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Gore
02-12-2012, 11:08 AM
Next week I have three meetings to go to in Starkville, Mississippi and Huntsville, Alabama. I will be driving between the two (both directions). Anyone have any places I must see.

Gore
02-14-2012, 11:49 AM
There must be some BBQ recommendations between Huntsville and Starkville....

deepsouth
02-14-2012, 11:51 AM
check with Hoss. he's from north mississippi.

deepsouth
02-14-2012, 11:52 AM
i know there is a dreamland in huntsville, but i've never been there.

http://www.dreamlandbbq.com/Huntsville.aspx

QN
02-14-2012, 01:15 PM
Greenbriar Restaurant; commonly referred to as "Old Greenbriar"; a couple or so miles north of I-565 on Greenbriar Road at a 4-way stop; http://oldgreenbrier.com/
Big Bob Gibson's; 6th Ave. location; Decatur, AL; http://www.bigbobgibson.com/main.htm
I would not waste time or money on Dreamland in Huntsville.
For a good New Orleans style Po' boy sandwich or some other cajun goodies try The Po' Boy Factory; http://poboyfactory.com/

deguerre
02-14-2012, 01:24 PM
Greenbriar Restaurant; commonly referred to as "Old Greenbriar"; a couple or so miles north of I-565 on Greenbriar Road at a 4-way stop; http://oldgreenbrier.com/
Big Bob Gibson's; 6th Ave. location; Decatur, AL; http://www.bigbobgibson.com/main.htm
I would not waste time or money on Dreamland in Huntsville.
For a good New Orleans style Po' boy sandwich or some other cajun goodies try The Po' Boy Factory; http://poboyfactory.com/

Greenbriers used to have the BEST catfish anywhere. It's a must if still as good. Bob Gibsons is a must try, just to say you did :becky: (Personally I don't think it can compare with how good it was 40 years ago...) and the 6th ave location is the ONLY one to go to. There's also a Whitt's on 6th Ave (918 6th ave SE) and I've heard good things about Bar-B-Q Smokehouse at 3231 Point Mallard Parkway (Hwy 67) right before you hit I-65 travelling East from Decatur.

deguerre
02-14-2012, 01:28 PM
Here's a Google Search local to Decatur:

http://maps.google.com/maps?rls=com.microsoft:en-us&oe=UTF-8&startIndex=&startPage=1&safe=active&gs_sm=12&gs_upl=4390l7968l0l10640l15l14l0l1l1l0l297l2500l0. 2.9l11l0&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=decatur+al+bbq&fb=1&gl=us&hq=bbq&hnear=0x8862841108435895:0x52f9c3e6268cc372,Decatu r,+AL&ei=MaY6T_27FaLi2QX1xpmlCg&sa=X&oi=local_group&ct=image&ved=0CBYQtgM

The search yields 935 results...lotsa choices I'm thinkin...

Gore
02-14-2012, 01:46 PM
Thanks all, any out-of-the-way can't-miss places on the road?

... and Guerry, yeah, there are 935 places, but I'm only there for three nights. I depend on the Brethren to help filter that for me. :thumb:

Now I can tell that I'm supposed to get the BBQ catfish, but any other specialties or regional things I should (or should not) get.

deguerre
02-14-2012, 02:30 PM
Fried catfish and hush puppies at Greenbriers. Try the smoked turkey or chicken at Big Bobs with a little white sauce. Shoulder at Whitt's. These three are about the only Local places I hit when I visit my Mom and sisters, and it's been years since I've gone to Greenbriers. The place I mentioned on 67 was recently recommended and I haven't been myself. OH! DUH!!!!!

MUST MUST MUST TRY C F Penn's Hamburgers on Moulton Street in Decatur. Deep fried burger goodness. 121 Moulton St E, 256- 355-0513

OutlawSwine
02-14-2012, 03:58 PM
Gore,
Hit up Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur. It's only 5 minutes from Huntsville.
Also, there is a joint about a block down from BBG that is pretty good too.

Nevermind...I just realized deguerre mentioned BBG and Whitt's. I should probably read before I type. :grin:

landarc
02-14-2012, 05:01 PM
... I should probably read before I type. :grin:

Why? None of the rest of us do.

Oh Gore, we are eating at Phat Matt's in Oakland again, come on by.

OutlawSwine
02-14-2012, 05:41 PM
Fried catfish and hush puppies at Greenbriers. Try the smoked turkey or chicken at Big Bobs with a little white sauce. Shoulder at Whitt's. These three are about the only Local places I hit when I visit my Mom and sisters, and it's been years since I've gone to Greenbriers. The place I mentioned on 67 was recently recommended and I haven't been myself. OH! DUH!!!!!

MUST MUST MUST TRY C F Penn's Hamburgers on Moulton Street in Decatur. Deep fried burger goodness. 121 Moulton St E, 256- 355-0513

I second Penn's Hamburgers. It is awesome! I haven't had one in a while.....:sad:

NBBD
02-14-2012, 07:07 PM
If you want something non bbq... try the po boy factory in Huntsville... We did dreamland huntsville location... eh... Since we are from PA it was worth seeing all the bear bryant Memorabilia but the food was eh...

