Thursday, October 04, 2007

Dave and Jan Sullivans' BBQ and Soul Food Tour

I welcome a special guest reviewer to the blog today. My big bro Dave and his wife Jan recently took a trip south for a little R&R. While there, he scouted out the local scene for good BBQ and other comfort foods and offered this report on sweet spots and smart tips.

Dave and Jan Sullivan's 2007 BBQ and Soul Food Tour, South Carolina and Georgia

Highly Recommended: Bubba-Cue's Bar-B-Cue House, Ravenel, SC. A great $7.95 lunch buffet: pulled pork, fried chicken, catfish, mac & cheese, fried okra, hush puppies, lots of veggies and more. A curious notation on the menu blackboard: "50 cents extra for left side of the hog." The nice lady who ran the place explained that pigs, like people, are mostly right-handed or inclined. "When they run in circles, they almost always turn to the right, so the left is more tender. At least that's what they say." Your choice of mustard or vinegar sauce with a kick for the BBQ. I preferred the vinegar. Mustard doesn't belong on BBQ, but it would have been great on a brat.

Tips for Finding Great BBQ: We pulled a quick u-turn when we spotted Bubba-Cue's. Liked the name, but the real tip-off was the parking lot crowed with a lot of working men's trucks. Blue-collar guys know where to get a lot of great food for the right price.

Always Great: The Wilkes House in Savannah, GA. Went on Wednesday, because that is the only day they have meatloaf and BBQ on the menu, in addition to fried chicken and beef stew. A classic grandma-style family feast not to be missed. I miss the late Mrs. Wilkes. When I last saw her, I said, "You and this place remind me of my grandmother." She answered, "Lord, honey, I'm not that old!"

One for Next Time: Recommended by a fellow guest on Hilton Head Island: Nita's Soul Food in Savannah. He said it was a hole-in-the-wall place in downtown Savannah with the best fried chicken he had ever tasted.

Best Banana Pudding: Spartina's Southern Kitchen, Hilton Head Island, SC. Not included with the buffet, but worth the extra, as was the Krispy Kreme bread pudding.

One Last Tip: Don't order calamari south of the Mason-Dixon Line. They don't know how to cook it.

Thanks for the info, bro!

To close out today's post, here's a much-too-short clip of the Red Stick Ramblers with one of the great musical tributes to Southern food, "That's What I Like About the South."


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