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Attempted Culinary Seclusion

As I said in my last report, it was clearly time to quit while I was ahead and get out of Chattanooga.

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I Heart Chattanooga

Energized from yesterday’s change of heart, I kicked into high gear. Today was quite a ride. I can’t believe I did all the following in one day … but I did. It’s a testament to the chowconnaissance strategy of taking only tiny bites, painful though it i

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Cheerfully Chowhounding Chattanooga

For logistical reasons, I wound up, against all desires and impulses, staying in Chattanooga another day. I visited the famous Tennessee Aquarium, where I was charmed by show-offish otters and fluorescent jellyfish.

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Downtown Chattanooga: Chowhound Hell

Downtown Chattanooga is a gleaming, neon-hued strip of slick eateries that look like chains but have names I don’t recognize. At first I thought they were regional chains unfamiliar to me, but then I started to notice they all look as if they were designe

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Back-to-Back Scores in the Middle of Nowhere

Ravenous from skipping supper last night, I did a double breakfast in Asheville, trying two places touted on Chowhound.com. First I hit the hippy-dippy Sunny Point Cafe (625 Haywood Road, Asheville, North Carolina; 828-252-0055).

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Biltmore Blueblood Blues (Plus Barbecue)

Lots of people love Asheville, and it’s on the way to Tennessee, so I stopped in to check it out. I found a town with a profound identity crisis, equal parts hippie artists, rural North Carolinians, and yuppies.

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Great Beer, So-So Antelope, and the ParkingHounds’ Big Debut

I’d strafed Winston-Salem while heading eastward from the mountains a few days ago, just hitting the town’s southern fringes. Now, heading west toward Tennessee, I’ve stayed downtown to plumb what I’d heard described as a chowhounding desert.

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Fried Chicken, Frozen Custard, and Barbecue

Great fried chicken in Raleigh, authentic frozen custard at the Raleigh Farmer’s Market, and barbecue in East Goldsboro with depth and complexity.

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Great ‘Cue with Bob Garner, Two Pillars of Mexican Cooking, and a Deafening Honduran Pool Hall

Benchmark barbecue and truly paradisiacal Mexican food

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Let the Barbecue Begin

Family Diner (7911 North Carolina Highway 68 North, Stokesdale, North Carolina; 336-643-8853) is killer, a serious revelation. It left me shaken and giddy.

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The Best Sticky Buns Ever (and ‘Cue in a Citgo)

This northwest corner isn’t the chowiest part of N.C., but two terrific places are quite near Maverick Farms.

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Pretzel/Potato Chip Tasting, and Jim Meets Chickens

Maverick Farms is hard to describe. It’s an organic, politically aware nonprofit small farm run by super-foodie hipsters who bring a dot-com sensibility to their work.

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Mr. Hound’s Wild Ride

No edibility to report, just a manic ride down the Blue Ridge Highway, fueled by extraordinarily sugary coffeecake. Come along for the ride via this video.

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Disappointment in Lexington, Triumph in Roanoke

Sometimes a burger in a food court outclasses pricey New American Cuisine in a pretentious bistro.

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Virginia Chowconnaissance: Two Days in High Gear

There are three modes of dining: going to a known place, taking a random stab and hoping for the best, and chowconnaissance.

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Jive Tribal … but Great Buffet

The cafeteria at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian, a.k.a. Mitsitam Café, seems enticing.

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NOVA Wine-Geek Meet-Up (Plus: Eartha “Goes HAL”)

Editor’s note: Jim meets up with his wine-aesthete friends for a memorable meal in Arlington. Dine along with the podcasts!

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Pennsylvania Dutch Country: Breakfasts, Buffets, and Beery Yearnings

All I’ve ever had in Pennsylvania Dutch Country is super-touristy food. I’ve only eaten in venues with (literally) busloads of tourists, so I was looking forward to digging deeper.

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Pennsylvania Is for Potato Chips (and Indonesian)!

Jim loses weight despite the CHOWTour. In this dispatch he explores Reading Market and the supermarket chip aisle.

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Philadelphia: Southeast Asian, Shrimp, and the Young Crab Men

Chowhound-at-large Jim Leff is eating his way across America. Read along from the beginning of his trip.

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Atlantic City Means “Coors”

Atlantic City offers little to note on the casino side, but a few great treasures for the belly.

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