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Top 5 Texas Hill Country Barbecue Joints

My father attended grad school at the University of Texas in the late ‘60s, long before urban sprawl began encroaching on the surrounding Hill Country. Amazingly, many of the same restaurants that were available...
Best Food Of The Year

2008 Top 12 Dishes Outside Los Angeles

Here are the 12 most satisfying dishes I ate in 2008, regardless of cuisine or price level, excluding Los Angeles. The Top 12 is listed by restaurant, in alphabetical order. 1. Egg – Brooklyn,...
Barbecue Party

Wine, Swine and Bovine

For the fifth straight New Year’s Eve, my father and stepmother Jane hosted almost 30 people for their locally famous “Wine, Swine and Bovine” blowout. My father assembled more than twenty pounds of pork...
Best Food Of The Year

2007 Top 10 Dishes Outside Los Angeles

Here are the 10 most devastating dishes I ate in 2007, regardless of cuisine or price level, excluding Los Angeles, and listed in alphabetical order. 1. FIG – Charleston, SC – Sautéed Roe Shrimp...
Best Food Of The Year

2007 Top 12 Restaurants Outside Los Angeles

Here are the 12 most impressive meals I ate in 2007, regardless of cuisine or price, excluding Los Angeles. Most people opt for a Top 10 list, but since it’s an arbitrary number anyway,...