Upcoming – Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival

June 26, 2013

My favorite food and beverage tasting event is coming up next month – The Attack of the Killer Tomato Festival. Space is limited and it will sell out. Tickets are $55, but they go up in a few days. Press release, participant details, ticket links below. Here are photos and a video from a couple […]

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Gavage [Tampa, Asheville, AJ’s, Heirloom, Calle Latina, Miso Izakaya]

April 12, 2013

Been a while since I’ve had a Gavage post, in which I dump a bunch of content not necessarily appropriate for a single topic post. You could also call it the “hey, look what I’ve been doing” series, or the “yeah, I eat and drink a lot and my doctor said I may have a […]

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Ben’s Brown Bag

April 5, 2013

First there was LeRoy’s Chicken (Leh-Roy, not Lee-Roy, bubba). They had everything going for it – high quality chicken, a classically trained and respected chef, rich and trendy pork lard for frying, and beautiful broasting fryers. Everything, except a consistently well executed fried chicken with an enjoyable (read: not flacid and falling apart gummy) exterior. […]

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Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano

March 5, 2013

Finally made it over to Gio’s Chicken Amalfitano, the second coming from The Apostle of Pizza. It’s next door to his pizza place – Antico. It’s communal, like his pizza place. You order at the counter and wait for your food, like the pizza place. The prices aren’t necessarily low, but the quality of the […]

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2013 Liberty Park/Westside Chili Cook Off

February 7, 2013

Those of you who know me personally have probably received emails about this (more than you care for, likely), but the 6th annual chili cook-off that a buddy and I put on is a little over two weeks away, and anyone (non-weirdos, please) is welcome. Like last year, the casual cook-off will be held upstairs […]

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Bone Lick BBQ

December 13, 2012

Post number 247 in the “I took the photos, so here they are” series – another visit to Bone Lick BBQ. It’s not far from home, and I wanted to give it another chance after my first visit. We tried a few things. The bacon wrapped sausage topped with cheese is sort of silly, but […]

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The Optimist – Oyster Bar

November 13, 2012

 My first visit to the Optimist was right after they opened, and on the restaurant’s dime. I liked it overall. A skate wing was very poor, and has since been removed from the menu. As everyone says, the Smith Hanes space is stunning, a large hull of a room, rocking with people below the viewport […]

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Bocado & STG Trattoria

November 5, 2012

After visiting both of owner Brian Lewis’ restaurant in one week, I figured I would post them together. They are both well established at this point, though both STG Trattoria and Bocado have seen recent change. STG is now serving brunch, and Chef Todd Ginsberg left Bocado to join up with the Johnson’s of West […]

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