Restaurant Listings: Barbecue
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1813 27th Ave. South
Lunch only at this hole in the wall behind Chicago Mike's in Homewood. Offers both pork and beef barbecue, as well as chicken and Polish sausage, plus hot dogs and hamburgers. Hole in the wall atmosphere, limited menu. The sauce is spicy, not sweet, with lots of black pepper.
407 Main St. North, Warrior
Owner Paul "Daddy" Woodard learned the art of barbecue from his father growing up in Chicago. Winner of the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest 2008.
1724 9th Ave., Bessemer
Serving Birmingham since 1957, with ribs, pork shoulder, barbecued beef, chicken. The pork is cooked the traditional way, for eight hours over a brick barbecue pit.
3511 6th Avenue South
Founded in 1945. Birmingham News' John Archibald described this Southside/Lakeview area hole in the wall this way in his column: "...decent chopped pork, better-than-that cheeseburgers and guilty, greasy hand-cut fries distributed by a pair of sassy blond waitresses, Tammy No. 1 and Tammy No. 2, whom the regulars enjoy even more than the pig butt."
5893 Trussville Crossings Blvd., 655-0020
613 Springville Road, Huffman (original location since 1980), 853-9933
15 Lakeshore Pkwy., Homewood (Wildwood), 263-0145 (Drive-thru only)
2201 4th Place West (north of downtown, off Finley Blvd.), 252-2109
Menu varies by location, but Trussville store offers not just barbecue sandwiches and plates (pork, beef, ribs, chicken or turkey), but also burgers, sandwiches, Southern veggies, hot wings, fried catfish, salads, steaks, grilled salmon. Breakfast and sports bar at Trussville store. Finley location also offers pasta, shellfish and fresh fish in addition to barbecue, steaks etc. Huffman and Wildwood locations have more limited, typical barbecue menus.
1901 28th Ave. South
A Homewood institution for 45 years, serving Southern barbecue with a Greek flair. Beef, pork, chicken, turkey, sandwiches. Greek chicken on Wednesday nights. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
1427 14th Ave. South
Although the original rustic Tuscaloosa location served nothing but ribs and white bread, Dreamland now also offers pork sandwiches, chicken and side dishes along with its famous ribs at this Southside location as well as several others. Eat in or carry out, catering available, ribs and sauce orders shipped anywhere in the world. Silver medalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008.
Birmingham Airport, 5600 Messer Airport Hwy., 591-6100
5060 Academy Drive, Bessemer, 426-5188
740 Brookwood Village, Suite 238, Homewood, 423-9068
Harbert Plaza, 1901 6th Ave N Suite 263, downtown, 801-9600
4290 Highway 52, Helena, 621-7427
1571 Montgomery Hwy, Hoover, 823-7770
2506 Crestwood Blvd., Irondale, 956-2678
81 Church St., Suit 104, Crestline Village, Mountain Brook, 803-0083
744 29th Street South, Southside/Lakeview, 327-5414
3100 Pelham Parkway, 621-4525
120 South Chalkville Road, Trussville, 655-4849
Golden Rule has grown into a regional chain, but we include it here because it's still a home-grown business. The first Golden Rule opened its doors in 1891, just a short distance from where the Irondale location is today. The original building was a roadside stop for travelers making the journey to Atlanta. The current Irondale restaurant has been in its location on Hwy. 78 for more than 30 years. The next oldest is the Hoover location, opened in 1973. In an April 2009 City Scene review of the Crestline location, Tom Gaskin said it "rises to the to like just-right fried green tomatoes in the fry bath," praising the fried green tomatoes, an addictive Brunswick stew, the pork sandwich, mac and cheese and collard greens.
7530 Highway 78, Dora
We've never been there, but the place has been around since the 1950s, so it must have something going for it. There are currently three generations working there. Check out a little bit of the history and interviews with the current owner, Susie Headrick, who bought it with husband Leo in the '70s, at http://www.southernbbqtrail.com/greentopbbq.shtml.
1644 Forestdale Plaza, Forestdale
In a small, homey store along U.S. Highway 78, Dave Lawrence continues the tradition of his father-in-law Jim Deerman, who retired from the business in 1982.