19 Smart Kitchen Stops & 4,243 Miles
It is hard to imagine that it is almost time to start the second, return leg, of the Summer Food Drive 2011, but it is. There is consequently a lot of pressure to wrap up Smart Kitchen’s Lesson 7 and get to power blogging on the stops still remaining from The Summer Food Drive, Part 1. And there are some good ones.
We will get to them, perhaps on the road or back in the dessert. The plan as it currently stands is outlined below. Let us know if you have any favorites or thoughts on the stops.
Stop 1 – Mile Marker 237.2 – Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Cafe
Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Café is supposed to have unbeatable, Chesapeake Bay seafood. People from the desert should not pass up opportunities for fresh seafood.
Jimmy Cantler’s Riverside Café: 458 Forest Beach Road, Annapolis, MD 21409 (410) 757-1311
Stop 2 – Mile Marker 271.9 – Good Stuff Eatery
Good Stuff Eatery is a restaurant by Spike Mendelsohn, (and his mother Cathy) who became a chef at age 13, eventually attended the Culinary Institute of America, where he won the Francis Roth award. He has worked in the kitchens of Chef Gerard Boyer at the famous Restaurant Les Crayeres in Reims, France, Thomas Keller at Bouchon in Napa Valley, the Maccioni Family at Le Cirque, and Chef Michael Huynh at Mai House in Tribeca, which won two stars from the New York Times only a few months after it opened and was named one of the 10 best restaurants of 2008 by the New York Times. Spike was also a Top Chef Contestant and part of the subject matter of one of our blog post about Learning to Cook Remotely.
Good Stuff Eatery: 303 Pennsylvania Ave S.E., Washington, D.C. 20003 (202) 543 8222
Stop 3 – Mile Marker 281.7 – Peking Gourmet
Peking Gourmet has a reputation for its Peking Duck and Jeo Yan Shrimp. This visit is on the Summer Food Drive because of a recommendation by Smart Kitchen friend AllieB.
Peking Gourmet: 6029 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041 (703) 671 8088
Stop 4 – Mile Marker 392.7 – Q by Tuffy Stone
Q is the BBQ restaurant opened by BBQ champ George Tuffy Stone.
Q Barbeque: 2077 Walmart Way, Modlothian, VA 23113 (804) 897 9007
Stop 5 – Mile Marker 604.7 – JS Pulliam BBQ
JS Pulliam BBQ known as a regional favorite and for hot dogs, BBQ and nostalgia.
JS Pulliam: 4538 Old Walkertown Rd, Winston-Salem, NC 27105 (336) 767-2211
Stop 6 – Mile Marker 711.7 – The Pit
The Pit is known for whole hog & pit cooked BBQ. It has a reputation as one of the best Carolina BBQ joints.
The Pit: 328 West Davie Street, Raleigh, NC (919) 890 4500
Stop 7 – Mile Marker 712.1 – Clyde Cooper’s BBQ
Clyde Cooper’s BBQ has been serving slow cooked Carolina BBQ (Pork Shoulder & Hams) since 1938. I ate there once with Mrs. P Chef, before blogging and want to refresh my opinion.
Clyde Cooper’s Barbeque: 109 E Davie St. Raleigh, NC 919 832 7614 (919) 832-7614
Stop 8 – Mile Marker 793.5 – B’s BBQ
B’s BBQ is reportedly such a good Eastern Carolina BBQ that B’s in Greenville sells out early every day. I’m pulling an overnight between Clyde’s and B’s to get there early and make sure I’m not skunked by the local demand chomping down the supply. B’s BBQ is on the NC BBQ Society’s BBQ trail but has no phone, yet alone a web site.
B’s Barbeque: 751 B’s Barbecue Rd Greenville, NC27834 (252) 758-7126
B’s Barbeque on the NCBBQSociety Web Site
Stop 9 – Mile Marker 807 – The Skylight Inn
The Skylight Inn is Pete Jones’ Eastern NC BBQ Joint established in 1947. Whole hogs are cooked over wood coals for 16 hours. There is no website and a report that the new owners are not slinging the Q as Pete would have, but we like to see for ourselves. And the building looks pretty cool.
The Skylight Inn: 1501 S. Lee Street, Ayden NC (252) 746-4113
The Skylight Inn on the North Carolina BBQ Society Web Site.
Stop 10 – Mile Marker 845.9 – Wilber’s BBQ
Wilber’s has been cooking Pork Shoulders and Whole Hogs since 1962 and Hill’s BBQ was on the same site before Wilber and his partner bought the place back then.
