Food and writing have been among Larry Olmsted’s passions for 20 years. His recent piece in Forbes blends the two nicely as he recalls his 15 most memorable restaurant meals of 2014. Yes, friends, Birmingham makes this top list too but with a surprising twist. Alongside favorite meals in Spain, Japan, Ireland and New Orleans is Olmsted’s meal at Birmingham’s Rib-It-Up. Long a favorite of Birmingham barbecue aficionados, this no-frills diner deserves the honor. As Olmsted says: “I’ve had first-rate barbecue from one end of the country to the other, throughout the South, in Memphis, Austin, KC, Texas, and up and down the coasts, but this is simply home to the best pork sandwich under the sun.” Read more here: