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“Not as good as expected”

Goodman's Real Pit BBQ
Ranked #4 of 48 Restaurants in Perry
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $15
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Dining options: Dinner, Takeout
Description: Stop by Goodman’s for some delicious Southern BBQ! We strive to combine the most palatable culinary experience possible with first-class service that is unmatched by any other establishment! We have take-out, drive-thru, and even delivery service with a minimum order requirement. We are also licensed caters by the State of Florida and are ready to fully service your upcoming events. Contact us for more information.
Madison, Alabama
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Not as good as expected”
Reviewed February 26, 2013

BBQ sauces are as local as the daily newspaper, and we just did not like any of their sauce choices. My husband smokes ribs, Boston butts, chicken, turkeys, etc. at home, and makes sauce, so we're probably just spoiled, but upon getting out of the car and based on the smoky smell, we were expecting very good BBQ.
The meat was of good quality, and cooked well. I had the chicken [a tad dry for me, but then on the other hand if it's too moist, I would be complaining that it might not have been done, lol], and hubby had ribs and brisket. The people in the previous review must not have eaten at the same ribs places as we did in Memphis, ha-ha, because we just didn't find these anywhere near Memphis category. Had the sauces been a little better, things might have been easier to "fix", but of all the places in the SE [and beyond] that we have gone for BBQ [on and off the beaten path] these were some of the most, well, unique for sure, sauces, and we just didn't happen to care for them.
The dinner salads were fresh and very good. I'm not sure who came up with their baked beans, but they didn't seem to be cooked well [that's just my Southern take on it, at least] so I only had one bite. The blueberry cobbler that came with our meal was good and hubby preferred it over our Southern version b/c he is not a "biscuit-batter-for-dessert-type" person, so the cake texture was a nice change for us.
Since we did literally "turn around in the road" - as we were headed north - we cannot say that we would do that again in order to eat here.

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank DomineeHuntsville_AL
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Sandy_GoodmansBBQ, Owner at Goodman's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review, March 5, 2013
Susan, one thing we have discovered in many years of operating Goodman's BBQ is we simply cannot please everyone, despite trying as hard as humanly possible to do so. Yes, another reviewer stated their opinion that our ribs were better than any in Memphis and we can see clearly in the review you left both here and on TripAdvisor that your own opinion differs significantly. As we have also learned over the years, taste is a highly subjective and personal experience; I am sure there are plenty of folks who have dined with us over more than a decade in business who would disagree with your opinion that your husband's sauces are superior to ours, hahaha. As to the baked beans, we have investigated that issue and reported an inconsistent shipment of navy beans to the supplier who has since remedied the problem, thank you for pointing that out; our beans are usually highly praised as past reviews across the ‘Net show. Safe travels Susan; we hope you visit us again and we will not mind if you BYOS (bring your own sauce) LOL! We hope other potential customers will consider all of our reviews and see that we strive to offer a great meal and quality service to each customer, and always appreciate constructive feedback.
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English first
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“All good!”
Reviewed February 25, 2013

The food was really good. Try the onion rings. We had the ribs and topped it off with the blueberry cobbler. Good food, albeit slow service. Definitely worth the stop.

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Thank Htmcgee
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Goodmans_BBQ, Owner at Goodman's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review, February 27, 2013
Thank you for your helpful review, we're so glad you enjoyed your meal! We sent you a message requesting a little more information about your visit in order to better address the issue of slow service you described, please reply if you have the time. Thank you again!
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394 reviews
266 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 208 helpful votes
“Pretty Good If Passing Through Perry”
Reviewed February 11, 2013

This place was pretty good- obviously a local favorite. The food was a little too salty for my taste, but my husband loved it. Great service and a wonderful family atmosphere. Very reasonable prices!!!

  • Visited February 2013
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Thank Wanderlust3483
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Goodmans_BBQ, Owner at Goodman's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
We're happy to see your husband enjoyed his meal and sorry to hear that yours wasn't as enjoyable. Next time you all visit, please feel free to mention the saltiness to your server and we'll do our absolute best to adjust the meal according to your dietary preferences. Thank you so much for your patronage!
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Springfield, IL
Level 6 Contributor
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 131 helpful votes
“Real Small Town Flavor”
Reviewed January 30, 2013

We could walk to Goodman's from our hotel, and we heard it was cheap, so we changed our dinner plans. That turned out to be a great idea. We had ribs, the 3 meat combo, and a small New Brunswick Stew. It was all very good, and my wife thought the ribs were better than the best ones we had in Memphis. That's saying a lot! The waiter said, "If you save room, you get cobbler with your meal." We saved enough room to share a hot peach cobbler with whipped cream. It was a perfect way to end a very good meal. No wait! The best way to end it was paying the $17 check and walking out the door stuffed.

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank Chuckospringpatch
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Goodmans_BBQ, Owner at Goodman's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
We're so glad that you gave us a chance and had a satisfying experience! Better than the best ribs in Memphis? We're certainly glad to hear that from our customers! Thank you very much for choosing to dine with us and be sure to come visit us again if you ever make it back through Perry!
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Cudahy WI
Level 6 Contributor
328 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
“Small Town - Big Flavor”
Reviewed January 15, 2013

This was an end-of-the-driving-day choice for us. Not sure that any of the other local choices were even wroth considering, but this is a very homey, basic smoked meat joint. Prices are dirt cheap for what you get, but the food is much better than you'd expect for the price point.

There is no ambience. The joint is old and could use a little refurbishing but you can't improve on the flavor of good Que done well and sold for peanuts. The place is popular for the location; go and find out for yourself. It's worth a short stop in a town that could use some help.

  • Visited January 2013
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Goodmans_BBQ, Owner at Goodman's Real Pit BBQ, responded to this review, February 12, 2013
We are glad to see that you enjoyed your food and it's affordability! It's been several years since we last redecorated the dining area and that's an area high on our to do list for sure. Thank you so much for you're feedback, we hope to have you dine with us again!
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