Mission Barbecue, Dover, Delaware

Nancy and I recently were to Dover to continue on our goal of 10K guided walks (Volksmarches) in each of the 50 state capitals.  We’re at 24 now.  Since I’m always on the lookout for new barbecue places,  I checked Yelp, and Mission Barbecue came up as the best local place.  Off we went, and found a mixed bag. Note:  Mission is part of a chain, one … Continue reading Mission Barbecue, Dover, Delaware

Big Tree Barbecue, East End, Grand Cayman

If you’re in Grand Cayman, you really should head out to the east end of the island and stop at the Big Tree Barbecue.  It’s a delightful place, and you can eat well there.  The Big Tree was rated # 2 among all restaurants in Grand Cayman on Trip Advisor, well ahead of star turns like Eric Ripert’s Blue, with its average entree at $119, … Continue reading Big Tree Barbecue, East End, Grand Cayman

Archibald and Woodrow’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

Archibald and Woodrow’s is an offshoot of the Archibald’s on Martin Luther King in Northport, a town that sits cheek by jowl with Tuscaloosa.  Archibald’s serves the best ribs in the world, and also world-class chicken.  It was founded by George and Betty Archibald in 1962, and grandson Woodrow opened Archibald and Woodrow’s in 2002.  Now there are two Archibald and Woodrow’s in Tuscaloosa, one on … Continue reading Archibald and Woodrow’s, Tuscaloosa, Alabama

LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Fast Eddie Ashworth, an Indian Springs high school friend, offers LC’s in Kansas City as his favorite rib place.  He warns that the sauce may not be my cup of tea, and thoughtfully advises that I get it on the side.  Very considerate. Now Eddie lives in Baton Rouge, which is not known for barbecue, and I really respect Eddie’s willingness to travel a great … Continue reading LC’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City, Missouri

Dreamland, Southside Birmingham, Alabama

If there’s any doubt that Birmingham is a barbecue town, consider a comment on reddit, “Looking at buying a house near the Dreamland’s in Southside.”  How many cities do you know where people buy houses based on proximity to barbecue places?  Or how many cities are united in a truly ecumenical approach to barbecue?  Consider: Sam Cohn organized a trip to that particular Dreamland outpost … Continue reading Dreamland, Southside Birmingham, Alabama

The Federalist Pig, Washington, DC

You may think it is damning with faint praise, and it is, but the Federalist Pig is the best barbecue place in Washington.  Note: that is based solely on their ribs.  Stick with the ribs. In a triumph of hope over experience, I went to try their barbecue with Doug Jacobson, the Kansas City Barbecue Maven and our Senior Roving Correspondent, and Doug’s father-in-law, Bob … Continue reading The Federalist Pig, Washington, DC

George Archibald, Jr. Rest in Peace

We mourn the passing of a giant. Mr. Archibald made the best ribs in the world, hands down.  People may dispute whether his achievement counts as an art or a craft, but everyone who has eaten the ribs at Archibald’s knows that he achieved greatness. Here’s the family Facebook post: Woodrow Washington added 3 new photos — with Tammy Wallace and 11 others. 11 hrs … Continue reading George Archibald, Jr. Rest in Peace

Dinosaur Barbecue, Syracuse, New York

While I was lounging by the pool in Palm Beach Shores (the poor section of Palm Beach) in January, I met Lou Cella.  I had on an Alabama cap — always a good conversation starter — and Lou will be instructing at a football camp in Tuscaloosa this Spring.  The conversation naturally turned to ribs.  Lou had been to Tuscaloosa before — he coaches at … Continue reading Dinosaur Barbecue, Syracuse, New York

Miss Myra’s Redux, Cahaba Heights, Alabama

I really like Miss Myra’s, as regular readers will recall. https://johntannersbbqblog.wordpress.com/2015/06/20/miss-myras-in-cahaba-heights-alabama/.  But oh, how the mighty have fallen!   I went for lunch before Anne Rain and Hunter’s wedding with Nancy, Mike, my Aunt Jane Simms from Atlanta, and my cousin Scott Griffin of the Bill’s Griffins.  I was thinking of Carlisle’s or SAW’s, but Miss Myra’s was closer, and I had really liked it … Continue reading Miss Myra’s Redux, Cahaba Heights, Alabama