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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Monterey Kentucky

Family matters carried me to the Bluegrass State last month, and fate led me to the small, forgotten town of Monterey on the Kentucky River in Owen County. I love old, broken towns particularly if they once had a heyday … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Storm’s Drive In At Lampasas Texas

In 1873, 57 year old William Washington ‘Wash’ Storm opened a roadside stagecoach stop and eatery in Stormville, Texas, a small community seven miles north of Quitman, famous for being the birthplace of Sissy Spacek and little else.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Spalding’s Donuts (Lexington Kentucky)

I’ve been eating at Spalding’s Bakery since they were in their old location at North Limestone and 6th Street back when that part of Lexington was still rough around the edges.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Red Rock Texas

When I lived in Texas I routinely drove my motorbike south out of Austin down FM 812, the old Austin-Port Lavaca Stagecoach Road. It’s a beautiful drive filled with roadside barbacoa stands, rusted hulks of abandoned cars, pagan churches, bull-fighting … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Flor (Austin, Texas)

I quit asking for permission to take photos years ago. It’s much easier to just walk up-start snapping-and if anybody doesn’t like it then start throwing punches. If it turns into too big of a dust-up then squeal out of … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: El Rincon (Pflugerville, Texas)

When I lived in Austin I ranged broadly across central and south Texas on the hunt for handmade tortillas. I was making good money writing and developing recipes for Scrumptious Chef and I spent countless hours on my old motorbike … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Milo’s Hamburgers (Est.1946) In Birmingham Alabama

After a nearly 30 year run of eating delicious meals from Milo’s Hamburgers, I finally rolled snake-eyes in Birmingham two weeks ago. Coming off a 400 mile trip from Kentucky I was flat-starving by the time I hit Gadsden, Alabama.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Jean Bell Is The Queen Of Kentucky Beer Cheese

Jean Bell has earned her living making vats of beer cheese in central Kentucky for over 50 years. She’s a living link to a region-specific food’s history that is writ large across the Bluegrass State. In this part of Appalachia … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: City Cafe In Northport Alabama (est.1946)

Hard partying in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. When I was a young buck coming of age in the Yellowhammer State, the crowd often capped off a long night in Tuscaloosa with a visit to City Cafe in nearby Northport, just over the … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Johnny’s Meat And Three In Homewood Alabama

A great clamor rose out of the blue plate lunch scene in Birmingham, Alabama four years ago when Tim Hontzas, a descendant of a Jackson, Mississippi restaurant dynasty, opened a generational meat and three just outside of Birmingham in Homewood.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Johnny’s Barbecue In Cullman Alabama

When I was in culinary school in Birmingham, Alabama I was always ranging around the state on barbecue missions and trying to establish a hierarchy of the best smoked pork houses. That’s how I found the little town of Cullman, … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Cafe De Klos In Amsterdam Netherlands

It’s been 17 years since I first broke bread at the legendary Cafe De Klos in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Back in 1999 the Dutch barbecue scene looked quite different than it does today. Modern smoked meat restaurants like Rough Kitchen, Wilde … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Vis Van Wou In Amsterdam Netherlands

It’s a 1300 mile airplane ride from Amsterdam to Istanbul. On my recent trek to Northern Europe I was tempted to make a detour to Turkiye, one of the world’s great countries, for a big plate of Hamsi (fresh anchovies) … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Butcher’s Tears In Amsterdam Netherlands

After eight weeks of research I felt like I had my Amsterdam trip squared away before I ever left the 9th Ward of New Orleans.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Rough Kitchen In Amsterdam Netherlands

Big Green Egg cookers are the rage in Amsterdam, Netherlands right now. Locals joke about them, they’re given prominent space in open kitchens, and seemingly every young cook in town is infatuated with them.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: La Falote In Amsterdam Netherlands

It’s heartbreaking to see a chef past his prime, staggering about, boozy and red-eyed in his restaurant, and not giving a damn about his food. I was determined to find a ‘traditional’ Dutch meal on my most recent visit to … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Seeking Texas Hot Guts At Bulls And Dogs In Amsterdam

I began investigating the hot guts sausage scene in Texas in 1991. The last 25 years have seen a lot of changes come to the forced meat industry in the Lone Star state. Genuine Texas hot links started to fade … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Stichting De Ezelsociëteit In Zeist Netherlands

I recently had the opportunity to travel to Zeist, Netherlands a small town near Amsterdam that hosts Stichting De Ezelsociëteit (est.2001) an organization of people dedicated to helping donkeys have meaningful lives in the chaos of 21st century living.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Mendez Cafe In San Antonio

When I lived in Austin my favorite city to venture to for day trips was San Antonio. I’d gas up my Kawasaki, drive out through the hill country then head down 281 south til I hit Bexar County.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Peggy Sue’s Lounge In Harvey Louisiana

The thick aroma of Pall Malls envelops me as I stroll into Peggy Sue’s Lounge on the West Bank of New Orleans. The new puritans who have invaded the Crescent City would be met with stern rebuke if they ventured … Continue reading

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