The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Big Oak, Salter Path, North Carolina

When we first started going to the beach in the Morehead City area — to Atlantic Beach or Pine Knoll Shores — the Big Oak served the best shrimp burger around.  I posted in 2016 about its superiority over El’s, the then main competition here. Oh! how the mighty have fallen!  Now, the Big Oak is a shadow of its former self. Nothing has changed on … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Big Oak, Salter Path, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Shark Shack, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

The winner of the World’s Best Shrimpburger will come as no surprise to regular readers.  I announced it several posts ago.  The Captain’s Kitchen won an unprecedented third title, as announced while I dawdled on posts about my barbecue adventures on the way down to the beach.  I was going to do the traditional countdown of runners-up before announcing the winner, but by that time many … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Shark Shack, Atlantic Beach, North Carolina

The Skylight Inn, Ayden, North Carolina

I wanted to end the trip — my three day Tour de Barbecue — with some especially great barbecue for my last barbecue meal before going on to the beach and shifting my culinary gears to judging the 2020 World Shrimpburger Competition (See the winner here.)    Naturally I went to the Skylight Inn. I’ve blogged about the Skylight Inn a couple of times (see … Continue reading The Skylight Inn, Ayden, North Carolina

The Oak Level Cafe, Pretty Near Nashville, North Carolina

Ah!  Back to tales of my trip from Washington to the beach at Pine Knoll Shores, North Carolina, after special bulletins from Wilber’s and the Captain’s Kitchen.  We are now beginning Day 3 of the trip in Wilson, North Carolina.  Besides my desire to try Marty’s, I’d spent the night in Wilson so that I could get the famous biscuits at Flo’s the next morning. … Continue reading The Oak Level Cafe, Pretty Near Nashville, North Carolina

The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Captain’s Kitchen, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Three-Peats!

NEWS FLASH!  The Captain’s Kitchen has won the World’s Best Shrimpburger  Competition, the Super Bowl for shrimpburgers, for the third year in a row. The Captain’s Kitchen is a food truck that alternates between the two above locations.  The victory is no surprise, but the three-peat is historic. (Having interrupted my 3 1/2 day barbecue-eating trip for a Special Bulletin review of the newly reopened … Continue reading The 2020 World’s Best Shrimpburger Competition: The Captain’s Kitchen, Indian Beach and Emerald Isle, North Carolina, Three-Peats!

Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

I mentioned in my last post that I checked in to a hotel in Wilson.  One reason was so that I could try Marty’s. As regular readers know, I had a sample of Marty’s barbecue thanks to my good friend, the irrepressible Jim Oliver, who brought me some from one of his trips to North Carolina to see his mother. There’s some history here.  I … Continue reading Marty’s BBQ, Wilson, North Carolina

Boss Hog’s Backyard Barbecue, Washington, North Carolina

My nephew, Jimbo Tanner, has been an invaluable source of barbecue information.  He told me about B’s and Grady’s and Bum’s — three of the best barbecue places on earth.  When he tipped me off to Boss Hog’s, I put it at the top of my must-visit list, and I headed there after the wonderful ZZQ. I was somewhat taken aback to see that Boss Hog’s is … Continue reading Boss Hog’s Backyard Barbecue, Washington, North Carolina

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

ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

Friends, hop in your car right this minute and drive to Richmond while a passenger reads this exciting episode to you.  ZZQ definitely is a Top Place. After my delightful if ill-timed visit to SMoHK, I drove around a little to get ready to check out ZZQ.  I like to wait at least a half hour between meals.  Actually, I’d already stopped at ZZQ to verify … Continue reading ZZQ Texas Craft Barbeque, Richmond, Virginia

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