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Hot Chick Fried Chicken ~ Richmond, VA

Fried Chicken, The South By August 9, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Hot Chick 7th N 17th Street Richmond VA 23129 
the eats: Fried Chicken meals + Fried Chicken Sandwiches
the bucks: $11-$15 a person
the full nelson: Better Nashville Hot Chicken than I had in Nashville . . .

Hot Chick Fried Chicken hits the mark

Down in the historic Shockoe slip of Richmond VA, Hot Chick Fried Chicken hits the two most important factors in great fried chicken: crunchy exterior and juicy meat. Bam. That’s it. That’s what it takes. And the crazy part is that when I took my first bite of Hot Chick and experienced that crunchy exterior and juicy interior, it happened not in the dining room, but after it had been bagged up and brought back to an AirBnB some 10 minutes away. That is an exceptional feat.

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Central BBQ ~ Memphis TN

Barbecue, The South By August 6, 2020 Tags: , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Central BBQ 147 E. Butler Ave Memphis TN +multiple locations in Memphis and Nashville
the eats: Ribs, pulled pork, pulled chicken, mac and cheese, collard greens
the bucks: $15 a head for meats by the pound and sides, sandwiches run under $10
the full nelson: a Memphis BBQ institution that disappointed . . .

Central BBQ in Memphis Tennessee has its fans, of this I am sure. Yeah I could tell you their high score on Yelp and the fact that they make the rounds of best BBQ in Memphis lists. But I like to source my own intel from, well, you:

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Green River BBQ ~ Saluda N.C.

Barbecue, The South By August 4, 2020 Tags: , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Green River BBQ 131 Highway 176 Saluda NC 28773
the eats: Pulled Pork, Ribs, Tomato Pie, Collard Greens
the bucks: $10 a head when you order meats by pound + sides
the full nelson: decent BBQ in a cozy North Carolina mountain 

Green River BBQ had a tough act to follow. The day before me and my crew had an epic Eastern Carolina BBQ lunch from The Pig in Chapel Hill N.C. and that was some of the best barbecue I have had in years. Green River BBQ at best might make for a decent lunch stop when trekking in the mountains of North Carolina but you will be getting your pulled pork fix and that is seldom a bad thing.

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The Pig Whole Hog BBQ ~ Chapel Hill N.C.

Barbecue, The South By July 27, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: The Pig Whole Hog BBQ 630 Weaver Dairy Road Chapel Hill N.C. 27514
the eats: Pulled Pork, Pork Ribs, Pork Cheek, you get the idea 
the bucks: $10 a head if you’re doing meats by the pound
the full nelson: why folks from North Carolina love their bbq

The Pig Whole Hog BBQ is pretty much exactly that. A whole hog that has been rendered oh so tender with robust with flavor that can only come from whole hog cooking. And The Pig ain’t serving up your average swine either. Their pork is locally raised, hormone and antibiotic free. Plus you can get pulled pork sandwich for $6 bucks. My kinda spot.

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Three Fold Noodle ~ Little Rock AR

Asian, The South By July 7, 2020 Tags: , , , , , , , No Comments

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The Vitals:
the spot: Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co 611 S. Main St. Little Rock AR 72201(one of two locations)
the eats: The Half and Half – Dumplings + Noodles
the bucks: $10
the full nelson: legit dumplings in a slick setting that makes you respect the Little Rock food scene

Three Fold Noodle and Dumpling Co is the kind of place you want to have in your neighborhood. I’ve been to Little Rock once before, over 20 years ago and me thinks the food scene has changed a lot. Slick atmosphere, authentic Chinese fare and affordable prices make a statement in any city and that’s what makes Three Fold Noodle a total gem. Now let’s talk about what you need to order . . .

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Golden Brown & Delicious ~ Greenville S.C.

Best Thing I Ever Ate, East Coast, The South By September 4, 2019 Tags: , , , , No Comments

The Vitals:
the spot: Golden Brown & Delicious 1269 Pendleton St. Greenville SC 29611
the eats: Smoked Fish Bagel, Burger, Fried Chicken Sandwich, really whatever you want
the bucks: $10 or less, not including fries
the full nelson: the restaurant all the chefs in town were talking about

It’s been almost two years since I walked into the doors of Golden Brown & Delicious but the memory of the smoked sable on a toasted bagel dressed to the 9s certainly does linger. And being featured on an episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate only adds fuel to my fire of needing to post about this spot to the world.

If you caught that episode of Best Thing I Ever Ate in June, you saw that the deli spirit is alive and well in America. Still, I’m quite happy to save my bagel noshing for New York City. Russ and Daughter’s is a personal fav of mine and I know I am not alone in that sentiment. But exceptional bagels happen outside of Gotham, just ask anyone in Greenville SC.

Yes, I said Greenville SC . . .

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