, I've really enjoyed your reports! We're going through STL this summer on Route 66 and will keep the aforementioned spots in mind, especially that chicken at the Goody Goody.
Your slam of the Beacon, however -- well, being from South Carolina, naturally I take a little umbrage at your swipe. But "elevated to a pseudo-tourist attraction"? My good man, the Beacon was mega-popular with locals waaaay before Roadfood lauded it, before the Food & Travel Channels "discovered" it. Were you disappointed because you had to wait in line for a long time? The food was too greasy for you? What, exactly? You wouldn't've written that statement without having some idea about how readers would react. Do tell -- for there is nothing even remotely touristy in Spartanburg. Sure, the Beacon sells T-shirts, caps, and even J.C. Stroble bobbleheads, but that doesn't make them a tourist attraction, even in the pseudo sense.
Sounds like you had a bad experience at Arthur Bryant's, too, and that's a shame. It's a consistent bane to some on this site, though it's a gem to others, including us. We've only been once, and it was spectacular: food, service, atmosphere, the whole vibe of the place. Meeting Zataar
on that trip was a definite highlight, which led to her sage recommendation of RJ's Bob-Be-Que in Mission, KS.
I do look forward to seeing more of your food photos. That chicken looked darn good, but I was sad to see the waffle -- the thick Belgian variety. My favorite chicken 'n' waffles have fortunately been with the (now) old-timey thin kind with small indentations -- and those irons are disappearing everywhere. In any case, keep writing and keep posting!