Ed’s Bar-B-Que & Country Cooking, Phenix City AL

For the third stop on our tour, we drove on to Phenix City and found a restaurant in a very unusual place. Ed’s is a meat-and-three cafeteria surrounded by old warehouses and storage units, body shops and a marine place that sells and repairs speedboats. A building nearby has a long-broken vending machine out front that once dispensed live bait. I wouldn’t have guessed that such a good restaurant would set up in an industrial zone like this. Continue reading “Ed’s Bar-B-Que & Country Cooking, Phenix City AL”

Byron’s Smokehouse, Auburn AL

When we visited Auburn in 2014, one question that jumped out as we planned the trip was which of the two well-known barbecue places we would visit. We went with Price’s, in part because of its terrific campus-friendly location, which, in the end, doomed the restaurant as developers bulldoze everything within walking distance of the classroom buildings in favor of mixed-use places. Price’s closed for the final time about a week after our visit, which is a real shame. Continue reading “Byron’s Smokehouse, Auburn AL”

Roger’s Bar-B-Que, LaGrange GA

Eagle-eyed readers might have spotted that, while we’ve always championed Georgia barbecue, we certainly have spotlighted a little more of it than usual this year. Between March and May, we made four day trips to sample as many new-to-us places as we realistically could before moving away. I’ve always been hopeful of finding something new and amazing, and I’ve always been hopeful that other bloggers and hobbyists will both follow up on some of these places, and discover more. Continue reading “Roger’s Bar-B-Que, LaGrange GA”

Southern Burger Co., Ooltewah TN

This week, I’ve been sharing stories about meals at new places around Chattanooga that we enjoyed while finding one reason or another to celebrate. We know that we don’t need all that many excuses, but we drove a few miles north of our neighborhood, to the town of Ooltewah, to toast Marie’s first successful week at her new job. I picked Southern Burger Co. after reading Chattavore’s story about the restaurant a few days previously. And since I knew I was going to dig into a big messy burger for dinner, I enjoyed a light vegetarian lunch earlier. Continue reading “Southern Burger Co., Ooltewah TN”

Flatiron Deli, Chattanooga TN

In the previous chapter, I mentioned that we celebrated finding a new place in Tennessee with a celebratory dinner. The following week, we went to sign the papers and pay the deposit, and celebrated with a terrific lunch. We found the Flatiron Deli in Yelp and certainly could have walked there from where we’d parked, had we been a little more familiar with the downtown area. Instead, we burned some gas that we needn’t have. Continue reading “Flatiron Deli, Chattanooga TN”