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Meat, Smoke, and Time: America’s Best BBQ

Where can you find the best barbecue in America? Leaving aside, for the moment, the silliness of seeking a single best barbecue joint, the answer to that question is a very personal one. Our favorite spots may not be your favorites. Do you like ribs, pulled pork, smoked brisket? Do you prefer a lot of smoke, or a subtle hit? Do you like it spicy or do you prefer to taste mostly meat? Do you want the meat to fall apart at the slightest prodding or do you think barbecue should retain an honest chew? Is sauce the most important factor to you? Continue reading

Gus’s Fried Chicken Hits Knoxville TN Early 2016

Gus’s Fried Chicken, which began life in the 1950s in the small town of Mason, Tennessee, northeast of Memphis, will be opening their 13th store early next year in Knoxville, TN. That’s not all for the spicy-crusted bird that many folks put on their top-ten lists. By early 2016 there should also be new stores in Los Angeles, Detroit, Fort Worth, and Kansas City (where it will face especially stiff competition). Future stores are in the works for St. Louis and Philadelphia.

Winstead’s, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

We’ve encountered a style of hamburger cookery in the Midwest that we rarely see in the East. Many of these places use fresh, coarsely ground beef and smoosh it down hard on the cooktop, resulting in a thin, irregularly formed patty with crisp edges and the chaw of real beef which hasn’t been pulverized to a pulpy paste. The Kansas City chain Winstead’s makes such a burger. Continue reading

Gus’s Fried Chicken Coming to St. Louis Burbs

As part of Gus’s World Famous Fried Chicken‘s big expansion this year, they will be setting up shop in the St. Louis suburban city of Maplewood this summer. The address: 7434 Manchester Road. This will be Missouri’s first taste of Gus’s. A Kansas City Gus’s is planned for later this year.

LAF in the A.M. February 25th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CLAM CHOWDER DAY!

Gates Bar-B-Q of Independence MO Burns Down

Shake Shack Coming to Japan Next Year

Graeter’s Coming to Tennessee and Cleveland?

Giordano’s, Stunned by Indy Success, Plans Further Indiana Expansion

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LAF in the A.M. February 19th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CHOCOLATE MINT DAY!

Gus’s Fried Chicken Going National

Dining Out in Snowy Portland ME

The Best of Carolina BBQ

The Best American BBQ Cities

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L C’s Bar-B-Q, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

In the ongoing and certainly never-ending debate over which KC Q joints reign supreme, and which have passed their prime, let us nominate LC’s in the former category. For our money, LC’s is one of the greats, in Kansas City or anywhere.

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LAF in the A.M. February 3rd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL CARROT CAKE DAY!

Some Love for Arthur Bryant’s

Blondie Joins Dagwood at Sycamore

Galatoire’s Homeless Line Placeholders

Clifton’s Cafeteria of LA Making Progress

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LAF in the A.M. January 8th, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

HAPPY NATIONAL ENGLISH TOFFEE DAY!

The Z-Man!

Antoine’s at 175 Years Old

A Closer Look at NJ’s Most Iconic Restaurant

Hot Chocolate with Peppermint Marshmallows

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LAF in the A.M. January 2nd, 2015

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 10 Tucson Food Events of 2014

Bauder Pharmacy License Extended Through March

10 Most Instagrammed New Orleans Restaurants

Kansas City’s 2014 in Barbecue

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LAF in the A.M. December 29th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Barbecue on Sunday

How Is Shake Shack’s ‘Shroom Burger?

Stroud’s Bringing Fried Chicken to Independence, MO

Al’s #1 Italian Beef Groupon

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LAF in the A.M. December 23rd, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Spud Fish and Chips Coming to Edmonds WA

KC’s Golden Ox Has Closed

First Vegas Shake Shack Opens Monday

The Last Days of Cafe Edison

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LAF in the A.M. December 19th, 2014

A Morning Menu of LAF-Style Food News and Stories to Begin Your Day

Top 40 Food Cities in U.S.

Tulsa Lobster

How to Spend Only a Few Hours in Chicago

An Interview with Tony Luke Jr.

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Gates Bar-B-Q, Kansas City MO

REVIEW

As soon as you walk in you are hit with a greeting of “Hi, may I help you?” Of course, if you’re new here then at least a quick scan of the overhead menu will be necessary. So step aside and listen to the regulars place their orders: it’s like another language. Folks here are very specific about how they want their meats cut, their meals prepared. Slice this cut of beef in such-and-such a manner from that side, extra meat on a roll. None of these options appear on the menu, mind you; they are simply the requests of experienced barbecue eaters who know what they like. Newcomers can get flustered and overwhelmed. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. November 23rd, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Po-Boy Fest in NOLA Today

Review of Arthur Bryant’s Sauce

Looking Back at Hope Lancarte, Matriarch of Joe T. Garcia’s

Two Limited Edition Holiday Flavors at Garrett

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LAF in the A.M. November 10th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest

One of our favorite all-time festivals is going on right now. The Wurstfest, in New Braunfels, Texas, is a German/Texan celebration of beer, sausage, and music. The eating, for carnivores, is spectacular, much of it supplied by the New Braunfels Smokehouse, which produces those sausage kabobs you see pictured at the top of this post. In all, the NB Smokehouse expects to sell over 40,000 pounds of sausage at the Wurstfest. Read more about the New Braunfels Smokehouse and the Wurstfest in The Herald-Zeithung. The festival continues through Sunday the 16th. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. October 31st, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Maybe Billy Butler Shoulda Had the Brisket

Professional baseball players, on the whole, are a pretty superstitious bunch. If they called their mother and didn’t shave the morning of a win, you can bet Mom will be receiving wake-up calls and that beard will continue to grow as long as the team keeps winning. KC Royals DH Billy Butler had lunch at Joe’s Kansas City Tuesday and the Royals that night proceeded to win game six of the World Series 10-0. Butler had a double and an RBI. So there he was at Joe’s Kansas City again Wednesday, dining on ribs, beans, and Mountain Dew. Unfortunately for Butler and Kansas City fans, Butler singled in four at bats and the Royals lost the final World Series game to the Giants, 3-2. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. October 27th, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Graeter’s Watch

The newest Graeter’s ice cream shop opened Friday in Norwood, a city surrounded by Cincinnati, in the University Station development. Continue reading

LAF in the A.M. October 21st, 2014

A Morning Menu of Stories We Think You’ll Find Interesting

Good Eats in Revere MA

CNN Ranks the 12 Best Meat-Eating Cities in the U.S.

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Loves Eating, Especially in Chicago

A Visit with the Owner of Geno’s Steaks

Difficult Times for the Owners of Mr. Mac’s Canteen

Shake Shack Watch

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Take a KC Barbecue Tour!

Are you planning a first-time visit to Kansas City? Or maybe you’re a frequent visitor, or even a resident, who would just like to get a better handle on, and a behind-the-scenes look at, the local Q scene. If so, you might want to consider taking a tour with KC Barbecue Tours. They offer two different tours. The midday Original Kansas City Barbecue Tour visits four Q joints. The four may vary but one recent visitor said they went to LC’s, Woodyard, Gates, and Arthur Bryant’s, all, in our opinion, worth a visit. Continue reading

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