Red Fish, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Before our first trip to Hilton Head, more years ago than I care to disclose, my nephew and Carolina food expert, Jimbo Tanner, recommended Red Fish. He was right then and it is still a top restaurant on the island, and it was the perfect place for us to go on Nancy’s birthday, especially after my breakfast debacle that morning. Nancy and I, now bereft … Continue reading Red Fish, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

If you ever anticipate being in a jam, go to Gringo’s Diner. They will come to your rescue, and they will serve you a very good meal. Eric and Sinclair, alas, had to leave us to get back to Charlotte Sunday, so we decided to go out for a latish breakfast. We all voted for Gringo’s Diner. We drove over to Coligny Square, which in … Continue reading Gringo’s Diner, Hilton Head, South Carolina

The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

What a good restaurant! Sinclair and Eric picked this one out, and I need to let them make all of the choices from now on. They even managed to get a reservation without the help of the Marriott Vacation Club concierge. The Lucky Rooster is not one of the many waterside restaurants in Hilton Head. It’s off a busy road in an anonymous shopping center. … Continue reading The Lucky Rooster Kitchen + Bar, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Skull Creek Dockside, Hilton Head, South Carolina

After my First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour (see preceding posts), I picked up Nancy at the airport and we went over to Hilton Head and checked into Marriott’s Grande Ocean, a Marriott Vacation Club resort. My cousin Sinclair and her husband Eric presently joined us for a weekend stay. You met Sinclair and Eric at Noble Smoke in Charlotte, where they live, and on … Continue reading Skull Creek Dockside, Hilton Head, South Carolina

Big T’s Bar-B-Que, Gadsden, South Carolina

You make a plan and God laughs. I did a lot of research before the First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour using my once infallible Ultimate South Carolina Barbecue Guide, a list based on the overlap between the Campaign for Real Barbecue’s South Carolina page of wood-only barbecue places and the South Carolina Barbecue Association’s list of places worth a 100 mile drive. Alas, COVID … Continue reading Big T’s Bar-B-Que, Gadsden, South Carolina

Midway BBQ, Buffalo, South Carolina

Here’s a place that’s figuratively in the middle of nowhere that does a land office business. Get ready for a true gem — and a big surprise. My first stop on Day 2 of the First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour was Midway BBQ in the town of Buffalo, South Carolina. You probably aren’t familiar with Buffalo. It had 1,266 residents in 2010, and the … Continue reading Midway BBQ, Buffalo, South Carolina

Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, South Carolina

After an excellent lunch at Bucky’s, I headed to downtown Greenville. The city has received much publicity lately, and I wanted to see what had prompted all the fuss. I was impressed. Greenville is a small city, with only 67,000 residents and a bit over a half million in the county, and the downtown is small, but lovely. Trees line and shade the principal street, … Continue reading Henry’s Smokehouse, Greenville, South Carolina

Bucky’s BBQ, Greenville, South Carolina

After my memorable breakfast at Eddie’s Place in Charlotte, I finally began my First Upland South Carolina Barbecue Tour. For once, I did considerable planning before the trip, and it was a good thing. My main resource was my Ultimate South Carolina Barbecue Guide, with intersection or overlap between the Campaign for Real Barbecue South Carolina list of wood-only places and the South Carolina Barbecue … Continue reading Bucky’s BBQ, Greenville, South Carolina

Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Winter looms, so I have updated my list of alternatives to fast food for those driving south (and back north) along the East Coast. And, indeed, normally the only sensible thing to do when the weather promises to chill the very marrow in your bones is to head south. In light of COVID issues, special care and consideration must be taken before you decide to … Continue reading Best Places to Eat Near I-95 from Washington, DC, to Florida

Barbecue and Rocket Science

Barbecue and rocket science both require extraordinary ability and years of hard work and dedication.  You might have thought that no one can do both.  Not so.  Knapp Hudson, our Senior Portland, Maine, Correspondent and a fellow Indian Springs grad, pointed me to an article in Gastro Obscura about an expert in both fields. Dr. Howard Conyers grew up near Paxville, South Carolina, population 158, which … Continue reading Barbecue and Rocket Science