We always hit Big Bob's when down that way... Wife loves the ribs and DEFINATELY the simple green slaw... AND the toffee from the candy shop up the street from BBG... Almost forgot about that... morgan price maybe?

athenslb57
02-14-2012, 07:39 PM
You need to stop by 'The Hickory Barn (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=191l8385l0l8538l26l14l1l6l6l0l229l1196l9.2. 2l21l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&ion=1&biw=1680&bih=925&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=hickory+barn+bbq+athens,al&fb=1&gl=us&hq=hickory+barn+bbq&hnear=0x88628b06f86c2791:0x5fc5af4dbbc1967a,Athens ,+AL&cid=0,0,14046952813413541388&ei=Pf46T8iWIcaItwfe5qXMCg&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CAwQ_BI)' west of Athens on Hwy. 72. He is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Great Q!

deguerre
02-15-2012, 05:14 PM
You need to stop by 'The Hickory Barn (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&gs_sm=3&gs_upl=191l8385l0l8538l26l14l1l6l6l0l229l1196l9.2. 2l21l0&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_cp.,cf.osb&ion=1&biw=1680&bih=925&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=hickory+barn+bbq+athens,al&fb=1&gl=us&hq=hickory+barn+bbq&hnear=0x88628b06f86c2791:0x5fc5af4dbbc1967a,Athens ,+AL&cid=0,0,14046952813413541388&ei=Pf46T8iWIcaItwfe5qXMCg&sa=X&oi=local_result&ct=image&ved=0CAwQ_BI)' west of Athens on Hwy. 72. He is only open Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Great Q!

Next time I'm in town, I'll have to get my sister to take me there. She's just off the 31/72 junction so it's a straight shot down 72.:becky:

wnkt
02-16-2012, 08:24 AM
Ill have to say yes about Big Bob's on 6th ave. I visited Decatur about8 months ago or so and went by for dinner one night and lunch the next day before I left town, The ribs were VERY good

Man! I forgot about CF Penn's...makes me want 3 or 4 now

Gore
02-16-2012, 08:55 AM
Thanks for all the input. Although I'm in Huntsville for a couple days, I'm expecting I'll be taken out those nights and won't have much freedom of choosing. I'll be set with catfish at Greenbriers and ribs at BBQ though if luck takes me there. ... and I'll be salivating if they mention Athens or Penn, and of course Phat Mat's across the bay, although that might be a bit of a drive. :thumb:

I have a lot more freedom on my drive to Starkville. No Mississippi State alumni who know some backroads BBQs?

Al Czervik
02-16-2012, 09:18 AM
I'm not a Miss Alum butt there have to be some CT Elvis BBQ shacks on those backroads... :heh:

OutlawSwine
02-16-2012, 09:31 AM
I've got 2 Miss State grads in the office with me. I will ask them for you and see if they have any suggestions.

deguerre
02-16-2012, 09:31 AM
Ill have to say yes about Big Bob's on 6th ave. I visited Decatur about8 months ago or so and went by for dinner one night and lunch the next day before I left town, The ribs were VERY good

Man! I forgot about CF Penn's...makes me want 3 or 4 now

Yep. Penn's has to be the best slug burger I've ever had. For those who don't know the joy of a slug burger - here's a little info.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slugburger

There's a mention of a Tupelo MS location, which is an hour or so North from Starkville. Perhaps Starkville itself has a local famous slug burger joint.

OutlawSwine
02-16-2012, 04:12 PM
This is what one of the guys at work had to say about Starkville:

If they want a real great BBQ, hole-in-the wall experience they need to go to The Little Dooey (http://www.littledooey.com). That is the old school BBQ joint where all the ESPN guys eat when they broadcast games.

If they want something a little nicer, tell them to try the Central Station Grill (http://eatwithus.com/grill/locations.php).

Bill-Chicago
02-17-2012, 09:05 AM
In the early days of the Brethren, we were buying Dreamland sauce by the case and shipping it all over the states to one another.

I'd definitely hit up one of their locations, although I understand the Tuscaloosa one might be the original and the best, I'd still not pass up the opportunity.

OutlawSwine
02-17-2012, 10:49 AM
In the early days of the Brethren, we were buying Dreamland sauce by the case and shipping it all over the states to one another.

I'd definitely hit up one of their locations, although I understand the Tuscaloosa one might be the original and the best, I'd still not pass up the opportunity.

About a year or so ago, I would've agreed. The quality has went downhill lately. If you can get by one, give it a shot, but I wouldn't go out of my way. You will probably be disappointed these days.

Bill-Chicago
02-17-2012, 12:13 PM
That sucks.

Thanks for the update though Preston.

I need to order a 4 pack from Dreamland just to relive the past, one last time.

I don't care for mustard in my sauce at all, but there is just the right balance in the DL "water" that mixes really well with pulled pork.

