Thanks for the hints. (I'll take a look at the documentary about Melody tomorrow. I don't think I knew she had died. I'll ask Gary about it.)
So, my possibles for Texas are as follows (I'm a little embarrassed to put down so many.) Any advice would be appreciated. I probably need to remove at least 6-10. I just don't think I'll have the time.
Austin: Le Barbecue; Franklin Barbecue; John Mueller Meat Co.
Lockhart: Smitty's; Black's; Chisholm Trail BBQ; Kreuz
Taylor: Louie Mueller; Taylor Cafe (I like the recommendation for Round Lake Donuts)
La Grange: Prause's Market
Tioga: Clark's Outpost
Luling: City Market
Kerrville: Bill's; Buzzie's
Drifwood: Salt Lick
Dallas: Sweet Georgia Brown; Pecan Lodge; Norma's Cafe
Fort Worth: Cooper's; Railhead; Angelo's; Cattleman's steak house
And by the way, I'm thinking at this point that I'll be driving down and will stop on the way at:
Nashville: Loveless Cafe
Hot Springs: McClard's; Stubby's
Greenville: Doe's Eat Place
And on the way home:
Shawnee, OK: Van's Pig Stand
Springfield, IL: Cozy Dog
Table for one means a lot less capacity and you'll have to exercise caution while enjoying as many places as possible...I would consider...
Hoover's Cooking - a great (one of my favs) alternative to BBQ
Kolache Factory or
The Big Kolache - both of these provide a different kolache than Chicago style, make sure to try the savory versions
The Salt Lick - bbq
Kreutz, Smitty's, Black's - all three have superb BBQ...love 'em all
To the North -
Round Rock Donuts in Round Rock and Louis Mueller's in Taylor are an easy pairing.
Hope this helps...
With regard to Melody...here's an interesting link that commemorates here life....
My group will be a group of one, just me. Although for my trip coming up in April, two of the days I will be joined by a friend. But I'm pretty sure Texas will be just me. I've been doing OK with NC barbecue because I can generally do with a sandwich or plate of barbecue. I'm worried about Texas (and some of the other places I'm hoping to go) where they will have brisket and ribs (and beef ribs) as well as chopped or pulled pork.
I remember Melody. Didn't she marry a clarinet player and start using his name as well? I'm remembering Karner, but that might not be right. I think I might have played something with her at one time, but it was certainly decades ago.
Hi David -
Traveling with a small group really allows you to experience more restaurant stops as you can share a lot of items. The optimal group for me is 3 - 5, and even in a large group like a bus tour, you usually end up sharing with your tablemates which often numbers 3 - 5!
Will you be traveling alone or with a group?
Depending on your stops, some may play a smaller role as in a donut shop, ice cream store or a candy shop. This allows for smaller quantities while still experiencing the ambience of the destination. BBQ stops present a whole new challenge as you usually want to sample several meats, sides and cobblers!
Let me know your group size and I'll reply back.
Separately...congratulations on a distinguished 40 year career with one of the great symphonies of the world! By any chance did you ever cross paths with a pianist by the name of Melody Lord?
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