Some of the best brisket I ever had was at the Lucky Rooster. Remember that place?
Whatever happened to the quality at Calhoun's? When I lived in Knoxville in the mid-80's, Calhoun's had outstanding barbecue. Last time I tried it they had [Insert Bad Word Here].
How the mighty have fallen. On my last trip to Knoxville three weeks ago, I ate at Calhouns and the barbeque was literally inedible. The ribs were tough and dry, with no hint of a smoky taste. I had to send it back. The next night I searched for Rouxbarbeque, only to discover that the place had closed due, apparently, to a dispute between the chef, Bruce Bogertz, and his partner. Fortunately, Bogertz has another Knoxville location, Rouxbarb, www.rouxbarbfood.com
, and I went there. The barbeque sampler was among the best I have had anywhere, with huge portions of pork spare ribs and chicken. The meat was so good that it didn't need sauce, and, accordingly, no sauce was provided. The other dishes offered looked good, also, but when I go back later this week on my next trip to Knoxville, it will be for the barbeque.