I'm usually very reluctant to review BBQ establishments because BBQ is almost a religious issue for many folks, and their bias is always going to be toward whatever is popular in their region. But while in Nashville, I wanted to try some good local BBQ flavor a bit off the beaten path, and this one is review worthy.
Off the beaten path? It is that, though fear not it is minutes from downtown, step around the corner you'll see the Nashville skyline. Just dont try to find it without aid of a GPS or navigation app. What you'll find is a hole in the wall in what appears to be a mostly industrial section. Dont worry though, you're only a couple of blocks away from other restaurants, but BBQ joints just feel more authentic if they do not have a snazzy front.
No snazzy front here, no snazzy inside either. You have a bar on one end of the building, the counter and kitchen on the other with lots of tightly packed straight chairs and tables inbetween. You order at the counter, sit down and they call you when food is ready. Serve yourself, grab your own utensils, fill your own drink, grab a generous amount of papertowels and enjoy some fine cue.
Typical southern BBQ fare, that means pig...sorry, Texans. Honestly I didn't see a smoker or smell smoke though there was wood outside. I dont care though, it was very tasty. One religious argument they do avoid is wet versus dry rub. You can choose either if you order ribs. The sides are very southern, mostly slow cooked veggies with some pig tossed in to flavor it up. And dont forget a fried pie. They'll drop it when you order it to at least reheat it, and when it comes out they're going to slather it with a sugary glaze. Food was great as far as I'm concerned.
Other things you need to know... Parking is a challenge, be prepared to walk a block or more. If travelling with granny or the kids, drop 'em at the door, then go find a spot. Expect a crowd, and it's cozy in there...just go with it, southerners are friendly. They do take credit cards, I'd consider the place ok for a stop if on a business trip to Nashville so long as you dont mind dripping sauce on your tie.
If you like BBQ, check out this family run gem in Nashville.
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