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Posted by Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle on Monday, March 5, 2012 12:48 PM

GA Pig
We received a note from reader Tom Oram alerting us to the fact that The GA Pig of Brunswick, GA served their final plate of barbecue yesterday.  A call to the restaurant confirmed the news.  Tom says that, after over four decades in business, they lost their lease, and are to be replaced by a gas station.  The Pig has been a Roadfood favorite since 1983, when it made its first Jane and Michael Stern appearance, in the book Goodfood.  In the latest review, Michael Stern proclaimed that the GA Pig was the place for "terrific, smoky barbecued pork served in a truly rustic atmosphere by a genuine country smoke house."


That's a shame. It was a long way from my favorite place, but there was a lot of history and character there. Plus, open on Sundays, which darn near nothing else worth eating within fifty miles could claim.
Posted by Heartbreaksoup on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 2:50 PM

GA Pig received mixed reviews from the posters here on Roadfood, but my experiences had mostly been positive. It will be missed. With it being so close to I-95, that has to be some valuable property.
Posted by buffetbuster on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 2:52 PM

How pointless is it to close a perfectly decent dining establishment, only to replace it with a gas station (when there won't be any gas to sell, anyway)?
Posted by catosaurus on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 4:38 PM

I am one of the people who really disliked that place. However, if you get off at that very exit, go the opposite direct on same road for about 4 or 5 miles and you will find Gary Lee's Market. The fellow smokes all his own meat and it is wonderful. Everything is on display and you choose and pay and can get it to go or sit at one of the (I think there are four) tables. The wife and daughter cook out in back and have wonderful beans and potato salad.
Posted by Greymo on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 5:30 PM

Sorry to see Ga pig has closed, but we've been going to 'Right on Q' BBQ in Brunswick for better barbeque.
Posted by seahawk west on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 5:35 PM

I really enjoyed the GA Pig. I've never had anything but a good experience both times I went. I especially enjoyed their brunswick stew, I'm in Georgia, so I couldn't care less about beans- They will be missed.
Posted by wanderingjew on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 7:11 PM

Like they needs another gas station there. Seems like they already have about a dozen at that exit.
Posted by ces1948 on Monday, Mar 5, 2012 11:11 PM

Southern Soul Barbeque of Saint Smons Island GA. is taking over operations at the I-95 south Georgia landmark and are in the process of preparing for a grand opening/relaunch by April. Officially it will operate as Southern Soul Barbeque so folks can expect the high quality hardwood smoked meats, Brunswick stew, and dedication to BBQ tradition SSBBQ is known for.
Posted by southernsoul on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 10:58 AM

Hatchi-matchi, as "The Critic" used to say. Southern Soul, one of the two or three best BBQ joints in the state, with ample parking away from that infernal traffic circle?! Pinch me!
Posted by Heartbreaksoup on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 3:07 PM

Hate to see it gone. There are already two vacant super stations on that exit. I alwas had good food there myself.
Posted by Large Man on Tuesday, Mar 6, 2012 8:29 PM

We visited the GA Pig in 1993 it was outstanding.
Posted by jackzig on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 2:05 AM

The GA Pig will be missed. We really liked that they grill-pressed the roll. It gave it a nice, crisp bite. That was a nice change from the usual spongey rolls typical of most BBQ joints.
Posted by Glenn1234 on Wednesday, Mar 7, 2012 2:45 AM

The friendly hippies at ssbbq will be a welcome change for travelers on 95 as will the stellar cue, an upgrade in so many ways over the Pig.
Posted by beteez on Thursday, Mar 8, 2012 10:44 AM

The Pig was a ritual every time we visited the Golden Isles. I can't count the number of dubious family and friends we've hauled there, only to have them load up the car with bottles of BBQ sauce. Totally agree about the grill-pressed roll, it was the perfect complement to the Q. That said, I've been going to Southern Soul since they replaced Gisco Seafood on Saint Simons Island .... and it is truly one of the most outstanding BBQ spots I know. Good luck in your second spot, guys, and congrats!
Posted by slinky christie on Friday, Jun 15, 2012 10:00 PM

Spectacular BBQ, really exciting. What a shame-like we need more gas stations! We will miss it on our way to Savannah and back...
Posted by bbqmiami on Monday, Jul 2, 2012 7:50 PM

Started going back in the early 80's and pretty much stopped there every year from then on. When we first stopped there it was two old southern gals doing the cooking and I would say that was at it's peak. I even got to meet the original owner who was from Atlanta and I think this was his second GA Pig. Seems he was going to start a chain of them. I am going to try and remember his name. The place changed over the years and even had the windows cleaned. Some years were better than others, but it was always worth the stop. I would rate the last owner as the bottom of the barrel, he seemed to always be finding short cuts. The day I saw him holding chopped bbq in tinfoil, I knew the end was near. I will miss the joint for sure. I just stopped there yesterday 12/15/12 on the way home from FL and took a last few pictures, while I reminisced in my mind.
Posted by dickie52 on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 7:55 PM

Just remembered his name: Ed Powers
Posted by dickie52 on Sunday, Dec 16, 2012 8:03 PM

Necropost! I'd like to add that I followed Greymo's advice and visited Gary Lee's and found it terrific:
Posted by Heartbreaksoup on Wednesday, Aug 7, 2013 2:50 PM

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