Hubig’s Pies In New Orleans

It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since I visited Hubig’s Pies in the Marigny. Just two short years later, in 2012, the old pie redoubt would burn to the ground and fade into New Orleans food lore.

Hubig’s Pies In New Orleans

I wrote this obituary when we lost Hubig’s to fire.

Jessie Williams, the legendary madam of the Chicken Ranch brothel in La Grange Texas

Nine years ago today we ventured down to La Grange, Texas. Inside the old Fayette County Jail we found a tribute to the Chicken Ranch, a long-shuttered brothel located in rural Fayette County. Faye Stewart aka Jessie Williams was the first madam of the brothel (est.1915). Ms. Williams was a no nonsense type who ran a clean house and forbade the use of alcohol. Continue Reading

Pitboss Scott Morales At Taylor Cafe

Scott Morales has been the pitboss at Taylor Cafe in Taylor, Texas for over a decade. We go here for handmade Bohunk sausage and briskets cooked over post oak fires. Vencil Mares is the owner of the old joint (est. 1948) but it’s Mr Morales who shepherds the meat from raw to a state of extreme deliciousness.

Morales runs through a half ton of brisket per week at the old smokehouse, and just like any other barbecue restaurant, Taylor Cafe has its good days and its bad days.

Here’s our field report from last summer.