In the beginning, God created the heavens and the Earth. He made the cow for cheeseburgers, the chicken for the Baptists, and the pig for barbecuing. And boy, was it good!
When I was considering the move to New York City, one of the first things I did was scope out the local barbecue scene. Before we go any further, let me give you what I call, "Todd's Barbecue Primer." Barbecue is pig. If you invite someone over to your house for barbecue, there'd better be a piece of pork somewhere on the table. Burgers and hot dogs do not constitute a barbecue.
And since I've got a good number of readers from the Lone Star State, I'll avoid the raging debate over beef vs. pig barbecue. But I do want to tell you about a Texas barbecue joint that opened here in New York. It's called The Hill Country. The food is excellent --- but the iced tea --- well, that's another story. I'm a big tea drinker. When I got my bill, I noticed my bar tab was $12. The iced tea was four bucks a glass! And the refills were not free. Sweet Mercy!
1. Stay away from restaurants that serve all you can eat buffets. My good buddy Morris and I were on assignment in Biloxi, Miss. We stopped at a Chinese restaurant with a buffet longer than the wall of China. By the time we were made our third pass through --- the owner cut off the unlimited flow of poo poo platter. "No more food for you," he said. "You have enough." The last time I passed through Biloxi, the all-you-can-eat buffet was gone. When you eat out, order off the menu. Don't order an appetizer and ask the server if they offer smaller portions.