I think there might be another worthy addition to the Roadfood list from Chattanooga. Hillbilly Willy's BBQ is very good. Everything is fresh and made that day. All veggies are fresh, which is rare these days. Everything we had was delicious.
After reading a favorable newspaper review, I had lunch at Hillbilly Willy's yesterday and was terribly disappointed.
I ordered a rib-beef combo: half-rack of baby backs, beef brisket, and two sides (baked beans, potato salad).
The ribs were not freshly prepared, apparently reheated from an earlier smoking, quite possibly from the day before, and then refrigerated or frozen overnight. They seriously lacked moisture, texture, flavor, and were overcooked. When rib meat falls from the bone before reaching my teeth, it’s been in the pit too long.
The brisket was shredded, not sliced (heresy in itself), and inexplicably chewy. I would have rather had jerky. (Heck, maybe they read the order wrong and gave me jerky.)
The baked beans were cloyingly sweet, overly smoky, and floating in an inordinate amount of liquid. The potato salad, clinically and perfectly ice cream-scooped into a plastic dish, resembled the texture of cold mashed potatoes with an occasional tater chunk. It was exceedingly dry, though I’m certain there must have been a smidgen of mayo in there somewhere.
The cornbread muffin was excellent, however, as was the bottled water. Total damage to my wallet was $21.45.
If you go to Hillbilly Willy’s, you may or may not have a great experience, so it’s best to enter the establishment with an open mind. And wallet.