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701 Atkinson St.
April 7, 2015 4:41 PM
Kentucky food authority Louis Hatchett brought us to Thomason's Barbecue for the beans, which are magnificent – rich and smoky, laced with shreds of meat and spiced like Kentucky Christmas. The barbecue is mighty fine, too.
Thomason's barbecues everything: pork, mutton, beef, spare ribs, baby back ribs, chicken, ham, and turkey. You can get your choice of meat on a plate, which includes pickle, onion, bread and beans, on a tray, which includes only pickle, onion and bread, or in a sandwich. The pork is velvet-soft, moist and seductively smoky; mutton is sopped with gravy (known hereabouts as dip) and gentle-flavored.
A simple, free-standing eatery with an order counter and a scattering of tables, Thomason's does a big carry-out business, selling its specialties by the pound and gallon. On a shelf below the order counter are for-sale bottles of dip, which is a sauce with natural, au jus character.
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