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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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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Restaurant Divny Janko In Bratislava Slovakia

Reštaurácia Divný Janko is a feast for the senses. It’s tucked away on a forlorn side-street in a forgotten neighborhood of Bratislava, Slovakia; it’s homely and covered in Slovak outsider art; almost all the dishes are fried, smothered in gravy … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Primitivo In Central City

I’ve been a patron of chef Adolfo Garcia since he opened Rio Mar in New Orleans way back in 2000. I routinely told friends visiting that the good cook was putting out the best ceviche in the city, and he … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Tortas Frontera In Chicago

I was like a wizard when booking my flight to Amsterdam, Netherlands. I wanted to make sure the airport I was due to have a layover in would have food that was not only fit to eat but worthy of … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Lanskroon In Amsterdam Netherlands

Singel Canal is my favorite walk in the entire city of Amsterdam. When I step out of Centraal Station I quickly make my way to Prins Hendrikkade and soon enough I’m strolling down the prettiest canal in town. I like … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Eastern Kentucky Chili Bun Trail

On a recent swing through the Cumberland Highlands of Kentucky I did what I always do: ate chili buns like they were going out of style. Their obsolescence is in no danger of happening as chili placed on a hotdog … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Wildcat Mountain Cheese In East Bernstadt Kentucky

I’m always hunting. I began doing research on Southeastern Kentucky as soon as I got word that I would be traveling there at the end of October. I know the foodways of Eastern Kentucky are among the most diverse in … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: A Taste Of Knox County Kentucky

Some of the finest cooks in USA hail from Knox County, Kentucky. With a few notable exceptions they are mainly old granny women living up hollers and putting out Eastern Kentucky classics like chili buns, soup beans, corn bread, greasy … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Scotties Diner In Knoxville Tennessee

When I was a young eater growing up in the Cumberland Highlands region of Appalachia it was a big deal when a new restaurant would open up in our little hamlet of Corbin, Kentucky.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Chunky Shoals Fish Camp

Chunky Shoals Fish Camp opened in 1951 on the banks of the Chunky River in Chunky Mississippi. Since this portion of Mississippi is near the buckle of the bible belt it’s hard to find restaurants that are open for service … Continue reading

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