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Our Year in Roadfood - 2018

It's that time of year again...
 
I have always titled this My Year in Roadfood, but now that we are married and Mariton went on every trip except for one, Our Year is much more appropriate.  And it is definitely a collaborative effort, especially on the photos.  For instance, we were sitting in Acme Oyster House in New Orleans on Saturday when she got up to use the ladies' room.  When she came back, she had great photos of oysters being chargrilled in the kitchen and the shuckers in action behind the bar.  I definitely married the right woman!
 
Every year the review starts with the best burgers.  But, we still have one more trip left, New Mexico over the long New Year's weekend.  There are plenty of green chile cheeseburger candidates in the Land of Enchantment that could make the list.  So instead...
 
BEST BBQ
 
10. Meat Boss - Mobile, AL

We were still in mourning during our February visit at the loss of the late, great Brick Pit.  A quick search on line found Meat Boss and we were on our way.  We were unimpressed by the ribs, but the huge pork bbq sandwich with plenty of dark outside meat and topped with a wet, crispy slaw was sensational.  Check out the menu, where you can custom build your own sandwich.  I'm not so sure you would ever desire a smoked pork loin sandwich on sourdough, topped with white bbq sauce and Asian slaw, but if you do, you can get one here.
 
9. Little Miss BBQ - Phoenix, AZ


Phoenix is hardly a bbq town, but this place richly deserves their place as they do it up right.  After a 1 1/2 hour wait in 100+ degree temperatures, I was hot and tired.  But all that went away once we dug into our tray of pork ribs, sausage and especially that ultra-moist brisket.  It made us feel like we were in Lockhart.
 
8. Perry's Pig - Augusta, GA

Perry's Pig finished #2 last year, which speaks to how much better the competition was this year.  And it wasn't quite as transcendant, which might be because I already knew what expect.  Actually, I'll blame it on not having the pleasure of chickenpucker's company this year.  Still, that sandwich made of tender, smoky pork, sweet/spicy bbq sauce and crunchy cracklins is an unbeatable combination.
 
7. City Market - Luling, TX



Loved, loved, loved everything about this place.  With a separate smokehouse (and I mean smoky!) building inside the dining room, City Market epitomizes genuine Texas bbq.  The brisket and ribs were both first rate, but that succulent sausage is what we have dreaming about ever since.
 
6. Payne's - Memphis, TN

Payne's is further down the list than expected and that is most likely due to a poor decision on my part.  Instead of ordering the pork bbq sandwich we have enjoyed many times in the past, I tried the pork bbq plate.  As flavorful as that pork is, it really does work best with the mustardy cole slaw on top between two buns.  We will be back in Memphis in March and I don't plan on making that mistake again.
 
5. Cozy Corner - Memphis, TN


I wish the pork bbq sandwich didn't come on a sesame seed long bun, but that doesn't take away from how good the pork itself tastes.  The big hit this year was trying the juicy smoked beef sausage sandwich, served Memphis-style with cole slaw.  And Cozy Corner has one thing none of these other bbq parlors have and that's the charm of owner Desiree Robinson.
 
4. Micklethwait Craft Meats - Austin, TX




Some people who's opinions I value consider this the best bbq in Texas and I'm not here to tell you they are wrong.  A trailer with a bunch of outdoor picnic tables, it was a brutally humid August day when we stopped in.  One table had a dozen Chinese tourists oohing and awwwing at their tray full of ribs.  They were all standing around taking photos, so I joined in.  And a Modelo beer truck pulled up, partially blocking the road, so I let those guys jump in line in front of me.  In exchange, I got a photo of their gorgeous pork sandwich.  Our food can be seen on the tray and that incredibly moist and flavorful brisket is as good as I have ever had and the spicy Czech sausage isn't too far behind.
 
3. Fresh Air Barbecue - Jackson, GA


Did not see this one coming.  Knowing we had a lot of restaurants to hit on our day through central Georgia, we ordered lightly: one sandwich and some Brunswick stew.  We both took a bite simultaneously and just gave each other a knowing nod of the head.  No words needing to be exchanged, as we were in the presence of greatness.  This is bbq at it's basics, just smoky chopped pork, just a dab of a vinegar sauce and white bread.  What more do you need?  Needless to say, we went back up for two more sandwiches.
 
