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Can Jackson Soul Food Play an “Inside-Outside” Game in Miami?

I’ve eaten in soul food restaurants all across the country. It’s unusual to find a soul food restaurant outside of a predominately black neighborhood, or a part of town where African Americans work. Jackson Soul Food aims to be the …
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I’m Thankful for Publix Showing What’s Possible

Though some progress is being made, it’s still uncommon for commercial retailers in the U.S. with a predominantly white clientele to showcase African Americans in their advertising. I love this Thanksgiving commercial from Publix (a retail grocery chain) for several …
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Ida B.’s Table, Baltimore, MD

I can’t say enough about the excellent dining experience that I had at Ida B’s Table, a new, “modern soul food” restaurant in Baltimore, Maryland. The restaurant is named after civil rights legend Ida B. Wells. If you don’t know …
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Hoover’s Cooking, Austin, TX

I’ve known Hoover Alexander for more than a decade, thanks to the Southern Foodways Alliance. We served on its board together. We struck up a friendship, so every time I’m in Austin, I look him up. I love visiting his …
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A Taste of Piedmont-style BBQ

Thanks to friends Carroll Leggett and Peter Hairston, I grubbed on some Piedmont-style bbq by visiting Lexington Barbecue, also known as Honey Monk’s. I had a coarse chopped pork plate with reddish bbq slaw, pickles, fries, hush puppies, Cheerwine and …
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Black’s Barbecue, Lockhart, TX

I had some free time after wrapping up my talk at the Texas Book Festival, si I trekked to Lockhart, Texas to visit some old school Texas-style barbecue places. First up was Black’s barbecue. When you enter, you line up …
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Acadiana Restaurant, Washington, D.C.

After my event at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., I caught up with a friend for a late meal at Acadiana. I’ve long wanted to eat there, but never got the chance. Fortunately, my friend Dimple was game. …
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Fargo’s Pit BBQ in Bryan, TX.

While in Austin for the Texas Book Festival, I was lucky enough to hear about another African American-owned-and-operated barbecue restaurant in Bryan, Texas (not too far from College Station, home of Texas A&M). Daniel Vaughn, Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor, love …
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Davis Grocery & BBQ in Taylor, Texas.

In preparation for my next book, I’ve been on the lookout for African American-owned-and-operated barbecue restaurants. I found a great one in Taylor, Texas. The place is run by Rev. James Davis (pictured below in black), who started a grocery …
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Terra Vita Festival 2017 Recap

I spent a few wonderful days in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. The festival explores a wide range of sustainability issues. I was on a panel discussing healthy soul food with Ed and Ryan Mitchell (a father and son whole hog …
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