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Ask Vance February 2013

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photo by April Ford Beasley

Fred Schwantz: Beale Street Grocer "With a Full Line of Fine Liquors"

Knowing my taste for Kentucky Nip and other tasty drinks, my pal Laura Summerford sent me this colorful photo of an old whiskey jug and asked what I could tell her about it. Well, here you go. ... more »

Feb 26, 2013 10:55 PM Ask Vance

Bill Reese's "World-Famous" Barbecue

I'm always intrigued by places that call themselves "World Famous" because, really — who says they are? Did the International Tribunal in The Hague hand down that decision? But, judging from th... more »

Feb 15, 2013 11:19 AM Ask Vance

A Rare Menu from the Cottage Inn

In the February issue of Memphis magazine, I mention that the "King of the Gamblers" — a fellow named Bob Berryman — committed a certain crime at a certain downtown cafe a certain number of years a... more »

Feb 11, 2013 11:53 AM Ask Vance

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photo courtesy Memphis Room, Benjamin Hooks Central Library

Welcome to Foppiano's Grill - A Nice Little Place ... For a Murder!

Come on in, and take a seat. Plug a nickel in the jukebox, and order yourself a steaming bowl of chili, maybe a steak — medium rare — if you're really hungry. You've just stepped into Joe Foppi... more »

Feb 6, 2013 7:19 PM Ask Vance

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