Posts Tagged ‘Gourmet Magazine’


August 5th, 2022 by Michael Stern

A few years back, country singer Ray Stevens invited a New York friend to join him at one of his favorite Nashville lunchrooms, a place called Hap Townes. The New Yorker was a professional efficiency expert whose business was telling restaurateurs how to be successful. When he and Ray arrived at Hap Townes, a one-room … Continue reading Meat-And-Three

Top 12 favorite Ice Cream Scoops

June 8th, 2022 by Michael Stern

WITH THE EXCEPTION of the hot dog bun, there has never been an edible invention as useful as the ice cream cone. Eat it all and leave nothing behind but a napkin. No need to sit down, and only one hand is required. We’ve hardly ever met a cone we didn’t like, but these are … Continue reading Top 12 favorite Ice Cream Scoops

Top 5 BBQ Restaurants | Western Kentucky

March 15th, 2022 by Michael Stern

Get yourself to Western Kentucky for great BBQ I see the food shows on TV where they go all over the place looking for barbecue,” says pitmaster Lowell Jewell, “and I think, ‘Why don’t you come to western Kentucky and eat the real thing?’ ” Good advice. Following the barbecue trail west of Louisville along … Continue reading Top 5 BBQ Restaurants | Western Kentucky

Ever since we first ate margarine-sauced pompano at Lusco’s, in Greenwood, Mississippi, a quarter century ago, we’ve considered the cotton capital of the world a destination dining city. Waiters sidle through Sears catalog floral-print curtains into Lusco’s private back-room dining booths as the plaints of blues musicians float from the sound system. It’s all a … Continue reading Best restaurants in Greenwood, MS | Hot Licks Delta Style

BEING LOVERS of cowboy boots, we thought we knew a thing or two about pointy toes. Then we went to Rome. When we saw the shoes worn by fashionable Italian men and women, we suddenly felt like we were walking around in clunking shoe boxes. One of our most vivid images from a week of … Continue reading The best coffee, pizza and bakeries in Rome | Roamin’ Holiday

Datil Be Fine

April 1st, 2021 by Michael Stern

Minorcan clam chowder looks like Manhattan clam chowder, and a first taste reinforces the resemblance. But soon a glow starts at the back of the throat, and after a few mouthfuls the heat begins to build. Midway through a bowl, your tongue is on fire and your lips feel as if they might go numb. … Continue reading Datil Be Fine

Roast chicken is usually demure, but in Rhode Island it’s outlandish. All around Woonsocket, in the Blackstone Valley north of Providence, the extremely tiny state sports extremely gigantic restaurants that serve boundless bowls of chicken along with pasta and fried potatoes to challenge the most robust trencherman. Meals are dished out family-style, preceded by garlicky … Continue reading The best chicken dinner in Rhode Island | Big Bird in a Little State

Claw and Order

August 20th, 2019 by Lorelai Dunn

By Jane and Michael Stern Originally Published 2009 Gourmet Magazine Faidley’s is the big fish in a big pond. It’s the anchor store of the Lexington Market, Baltimore’s grazing paradise, where you can indulge in the likes of Angie’s soul-food plate lunch or a Mary Mervis shrimp salad sandwich and top it all off with … Continue reading Claw and Order

A Really Big Shoe

August 20th, 2019 by Michael Stern

Horseshoe sandwiches are ubiquitous in Springfield, Illinois, but no one eats them anywhere else. Like many folk foods, they’re hard to define, but all share a toasted bread base, a pile of some meat or other, a slathering of sauce, and, in place of the usual toast topper, a full spud canopy. A modern “shoe” … Continue reading A Really Big Shoe


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