26) Franklin BBQ, Austin, Texas By 10 a.m. on a Friday there will be more than 90 people in line at this modest establishment, which traces its roots back to 2009 and a turquoise trailer. The 90 people who show in the next half-hour wait in vain; a waitress will tell them that there's just no barbecue left. So it goes at Franklin, where Aaron Franklin serves some of the best of Texas's greatest culinary claim to fame. The brisket, with its peppery exterior, falls apart as you pick it up.
Charlie Daniels once called Jim Owen country music's least known superstar, and that may be true in some cases, but he is certainly not unknown to ardent country music fans all over the world. In 1987 Jim was named "Las Vegas Entertainer of the Year." He starred in "Legends in Concert" at the Imperial Palace on the world-famous strip for six years, one of the longest "runs" in Vegas history.