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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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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2018 Gheens Bon Mange Festival

When Mr Bill died it didn’t take long for his family to bulldoze his old watering hole, Bill’s Place. Last year at Gheens Bon Mange the destruction of the only bar in town was a hot topic. This year tempers … Continue reading

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Louisiana Daily Photo: 2018 Original Big 7 Second Line In New Orleans

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Central Pizza In Lafayette, Louisiana

Central Pizza put on the most naked display of raw greed I’ve ever witnessed in a Louisiana restaurant.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Joe’s Bakery In Austin Texas

At 5:45am Austin is lovely. The tens of thousands of construction workers have not arrived at their high-paying jobs dismantling the Eastside, rush hour is still 30 minutes away and for just a few more minutes you can fantasize that … Continue reading

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

One of the highlights of my yearly trips to the Netherlands is a visit to Zeist, a tiny community near Amsterdam that hosts Stichting De Ezelsociëteit, a tidy and well-run donkey sanctuary.

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Boat Trip Through The Canals Of Amsterdam Netherlands

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: Jake’s Fresh Country Sausage In Bardstown Kentucky

Big Jim Sullivan loved sausage. My grandfather raised Duroc hogs on a farm straddling the Knox and Laurel County lines in southeastern Kentucky, starting in the roaring twenties and not ending til he died of dementia in a nursing home … Continue reading

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On The Road With RL Reeves Jr: 2018 Ladies and Men Of Unity Second Line In New Orleans

I filed a field report on this past weekend’s big 2018 Ladies and Men Of Unity Second Line In New Orleans

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