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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Ian Noe at The Burl In Lexington, Kentucky

I traveled to The Burl in Lexington, Kentucky recently to see Ian Noe perform. It was a 1500 mile roundtrip. Noe’s from Beattyville, Kentucky, hard up in the Appalachians, and he writes eloquently on the hard times that folks in … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Burger Zaken in Amsterdam, Noord Holland

The hookers are slowly being driven from their ancestral grounds of Amsterdam’s Red Light District. A recent evening ramble across the old district found the storied window girls to be in short supply; replaced by high end, chichi boutiques, coffee … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Stichting De Ezelsociëteit in Zeist, Netherlands

Donkeys are the philosophers of the animal kingdom. If you don’t believe me just do a little research on writers of yore like Giulio Landi (1551), Giovan Battista Pino (1550), Nicolas Machiavelli (1469-1527), and most famously Joannes Buridanus (1292-1363) Once … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2019 Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana

I’m busted up. Broke down. Bloodied.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Carnitas Lonja in San Antonio is Glorious

You cannot get top flight carnitas tacos in New Orleans, Louisiana. Our food scene is nonpareil but if you tried to live off world-class tacos in Orleans Parish you’d wind up destitute and shaking a tin cup underneath the Claiborne … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday Party in New Orleans

The Mardi Gras Indians Super Sunday party is like Fat Tuesday and Christmas all rolled into one. RL Reeves Jr filed the following report from this year’s event link

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Innside Restaurant In Chattanooga

Bam. Bam. Bam. Bam. The cop was beating so hard on the window of my Econoline I was afraid he was going to shatter the glass. It was the middle of the night, pounding rain, and I was in a … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2019 Tet Fest In New Orleans’ Little Vietnam

Village De L’Est in New Orleans East is colloquially known as Little Vietnam to certain locals. At Mary Queen of Vietnam church the parishioners pool their resources and throw a massive food party once a year to celebrate the Vietnamese … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Farm Market Restaurant in Lexington Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky is just far enough north to not necessarily be held to the tenets of southern hospitality. Tell me of the restaurant you last visited in Mississippi or Alabama that refused to serve you a glass of cold tap … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Blue Door Smokehouse In Lexington, Kentucky

There was an old black man with an iron smoker mounted in the bed of a Ford pickup truck who used to park on the side of the road near Sawmill Holler in Whitley County, Kentucky.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Roxie’s Grocery in Memphis

“Are you Mr Roxie?” Red Miller, married to Miss Roxie for 52 years smiles “Yes I am” The bespectacled, elderly gentleman running the cash register at tiny Roxie’s Grocery in The Pinch neighborhood of Memphis is friendly, and happy to … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2018 Festival Of Old Times In Raceland Louisiana

I was fortunate to spend an afternoon talking to old Cajun boat builder Rodney Cheramie at the 2018 Festival of Old Times in Raceland, Louisiana.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Hicks Hot Tamales In Clarksdale Mississippi

Highway 61 opens on to vast prairies as you leave Tennessee and head south into Mississippi’s Delta region. I had just spent 44 hours in Memphis and was driving home to New Orleans when I decided to take the long … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: The Taco Trucks Of Tarrant Alabama

Tarrant is a rough and tumble foundry town a moments drive north of Birmingham on Highway 79. If you want to buy a cheap, wood-frame house, and you don’t mind living in the shadow of the largest merchant producer of … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Winners 2018 Brady Texas World Championship Barbecue Goat Cook Off

“Sunday turn-in sucks. I don’t know what the hell they’re thinking”

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Craft Burger In Birmingham Alabama

I used to love riding my skateboard around downtown Birmingham when I was a teenager.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Anchor Grill in Covington Kentucky (est. 1946)

The ashtrays are all gone. The puritans that run Kenton County had their moment in the sun back in 2011, and late nights at the Anchor Grill were changed forever. We loved the old truck drivers and stevedores who used … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Berea College Farm Store In Berea Kentucky

It’s a 700 mile drive from New Orleans to the Berea College Farm Store but it’s one I make at least twice a year to lay in provisions that I can’t find in Louisiana.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Breakfast King In Denver Colorado (est.1975)

I was eating a late lunch at Columbine Steakhouse in Denver when owner Irene told me she knew of the best breakfast restaurant in town. “Go to Breakfast King, it’s terrific,” she went on to mention that it was her … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Rocky’s Hot Chicken Shack in Asheville North Carolina

In a shack. Down by the river. With a group of long-haired rock and rollers from Kentucky.

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