Just in time for Valentine's Day, a little love for the Old North State from professional grumper Tony Bourdain: The March issue of Budget Travel isn't online yet, but Eater.com reports that Bourdain makes the call on five food rivalries: Mexico City vs. L.A. for tacos (Mexico City), New York vs. Chicago for pizza (New York), L.A. vs. New York for burgers (L.A., because of In-N-Out), Chicago vs. New York for hot dogs (Chicago).
And finally, in the most important contest of all: Kansas City vs. North Carolina for barbecue.
And the winner (grab a couple of bottles of Texas Pete and drum them on the table):
North Carolina. "It's so minimalist - dressed with only a little bit of vinegar, salt and pepper. It's hard to argue with that."
Hard to argue, indeed. Thanks, Mr. Bourdain, sir. Drop in anytime.