Stalwart Chase: "If I wasn't here, you wouldn't come here"
Delicacies of the Day. So, don't go to New Orleans without heading to Dooky Chase, 2301 Orleans, for gumbo, jambalaya and etoufee.
When I was in Sylvia's, 328 Lenox Ave. in New York, for Sunday brunch having barbecued Atlantic salmon, the songstress went around to learn where all the diners hailed from. I counted four continents and 20 countries helping the venerable restaurant prepare for its 50th anniversary.
Ben Ali put $4,000 into starting Ben's Chili Bowl, 1213 U St. in Washington, D.C., in 1958, but he put his life into keeping the U Street business district alive, almost single-handedly at the lowest point. He passed just as an incoming President gave him the biggest publicity boost since Bill Cosby named it as his favorite eatery. Now, there is a Ben's Chili Bowl store and visitor center on one side, and a stylish Ben's Next Door on the other side. One has to try the signature half-smoke with chili and onions.
In 1973, Dorothy Everett launched Everett and Jones Barbecue, 126 Broadway, in Oakland. Now they're a fixture in the Jack London Square area, hosting live entertainment and radio shows. Try the brisket or the combo.
Favorite vintner: Theodora Lee of Theopolis Vineyards.
Cookbook of the day: The Dooky Chase Cookbook by Leah Chase