doubt, recall my reviews of B.E. Scott’s in Lexington and Ramey’s, in Parsons, the friendliest town in the world.  After eating at B.E. Scott’s and Ramey’s, I was tempted to travel on to Nashville to try Martin’s, but Nashville is not in … Continue reading Martin’s Bar-B-Que Joint, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

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

Chambers Landing Restaurant and Bar, Tahoma, California

Or is Chambers Landing in Homewood, California?  The internet suggests it’s in Homewood, an unincorporated community of some 200 souls, but you know how the internet lies.  Tahoma is an actual town that actually appears on some maps.  But the important point is that Chambers Landing is on Lake Tahoe.  Either way, you should go there and enjoy a lovely meal at Chambers Landing. Michael … Continue reading Chambers Landing Restaurant and Bar, Tahoma, California

Azul Latin Kitchen, South Lake Tahoe, California

Spoiler alert:  Azul Latin Kitchen is the best place to eat in South Lake Tahoe.  It’s great for a number of reasons, but first we need to get to Lake Tahoe. We left Sacramento bound for Lake Tahoe after taking a 10k walk on a 107 degree day in August (well, we walked in the morning when it was much cooler).  We picked up Liza, Michael, … Continue reading Azul Latin Kitchen, South Lake Tahoe, California