Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue, Cloudcroft, New Mexico

We pause at the close of the intensive period of the Great Memphis Barbecue Sandwich Tour for a Special Report from our Senior New Mexico correspondent, Jon Berry.  Jon is Nancy’s nephew.  He works in Los Alamos or somewhere like that — I’m not sure exactly where.  If he were more specific, he’d have to kill me.  And if I told you … Jon was willing … Continue reading Mad Jack’s Mountaintop Barbecue, Cloudcroft, New Mexico

UPDATE: Curbed Hunger, Loveland, Colorado

UPDATE It is my sad duty to inform you that Curbed Hunger is no more.  What a shame!  It’s hard to find places with such fresh ingredients and such well prepared food.  I understand that Chef/owner Brennan McAuliffe is looking into brick and mortar restaurant options.  Here’s hoping he finds something soon.  If you hear anything, post a comment.  If I find out, I’ll post … Continue reading UPDATE: Curbed Hunger, Loveland, Colorado

Tasty Bones BBQ and Bakery, Cheyenne, Wyoming

For those wondering why Nancy and I were on our way from Denver to Cheyenne via Curbed Hunger — I mean via Loveland, CO — here’s the answer:  The trip was part of our ongoing project to do Volksmarches (self-guided 10k walks) in all 50 state capitals. (We’re at 23.) Cheyenne is an unusual state capital city.  People actually do real work there — farming and … Continue reading Tasty Bones BBQ and Bakery, Cheyenne, Wyoming

Curbed Hunger, Loveland, Colorado

UPDATE It is my sad duty to inform you that Curbed Hunger is no more.  What a shame!  IT’s hard to find places with such fresh ingredients and such well prepared food.  I understand that Brennan McAuliffe is looking into brick and mortar restaurant options.  If you hear anything, post a comment.  If I find out, I’ll post another update — and head west to … Continue reading Curbed Hunger, Loveland, Colorado

Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Nancy and her Mah Jongg buddies, Nancy Breul, Jean Saillant, and Ellen Buchanan, go to a National Park every year.  This year, they dropped me at the Salt Lake City airport to return to the sweatbox that has been Washington, and drove up to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to visit Grand Teton National Park and Yellowstone.  Being selfless, while in Jackson they went to Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, … Continue reading Bubba’s Bar-B-Que, Jackson Hole, Wyoming

Chez Downing, Redmond, Washington

A few years ago, Nancy and I went to a cooking school at Casa Gregorio in Castro dei Volsci, a lovely medieval hill town that has been untouched by the last two or three centuries except for the odd bomb or two during World War II, and by the transformation of some houses into the truly lovely Casa Gregorio.  It’s in Lazio, about 50-60 miles from … Continue reading Chez Downing, Redmond, Washington

Podnah’s Pit, Portland, Oregon

I had high hopes for barbecue in Portland.   It’s a big foodie city, and since it rains some, the wood should be pre-soaked.  I selected Podnah’s as likely to have the best barbecue in the city, and I was not disappointed. Podnah’s is definitely a Texas-style place.  Western music is playing — good — and the decor includes paintings of cowboys and country singers. … Continue reading Podnah’s Pit, Portland, Oregon

Crown Burgers, Salt Lake City, Utah

Crown Burgers does not serve barbecue.  The gem of its largely Greek menu is the eponymous Crown Burger.  While the Crown Burger starts off as a basic fast-food cheeseburger topped with lettuce, tomato and their own sauce (similar to thousand islands without pickles), the addition of a quarter pound of pastrami puts the Crown Burger in a league of its own. The combination of the … Continue reading Crown Burgers, Salt Lake City, Utah