Although I'd been meaning to do so for awhile today was my first visit and I chose the brisket meal, which came with slices of brisket in barbecue sauce, mac & cheese and black-eyed peas (2 sides), hush puppies (bread choice), and a dinner roll.
I don't know if the sauce is bottled or homemade but it's great! It's a thin tomatoey sauce, not sweet, and a bit spicy, and it would be better to get it on the side for those who don't care much for hotter sauces (like my wife). Next time I'm there I'm going to ask about it because I'd love to take it home and try it on some of my own barbecue.
The brisket slices weren't quite plastic-fork-tender but the plastic knife cut them easily. It was tough to tell from the sauce but I think they had some nice bark, and while some people probably wouldn't like that they were a touch fatty I had absolutely no problem with that. It wasn't throughout the meat so it could be cut off and put to the side, which would prompt me to say that if you're not gonna eat it I will. With sauce.
I think this might've been the first time I ever tried black-eyed peas so I have nothing to compare them to, but I liked them. They were firm, not mushy nor too hard, with a little bit of pork mixed in and a slightly smoky flavor.
The mac & cheese had a light cheese flavor, not overwhelmingly cheesy like some varieties, and I found that I needed to add a little salt to bring it up to a level I liked. But that's personal preference.
The hush puppies were crispy outside and moist and crumbly inside, with a light onion flavor. I remember having hush puppies at
the Holiday Inn in Valdosta, Georgia
a hotel restaurant somewhere between Illinois and Florida in 1975 that were like onion balls and these were much better. Not coincidentally, I can count on one hand the number of times I've had hush puppies in the past 34+ years.
I saved the roll for last because I was pretty full and thought I might take it home, but I forced myself to choke it down in the name of completeness. I don't know if it came from a bakery or a commercial supplier but thankfully it wasn't a boring white cube of Wonder Bread-like nothingness. Instead it was firm and chewy with a nice texture and while good without butter and would've been really good with.
Finally, the woman who took my order was quite friendly and pleasant. As Sheriff Buford T. Justice would say, "Thank you, nice lady."
Obviously this is a place I have no desire to ever visit again. Like to try the southern fried chicken, for example. Or take pictures. That would just be a waste.
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