Deep South
02-17-2012, 12:21 PM
I still love the Dreamland sauce but the rest has changed for the worse. I remember going into the second location when it opened in Birmingham and the only items on the menu were meat, sauce and loaf bread.

OutlawSwine
02-17-2012, 01:02 PM
That sucks.

Thanks for the update though Preston.

I need to order a 4 pack from Dreamland just to relive the past, one last time.

I don't care for mustard in my sauce at all, but there is just the right balance in the DL "water" that mixes really well with pulled pork.

Don't get me wrong, the sauce is still good. The "everything else" has gone downhill. The folks that started Dreamland passed it off to their kids about 2 years ago and it hasn't been the same since.

Gore
02-24-2012, 10:20 AM
Well, it was a crazy busy week for me. I flew into Huntsville last Sunday, immediately drove to Starkville, spent the night, met people and drove back Monday night, then a couple more days there before returning home. In all, 600+ miles, three seminars at three institutes, and lots of late nights. On my way to Mississippi, I had a quick and late lunch at Big Bob Gibson's in Decatur. I figured I had to try the white sauce I'd heard so much about.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7219.jpg
http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7212.jpg

I ordered a 4-meat platter with brisket, chicken, pulled pork and ribs. They don't hold back.

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To be honest, I had low expectations of the white sauce. It turned out I LOVED the stuff. It was one of the highlights. I even picked up a bottle to bring back with me. Overall, the brisket was bad (this is not unusual and no surprise for me). The chicken was good, but not great, the pulled pork was good and the ribs were varying. I was surprised to find that the ribs were mixed -- you can see in the picture they don't line up. The first two I had were a bit dry and tough. The rest were moist, tender and juicy, REALLY good. The highlight for me were the sauces, which were all a bit unique, especially the white sauce, which you can see on the pulled pork. Incidentally, they have a whole bunch of these things cluttering up their restaurant.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7218.jpg
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http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7213.jpg

In Starkville, I ate at The Little Dooey. Great building. Food is nothing to write home about.

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http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7221.jpg

I also ate at Greenbrier with some colleagues who live nearby. I had to get the catfish and the pulled pork. Again, the building and area were great, but the food was nothing special.

The last day, I had a private tour of the rocket facility at Huntsville. That was really nice.

http://i613.photobucket.com/albums/tt211/gvideen/Huntsville/IMG_7225.jpg
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I'm all set to sign up for Space Camp.

Incidentally, I think the best meal I had was at a gas station when I was filling up the rental car. There was a large offset in the parking lot smoking away. I had an outstanding pulled-pork sammie, great hickory smoke and nice homemade sauce. :thumb: Sorry, no pics.

deguerre
02-24-2012, 10:27 AM
Cool! Photos from home! I knew you'd like the white sauce Gore, which is why I suggested it. It is unique. Gibson's has a website so you can order when you run out. Glad you got to see the SARC too. I got to see quite a few of those display rockets at Marshall before they were given to the state for the museum. (Also a private tour, courtesy of my dad...:wink:).

Oh, and I could have told you not to bother with the brisket. Sorry.

OutlawSwine
02-24-2012, 10:29 AM
Sounds like you had a busy trip!

Space Camp is really fun. I chaperoned my daughter's field trip there 2 years ago. I think I had more fun than the kids did!

Gore
02-24-2012, 10:38 AM
Oh, and I could have told you not to bother with the brisket. Sorry.

Guerry, there is no need to apologize. I know not to order brisket, but when I'm visiting, I like to try everything. That platter was WAY too much for one person to eat for lunch, but didn't stop me from ordering it. I love a good brisket more than anything. In all the BBQ joints I've visited, I've only had really good brisket at two of them (one of which is long-ago out of business). I've had gawd-awful brisket at 60% of them, passable brisket at a couple places, and bad brisket at the rest. I know not to order brisket, and don't need any warning, but I'm an optimist by nature and hope to be surprised. I honestly don't know why it's on the menus at most places. The people I was at Greenbrier with were Texas natives and we just talked about bad-brisket stories from restaurants outside Texas. Next January I should be in Austin. :thumb:

deguerre
02-24-2012, 10:47 AM
It's a shame about Greenbrier's too. They used to serve REAL bottom feeding catfish caught locally but I guess they serve farm raised now. Not sure about the water quality of the Flint Creek anymore. There used to be a catfish joint on Old Moulton Rd that was better but I couldn't find any references to it when I searched for recommendations so I guess it's history. Anyhow, you were only about a mile or so from the house I grew up in when you were at Big Bobs.:becky:

Gore
02-24-2012, 10:56 AM
Don't get me wrong, Greenbrier wasn't bad at all. I've had some great catfish over the years and theirs was good, but I've had better. The people I was with used to eat there a lot. They told me it does vary a bit -- they hadn't been in a while as their previous meal wasn't the best. One thing I did like about Greenbrier is that as soon as you sat down they brought you a basketful of hot hushpuppies.