Wilber’s Barbeque: 4172 U.S. 70, Goldsboro, NC 27534 (919) 778-5218
Stop 11 – Mile Marker 854.2 – Grady’s BBQ
Grady’s BBQ has been doing Eastern NC style Whole Hog BBQ since 1986. Fans say it is one of the best in the state. They do have a phone but no web site.
Grady’s Barbeque: 3096 Arrington Bridge Road, Dudley NC (919) 735 7243
Grady’s on the North Carolina BBQ Society Web Site.
Stop 12 – Mile Marker 1036.2 – Scott’s BBQ
Scott’s BBQ is a pit cooked South Carolina BBQ joint with a stellar reputation. It was feeling like a long leg from North Carolina to I-10 in Florida, so a visit to Scott’s was in order.
Scott’s Barbeque: 2734 Hemingway Highway, Hemingway, SC (843) 558 0134
Stop 13 – Mile Marker 2472.2 – Alpha Bakery
Alpha Bakery is supposed to make one of the best Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches in Texas. Did you do a double take? I did when I first heard that but surprisingly Texas has one of the largest Vietnamese communities in the U.S. I have been curious about this community and their Asian food in Texas for a long time. It is in the Hong Kong Mall, ground zero for Asian food in Houston, so I will seek out some Pho, Crayfish etc.
Alpha Bakery: 11209 Bellaire Blvd Houston 77072 (281) 988 5222
Stop 14 – Mile Marker 2565.2 – Martin’s Place
Martin’s Place has been in the same family since 1925 & is an official Texas Historical Landmark. Martin’s Place also had a great picture in Saveur’s Recent BBQ Issue. I just had to see it for myself and see if the barbeque was as ordinary as Robb Walsh, formerly a restaurant reviewer at the Houston Press, and author of the Legends of Texas Barbecue an interesting read on BBQ, says it is.
Martin’s Place: 3403 S College Ave, Bryan, TX 77801-3308 (979) 822-2031
Stop 15 – Mile Marker 2767.8 – Taylor Café
Taylor Café is around the corner from the famous Luis Mueller Barbeque restaurant, but I have been to a Luis Mueller location outside of Dallas and can skip it this time. I’m excited to have some of Vencil Mares fabulous Turkey Sausage and smoky Brisket at Taylor Café instead. I couldn’t find a reliable source on the web for their hours (they have no website) but phoned and spoke with Scott over there. He assured me they would be open at 8 AM for me the day I pass through from New Jersey.
Quick to smell out an opportunity, Scott managed to wrangle a promise out of me. I promised to make the attempt to get him a Stone Pony shirt (2X because things are bigger in Texas). Apparently, Scott is a Bruce Springsteen fan.
Taylor Café: 101 N. Main St. Taylor, TX (512) 352 8475
No Web Site
Stop 16 – Mile Marker 2798 – Snow’s BBQ
Snow’s BBQ is on a number of lists including Texas Monthly’s as the best BBQ in Texas. Before the BBQarratzi mention that they are only open on Saturdays, I know. I also know I am passing by on a Wednesday. It will be a “one that got away visit.” In three years of doing Summer Food Drives, Mrs. P Chef has never scheduled a convenient start date that puts me in Texas on a Friday (I could wait around a day) or Saturday. Mt. Zion BBQ also in Texas is in the same slot and got away last year.
Snow’s BBQ: 516 Main Street Lexington, TX 78947
Stop 17 – Mile Marker 2924 – Magnolia Pancake Haus
Someplace in my notes I once wrote down that a good place to eat in Texas was the Magnolia Pancake Haus. I don’t remember why, or what was supposed to be so good, but I figure I should trust my past self and honor the old note. Maybe my current self will learn something new. The way my day is scheduled, I will have to push it to make it there by the time they close at 2 PM. Okay now I peeked at the web menu. My past self may have been doing my current self a solid. : )
Magnolia Pancake Haus: 606 Embassy Oaks, San Antonio, TX 78216 (210) 496-0828
Stop 18 – Mile Market 3092 – King Ranch
King Ranch is only the quintessential Texas Ranch, by itself as big as the state of Rhode Island. Ford made its top of the line pick-up trim a Kings Ranch edition. The SmartKitchenMobile is a Ford pick-up, so that is enough for me. Add in the nostalgia, western history, beef innovations like the Santa Gertrudis breed and I’m in for an extra 4 hours or more of driving.
King Ranch: 405 North 6th Street, Kingsville. Texas 78363 (361) 595 -1881
Stop 19 – Mile Marker 4243 – Smart Kitchen
1151 miles and 18 hours or more of drive time left from King Ranch to the Smart Kitchen, The Smartest Way to Learn to Cook,™ and the little P Chef’s birthdays. That is some time to digest and contemplate.
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