2.  Helen's Bar-B-Q - Brownsville, TN


Sure it's a cliché, but this place is so smoky, you really can smell the restaurant before you can see it.  The pork sandwich, topped with cole slaw is intensely smoky, with just the right amount of both inside and outside meat.  The rugged skinned Polish sausage, also topped with slaw and a sweet bbq sauce was another winner.  
 
1. Lexington #1 - Lexington, NC




It's amazing what a difference there is in flavor whether you order your pork sliced, chopped or coarse chopped.  But no matter what you decide on, it will be world class.  I stopped in here by myself driving to Charlotte and the waitress was nice enough to bring me some fried skin to try.  The next day, back with Cousin Johnny, we opted to add a smoked and grilled turkey sandwich to our lunch.  Sensational!  This is my all-time favorite bbq parlor and if there was one Roadfood restaurant I wish I could eat at everyday, this would be the one.
 
Honorable Mention:
1) Cleve Edmunds Bar-B-Que - Augusta, GA
2) Opie's BBQ - Spicewood, TX 
3) Heirloom Market BBQ - Atlanta, GA
4) Hutchins BBQ - McKinney, TX
5) Williams Bar-B-Q - West Memphis, AR
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 14:51:37 (permalink)
Great list with nice variety of styles.
 
I'm gradually making my way to the various parts of the country that specialize in barbecue and making up my mind as to what I like best. I prefer both Texas and KC style to NC, but I did enjoy my meal at Lexington BBQ in late '17 very much.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 15:36:37 (permalink)
What a list...as only buffetbuster can do!  City Market is my place....in all aspects!  
 
If you stick to ordering sides of the menu, less chance of missing out on things ala The Cozy Corner.  
 
....and yes, I'm already thinking about your bbq list for 2019!!!!  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 15:45:39 (permalink)
I didn't eat half that good. Micklethwait's definitely on the short list of best barbecue in Texas (and therefore the world).
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 15:47:36 (permalink)
Maybe a more honest title for this would be "Our-Year-In-Barbecue?" No word about other real Roadffood places, such as, but certainly not limited to, say, Harry's Place in Colchester, Conn. The list goes on. 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 15:51:10 (permalink)
Man! Now I want some BBQ and Indiana doesn't have any that looks, or is, half that good! Here's hoping for another trip South next year!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 17:25:28 (permalink)
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Maybe a more honest title for this would be "Our-Year-In-Barbecue?" No word about other real Roadffood places, such as, but certainly not limited to, say, Harry's Place in Colchester, Conn. The list goes on. 


Patience 02sbxstr, this is just the first of many lists to come in this thread.  By the time bufftebuster is finished (could be June, 2019), an abundance of Roadfood categories will be well represented.
 
Keep going bb, inquiring minds want to know, did you find the Burger of your dreams in Paradise?
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 17:27:55 (permalink)
BB, you could end this thread right now and it'd still be great!
 
So when you get that far...skip the pie and post more meat!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 17:42:07 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/17 19:13:39
BB and Mariton travel more than anyone ever that I have known on pleasure.  I have no idea how he could put a list together as they travel almost every weekend this past year.  They may have missed one week.  In my opinion they are culinary scientist.  My guess is that they dined out better than 1000 times this year and maybe much more.  To make his list should be an award of sometype to the restaurants he names.  BB is my culinary traveling hero 
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 18:30:14 (permalink)
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BB is my culinary traveling hero 
 
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Mine too. Thank you Cliff, and I look forward to reading the continuing saga.
 
David
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 18:44:58 (permalink)
Wow, what a start. The pictures are incredible....
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 19:17:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby harriet1954 2018/12/20 15:56:28
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Maybe a more honest title for this would be "Our-Year-In-Barbecue?" No word about other real Roadffood places, such as, but certainly not limited to, say, Harry's Place in Colchester, Conn. The list goes on. 




Calling out another Roadfooder for lack of honesty is pretty low especially when reflecting on post #9.  I'll match your 2018 list with buffetbuster's list, give you odds and still watch you crash and burn!  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/17 20:13:16 (permalink)
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BB, you could end this thread right now and it'd still be great!
 
So when you get that far...skip the pie and post more meat!




He is right in the first sentence. Ignore the second!  I and I'm sure others are eagerly awaiting the pie photos.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 07:29:39 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/18 14:59:45
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So when you get that far...skip the pie and post more meat!




