The negative writings regarding tabular films are unfortunate parts of the Anchell and Anchell/Troop books. I generally like Anchell otherwise.
If you like the look of the image structure of Tri-X, use it. If you want finer grain, use TMax. But do not discount the tabular films on the basis on tonality and "fine highlight detail". The TMax and Delta films can deliver every bit as much tonality and subtle highlight detail as Tri-X. It is about how you use them, and how you print.
CPorter is right. Sexton's prints proved to me the anti-tabular thing was nonsense.