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Like most chefs Bob Brazil is a busy man. With a long list of culinary achievements already under his apron Bob is showing no signs of slowing down. Seven months ago Bob and his partners opened Byrd & Barrel on South Jefferson just passed Cherokee. It’s a gourmet chicken restaurant in a fast casual atmosphere with a great beer, whiskey, and bourbon selection behind the bar. Featuring as much locally sourced ingredients as possible, they serve late and have a nice patio area and a drive through window. Two months ago he became a partner in Tamm Avenue Grill in Dogtown. As if that isn’t enough on his plate just this week he announced his latest venture with partners and Byrd chefs Ryan McDonald and Hana Chung along with Corey Smale of Strange Donuts, Good Fortune, a “Chinese Americanese” concept set to open in the Central West End this fall. Extra sleep is not in his future.
I first met Bob and go to see his skills in the “kitchen” when we were on Mac’s BBQ team for the Travel Channel’s Underground BBQ Challenge. We had a blast battling it out all day in a make shift space outdoors at The Civil Life until 1am in 18 degree weather. It was a great bonding experience. Helping a friend win $10,000 will do that.
I am very happy to announce that Tony Loves Food will be coming to the airwaves on The Fan 590 AM, Saturdays from 1 – 2pm. Each week I’ll be joined by someone from the local food and beverage scene to share with you what they do. We’ll also talk about what’s happening around town, where you should eat, cover food events, share recipe ideas and cooking tips, have fun with the food game, and even give stuff away from time to time. My first guest this Saturday is my friend Chris “Mac” McKenzie of Mac’s Local Buys. Tune in on your radio, listen on line, or download the app.