Brad, Brad, Brad, just when you get off double secret probation, you go and make a comment like this.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 07:33:43 (permalink)
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By the time bufftebuster is finished (could be June, 2019)
 
Meant as a joke, but could prove to be way too accurate...
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 07:35:04 (permalink)
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What a list...as only buffetbuster can do!  City Market is my place....in all aspects!  
 
If you stick to ordering sides of the menu, less chance of missing out on things ala The Cozy Corner.  
 
....and yes, I'm already thinking about your bbq list for 2019!!!!  


Oh yeah, me too!  


Thanks to everyone for all of the nice comments!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 08:00:12 (permalink)
True confession time...
 
The very first meal we ate in 2018 was at a vegetarian restaurant.  I hope this doesn't get me banished from Roadfood.
 
Green Vegetarian Restaurant

is located in San Antonio and we went there for breakfast on January 1.  They have cute names for meat substitutes like Fakin' Bacon, wheat meat and wham, but surely I can make it through one meal without meat, right?  Right?  Hello, is anyone out there?
 
Actually, is was fairly easy.  Mariton very much enjoyed her steel cut oats and avocado benedict

and these are items she might have ordered anyway in a non-vegetarian restaurant.  My order was an apple, raisin and cheddar omelet

and it was perfectly satisfying.  Still, I felt like a fox in the hen house.
 
They did have a case full of lovely looking desserts,

but for some reason we passed.  We should have grabbed a couple of things to go.
 
They do have lists of famous vegans and vegetarians written on the giant chalkboard wall.
 
 
Enjoyable stop and I'm glad we went, but with this being Texas, we visited three bbq parlors the very next day.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 08:06:55 (permalink)
Off to a great start!
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 09:06:21 (permalink)
buffetbuster
 
They do have lists of famous vegans and vegetarians written on the giant chalkboard wall.
 
 
Enjoyable stop and I'm glad we went, but with this being Texas, we visited three bbq parlors the very next day.




I didn't know that Bat and Dove were vegetarian or vegan...
 
Great start with  fantastic BBQ....
 
Sadly.... Sandra did not share my love for Payne's, LC's or Louie Mueller on our big trip.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 11:22:23 (permalink)
WOW! That's the best I can do. And I know it's going to keep knocking my socks off.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 14:16:04 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/18 15:01:16
FANTASTIC start BB. Can't wait for more.
 
Mike Tyson a vegetarian? Isn't Ear meat? 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 15:15:44 (permalink)
Doesn't count; he didn't swallow.
 
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 15:19:21 (permalink)
who the heck are bat and dove?
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/18 15:22:26 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby wanderingjew 2018/12/18 16:28:45
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 07:46:06 (permalink)
buffetbuster - Is it true....once you go vegan you never go back?  
(Hog Farmers are waiting patiently on this answer...)
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 07:50:16 (permalink) ☄ Helpfulby ChiTownDiner 2018/12/19 12:14:04
CTD-
Well, the vegan lifestyle didn't take for me, nor my lechon-aholic wife.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 07:59:02 (permalink)
This will be slow going at first, especially since we still are going to New Mexico and restaurants there will undoubtedly pop up on many of the lists.  So, I am in the process of downloading photos (the neon list is massive!).  Meanwhile, I will be just be posting random stuff here and there, such as...
 
Here I am at the corner of Bartlett and Hillcrest,

in a city I am not going to name.  What is the significance to make me seek it out?  
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 08:05:54 (permalink)
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What is the significance to make me seek it out?  


No idea...I'm stumped.
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 08:06:13 (permalink)
It looks like there could possibly be the remnants of a building in the background...maybe there used to be a restaurant there?  Perhaps the first Roadfood restaurant you ever visited?  Or maybe a legendary pie shop?
 
Otherwise, it's just another sketchy area with sketchy characters.
 
EDIT: I think I know but will let others speculate.  It's not food-related, right?
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Re: Our Year in Roadfood - 2018 2018/12/19 08:12:08 (permalink)
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It looks like there could possibly be the remnants of a building in the background...maybe there used to be a restaurant there?  Perhaps the first Roadfood restaurant you ever visited?  Or maybe a legendary pie shop?
 
Otherwise, it's just another sketchy area with sketchy characters.
 
EDIT: I think I know but will let others speculate.  It's not food-related, right?


Yeah, it's in a less than desirable area nowadays.  It is not food related.
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