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The 5 best BBQ joints in the country

By Benét J. Wilson, August 23, 2016

It's summertime, and the living — and eating — is easy. One of the best things about summer is the smell of food being cooked on a barbecue grill, and luckily there are some wonderful places across America where you can find it. Below are five must-eat restaurants to try before the summer ends.

1. Arthur Bryant's: Kansas City, Missouri

If good barbecue in Kansas City is the subject of a conversation, you can bet this joint will come up. Since its inception in 1930, the iconic eatery has served every U.S. president from Harry Truman to Jimmy Carter, along with dozens of celebrities. Although Arthur Bryant's is known for its ribs, the pit beef sandwich served with potato salad and Original Sauce is irresistible. Bryant's sauce is vinegar-based with a good spice — but not too spicy — balance, while the Sweet Heat sauce tastes more like the traditional barbecue sauce you grew up with.

2. Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous: Memphis, Tennessee

The battle to claim the barbecue crown in Bluff city comes down to Charlie Vergos' Rendezvous and Corky's Ribs & BBQ. Many diners go to Rendezvous for one reason: a plate of their ribs sprinkled with Memphis seasoning and a side of beans. Barbecue sauce is an option, of course, but why ruin the smoky goodness of these ribs? You see everyone from college students to the city's power players sitting side by side in the restaurant's simple, memorabilia-filled dining room, chowing down.

3. Salt Lick BBQ: Austin, Texas

Texas is a barbecue mecca, so it's difficult to choose only one spot. But if you're forced to choose, Salt Lick BBQ with two outlets in the state capital is a great option. While all the barbecue is great at Salt Lick, most people go for the beef brisket, served with a slightly sweet mustard-based sauce and a tangy coleslaw. The pork smoked sausage, cooked in large ropes, is also delicious. For a change of pace, try beef ribs — a Texas staple — which come in a larger, meatier serving than their traditional pork cousin.

4. Everett & Jones: Oakland, California

The Bay Area may not immediately come to mind when you think of hot barbecue spots, but Oakland is home to generations of pitmasters who migrated from the south and brought delicious cooking traditions with them. The owners of the iconic Everett & Jones originally came from Alabama, opening the restaurant in 1973. The food to eat here is the tender beef link sausages smothered in barbecue sauce, served with white bread and potato salad on the side. The smoky tomato-based sauce is more familiar to barbecue eaters, but try the spicier version for a little kick. And if you've saved room for dessert, don't miss indulging in a slice of sweet potato or pecan pie.

5. Lem's BBQ: Chicago, Illinois

Lem's BBQ is a Windy City favorite, first appearing on the scene in 1954, and if you're going to order one thing here, it has to be the rib tips. Rib tips are meaty strips that have been cut from the bottom part of pork spareribs, without the bone and cartilage. Completing the dish is Lem's potato salad and white bread plus a big helping of barbecue sauce — a traditional, slightly sweet tomato-based treat.

Visit united.com or use the United app to book your next trip to try the food at one of these great barbecue joints.


Adjusting to Customer Demand, United Adds New Nonstop Service to Florida

By United Newsroom, August 12, 2020

CHICAGO, Aug. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- United Airlines today announced plans to add up to 28 daily nonstop flights this winter connecting customers in Boston, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, New York/LaGuardia, Pittsburgh and Columbus, Ohio to four popular Florida destinations. The new, nonstop flights reflect United's continuing strategy to aggressively, and opportunistically manage the impact of COVID-19 by increasing service to destinations where customers most want to fly.

Entertainment for all

By The Hub team, August 04, 2020

Our Marketing Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity team and Bridge, our Business Resource Group (BRG) for people with all abilities, partnered together to test and provide feedback on our award-winning seatback inflight entertainment (IFE) system.

Aptly named "Entertainment for all," our new seatback IFE system offers the an extensive suite of accessibility features, allowing for unassisted use by people of all visual, hearing, mobility and language abilities.

