– Congratulations to Buxton Hall on being named one of Bon Appétit’s 50 Best New Restaurants (full list here)
– Washington Post critic Jim Shahin visits the barbecue scene in Charleston and calls it “the future of barbecue”
– Extra Crispy has a new bacon critic and he leans on two folks for advice heading into the job: Texas Monthly’s barbecue editor Daniel Vaughn and the Denver Post’s cannabis critic Jake Browne
– The Raleigh News & Observer is doing a “Best-Kept Secrets” series of articles and has one on barbecue
– The story of a “cowboy barbecue” at the Fortuna Cowboy Rodeo in California
– While Grant and his family moved to Chattanooga a few weeks back, his impressive backlog of stories about Atlanta-area restaurants is just now winding down; as he now shifts his focus to his new home, he looks back on his favorite Atlanta restaurants, including two barbecue joints: Old Brick Pit and Heirloom Market
– The Smoking Ho joined the Chicago-based Man Meat BBQ podcast for a conversation recently
– City Barbeque is opening their first Charlotte-area restaurant later this month; check out Speedy’s review of the Cary location here
– Beer and barbecue, pt 1
– Beer and barbecue, pt 2
– A Toronto Star travel writer visits Picnic in Durham and calls it a “bellwether for social change”
House Bill 2 (a.k.a. HB2, a.k.a. “the bathroom law”) exploded out of nowhere in March. Dickson promptly ordered new bathroom signage showing Picnic’s disdain for the state government edict that people must go to washrooms that match the gender on their birth certificate.
Thing is, the law only applies to public buildings and schools, not private businesses. North Carolina, he says, has a “proud tradition of being a progressive Southern state,” and HB2 is not a true reflection of it.