Smokecraft Modern BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

Remember my initial post on Smokecraft? That’s when I went with Sean Ludwig of NYC BBQ, the definitive guide to barbecue in that metropolis, and The Smoke Sheet, the national guide to barbecue places, trends, and events. We ate everything at Smokecraft that wasn’t tied down and a few things that were. Then we went over to Ruthie’s All Day for another dinner. I was impressed by … Continue reading Smokecraft Modern BBQ, Arlington, Virginia

Smokies Hickory House, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Today I’m delighted to welcome our Senior Oklahoma Correspondent, the delightful Laura Eddy of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. You’ll remember her as the impetus for my Best Places to Eat Near I-40 post, a post that’s still wending its way westward. Broken Arrow lays claim to Warren Spahn, Ernie Childers, Kristin Chenoweth, a whole lot of very nice people, and a Blue Bell Creamery. It sits … Continue reading Smokies Hickory House, Broken Arrow, Oklahoma

Save the Date May 19! Head to Ayden for a Great Book Event (And the Best ENC Barbecue)

UPDATE and CORRECTION — Good news! This event will be on May 19, so you have lots of time to plan. There are big doings Friday, May 19. Sometimes the stars align, everything falls into place, and you hit the lottery. This is one of those times. It’s a stellar book event in Ayden, North Carolina, the epicenter of great Eastern North Carolina barbecue. And … Continue reading Save the Date May 19! Head to Ayden for a Great Book Event (And the Best ENC Barbecue)

Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, Marco Island, Florida

After a great day at the Everglades Seafood Festival (see here), we all went to the beach and pool for a while before heading out for dinner. Marco was packed. I’ve never seen the beach so crowded, and there was talk of three-hour waits for tables at dinner. We decided to try Dolphin Tiki. For those who haven’t been there, it’s on the water behind … Continue reading Dolphin Tiki Bar and Grill, Marco Island, Florida

Smoked Alligator at the Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Florida

On our first full day in Marco Island, we went to the Everglades Seafood Festival in Everglades City with Doug and Emily, and I’m very glad that we did. Everglades City is about 30 miles from Marco Island, and it’s the gateway to the Everglades National Park, which we usually visit when we’re staying in Marco. The Festival began over 50 years ago, and has … Continue reading Smoked Alligator at the Everglades Seafood Festival, Everglades City, Florida

Vision Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Let me give a shout-out to Jim Bosket of Sweet Blue Smoke. I owe him. I got to chatting with Jim when Nancy, Lily, and I went to Sweet Blue Smoke, and it turned out that Jim was from Charlottesville. I mentioned Ace Barbecue and Biscuit, and Jim said that THE place to go for barbecue in Charlottesville was Vision Barbecue. Vision, he assured me, … Continue reading Vision Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

On my way back to Washington from the ride of the Four Horsemen of the Porkapalypse, I made a point of rising early to get to Ace Biscuit and Barbecue before lunch. I’d enjoyed their barbecue, see here, but criticized the quality of the biscuits, thus: The biscuit itself was a surprise. It wasn’t a cat head biscuit, and the ham and egg flowed far, … Continue reading Ace Biscuit and Barbecue, Charlottesville, Virginia

Boogie’s Turkey BBQ, Elm City, North Carolina

After a fine lunch at Old Colony Smokehouse, we — barbecue cognoscenti John Shelton Reed, Dan Levine, Allan Parnell, and I — wandered over to the Butcher Block in Windsor where Allan picked up some rabbits. I was surprised to see that chitterlings cost $9.99 a pound, at least until I thought about the work to clean them. The Butcher Block had all sorts of … Continue reading Boogie’s Turkey BBQ, Elm City, North Carolina