"It's nice to know that I can get on a plane and pick my favorite entertainment to enjoy, just like every customer," said Accessibility Senior Analyst and Developer and Bridge Chief of Staff Ray C., who is blind.

"As a deaf employee, the closed captioning availability on board our aircraft is something I value greatly," added Information Technology Analyst Greg O. "The new IFE further cements United's visibility within the deaf community and elsewhere. It makes me proud to be an employee."

Accessibility features of the new IFE include a text-to-speech option, explore by touch, customizable text size, screen magnification, color correction and inversion modes, and alternative navigation options for those unable to swipe or use a handset. For hearing-impaired and non-English-speaking passengers, customization options provide the ability for customers to be served content and receive inflight notifications based on their preferences and settings —with closed captions, with subtitles or in the language of their choice from the 15 languages supported. Our "Entertainment for all" system won the Crystal Cabin Award in 2019, and recently, the Dr. Margaret Pfanstiehl Research and Development Award for Audio Description by the American Council of the Blind.

"This really showed the benefits of partnering with BRGs in helping us improve products and services for our customers and employees," said Inflight Entertainment and Connectivity Senior Manager Corinne S. "Even though we have been recognized with awards for our IFE accessibility features, we are not resting on our laurels but continuing to work towards improving the inflight entertainment experience for all of our customers to ensure entertainment is available for all."

Shaping an inclusive future with Special Olympics

By The Hub team, July 24, 2020

If your travels have taken you through Chicago O'Hare International Airport anytime since October 2019, you may have had a friendly, caring and jovial exchange with Daniel Smrokowski. Daniel is one of four Service Ambassadors thanks to our ongoing partnership with Special Olympics. This inaugural ambassador program aims to provide Special Olympic athletes employment opportunities within our operation, affording them a unique and meaningful career.

Since 2018, our partnership with Special Olympics has become one of United's most cherished relationships, going beyond the events we take part in and volunteer with. While the plane pull competitions, polar plunges, duck derbies and Special Olympics World Games and other events around the world are a big part of our involvement, the heart of this partnership lies with the athletes and individuals supported by Special Olympics. To advocate for their inclusion in every setting is one of our biggest honors, and we take great pride in the role we play in the organization's inclusion revolution.

Aiding in the success of Special Olympics' mission to create continuing opportunities for individuals with intellectual disabilities, throughout the two-year partnership, United has volunteered over 10,500 hours and donated over $1.2 million in travel to the organization. The impact of this partnership is felt at every level, both at Special Olympics and within our own ranks.

"The Inclusion Revolution campaign, led by our athletes, aims to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. United Airlines has joined in our fight for inclusion, empowering our athletes with the skills needed to succeed and opportunities to contribute their abilities as leaders," said Special Olympics International Chairman Tim Shriver. "United Airlines believes that people with intellectual disabilities should be perceived as they really are: independent, world-class athletes, students, employees, neighbors, travelers, and leaders who contribute to make this world a better place."

Our Service Ambassador program is just one of the many ways Special Olympics has impacted not only our employees, but also our customers. "I see every day how our Service Ambassadors connect with our customers the moment they walk into the airport lobby," said Senior Customer Service Supervisor Steve Suchorabski. "They provide a warm, welcoming smile ad assist in any way they can. To see these young adults hold positions that a society once told them they couldn't is truly the most heartwarming part of my job," Steve continued.

"The opportunity to be a part of the United family means everything to me," Daniel said. "I feel so much pride showing up to work in a Special Olympics/United co-branded uniform, working among such a loving and supportive community. The relationship between these two organizations is truly helping to shape my future while letting me use my gifts of communicating and helping others. Hopefully, I can spend my entire career at United," Daniel added.

In honor of Special Olympics' Global Week of Inclusion in July, we're asking our employees, customers and partners to sign a pledge to #ChooseToInclude at jointherevolution.org/pledge.

And be sure to check out Daniel's podcast The Special Chronicles.

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