Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah.

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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/12 18:39:45 (permalink)
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Wonderful stuff David!  You really know how to take advantage of your work and play time.  And to be able to share your love of food and Roadfood with your fellow musicians must have been a great thrill. 
 
I am disappointed to read that Stroud's did not live up to your expectations.  Of all the beautiful food photos, the one that really made me sit up and take notice was the fried shrimp.


Cliff, I knew that my reaction to Stroud's would be disappointing to you, and I'm truly sorry about that. Of course it was very good, but as I said, it might have just been the overwhelming amount of food. I was thinking that I might be better off going there by myself, or maybe with one other person. 
 
As you say, it really was a thrill to share this experience with my colleagues. And it was such a pleasure to be back in that part of the country again.
 
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/12 18:45:04 (permalink)
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Very different IMHO. I like the new one because its in a restored diner.

Oh, now I think I remember reading or hearing something about that, maybe even from you on Roadfood, in the past year or so. I had forgotten all about it. I'll have to try it the next time.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/12 21:01:55 (permalink)
David, thank you for such a beautiful trip report!  Travelling around eating Roadfood with the CSO and performing in concerts........geeze, it doesn't get any better than that.  Bravissimo! 
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/12 21:39:18 (permalink)
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Buddy, thank you for your comments.
 
...That's really interesting that you've had such good luck with Gates' burnt ends. Do they always serve them shredded? How do you compare them to the other places that are served in chunks?
 
...Regarding Muti, I should have mentioned that I'm pretty sure the only reason he came was because he loves the Orchestra so much, and the players, and wanted to be involved with whatever such a big group was doing.
 

 
I wouldn't say I've had "good luck" with Gates' Burnt Ends, just better luck than you.  IIRC, they were more chopped than shredded, with a wide disparity in the size of the chunks.  I've only had them a couple of times, preferring the Sliced Brisket.
 
I suspected Muti was there more for the camaraderie than the grub.  Still, it's nice to see he's a man of the people once he sets down his baton.
 
Glad your trip was an overall success!
 
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 06:52:47 (permalink)
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...Of all the beautiful food photos, the one that really made me sit up and take notice was the fried shrimp.

Now that's the bubbabuffetbustergump that I know and love.
post edited by JRPfeff - 2015/11/13 08:26:12
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 07:29:32 (permalink)
That comment was especially for you JRPfeff!
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 08:54:55 (permalink)
We would only eat at Gate's if it was after midnight, but I'm with Buddy. My standard order was always Beef and Ham combo, since not many KC places ever offered ham. Gates extra hot is one of my favorite sauces, one which I get gifted with at Christmas occasionally.
   This burnt ends thing is a fairly recent phenomenon where now every KC place feels they have to offer them. 
  Wonderful report, David. Thanks for sharing.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 13:01:54 (permalink)
Great trip report and fantastic photos.  I wonder if being a world class musician and photographer are related.
 
This old man went down the same steps to have the beignets at Huey's On The River the same week.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 13:50:56 (permalink)
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A quick trip to Hillsborough and the yarn shop and Matthew’s Chocolate Shop. I didn’t take a picture of the excellent gelato, but this was a picture of their unusual chocolates. 


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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/13 20:36:43 (permalink)
Fantastic report. That is all that needs to be said.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/16 21:43:35 (permalink)
An Outstanding entry, and one that will receive attention from many traveling Road-Fooder's in the future. You did an excellent job in balancing your reviews with excellent graphics to encourage us to "try" your selections.
   Thanks and Please keep contributing reports like this every time  you travel.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 00:45:27 (permalink)
Thanks for the kind comments.
 
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 13:38:33 (permalink)
What a wonderful report, and I, like everyone else, is so impressed that your conductor joined the group for dinner. That isn't necessarily the kind of collegiality one would expect from a world-renowned conductor like Muti.
 
I know what you mean about the quantity of food at Strouds.  When I go alone, which is usually (as I am only there on business), I have found that lunch is a lot more manageable in terms of quantity of food than dinner.  That said, I've only been able to go at lunchtime once, so I deal with the dilemma of too much food. One tactic is that I never eat my cinnamon rolls on site; they always wrap them up for me to take away.  I am a big eater of fried chicken, and will eat that even it if means abandoning a lot of the potatoes.  
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 15:04:20 (permalink)
I wanted to go into Pinkie Master's in Savannah.  My wife said it wasn't regionally appropriate....I think she was scared. 
 

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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 15:07:10 (permalink)
*I always got chicken fried steak at Stroud's, because everyone else always orders chicken. 
Very tasty CFS. 
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 16:24:03 (permalink)
Joerogo, sad sad news about Pinkie's. They are closing at the end of this year. Too lengthy to post the story here.
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Re: Chicago Symphony Orchestra Barbecue Tour, plus Charleston and Savannah. 2015/11/17 18:01:27 (permalink)
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Joerogo, sad sad news about Pinkie's. They are closing at the end of this year. Too lengthy to post the story here.



That's too bad!
 
Really, the place is a little rough around the edges and my wife was afraid to go in.  Afterwards we were told about Pinkie.  He was a dear friend of President Jimmy Carter, and Mr Carter announced his run for the presidency from Pinkie's.
 
There was one problem in the friendship though.  Pinkie refused to sell Billy Beer!
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