Restaurant Listings: Barbecue
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1810 Montgomery Hwy., Hoover/Riverchase, 733-1300
Hwy. 280 & Hugh Daniels Drive, 280 corridor/Greystone, 991-1306
220 Oxmoor, Homewood, 942-3336
1908 11th Ave. S., Southside/Five Points South, 320-1060
1660 Gadsden Hwy., Trussville, 661-3100
915 Odum Rd., Gardendale, 608-3315
1804 Hwy. 78 East, Jasper, 221-2271
Smoked pork, chicken, ribs, beef, turkey, sausage with all the trimmings, plus non-barbecue appetizers, entrees, sandwiches, soups and salads. We eat at the Riverchase location frequently, and think it's very good, but have heard mixed reviews on other locations. Bronze medalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008.
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7268 Gadsden Highway Suite 120, Trussville, 655-8228
3431 Colonnade Pkwy, Hwy. 280 corridor, 967-0099
316 Valley Avenue, Homewood, 945-7437
2910 Morgan Road, Bessemer, 424-6639
10569 Old Hwy 280, Chelsea, AL, 678-8418
2252 Pelham Pkwy, 989-7211
1460 Montgomery Hwy., Vestavia, 823-7437
We think Johnny Ray's is not as good as it was before they started branching out. The old Valley Ave. location, in an old Sambo's restaurant, is still the best. The barbecue's OK, but Honey's Pies are worth the visit!
3921 1st Avenue North
A reader recommends this small restaurant downtown, with not only barbecue and sandwiches but also a buffet with several choices of meat and vegetables. Breakfast, too. "I ate there almost every day for two years," writes Doug Richardson. "Good service and the nicest people around."
3278 Cahaba Heights Road, Vestavia
We weren't that impressed, but a lot of people say Miss Myra's is some of the best barbecue in the 'Ham. For 20-plus years, this family business has been serving barbecue in what used to be a convenience store. The barbecue was so popular, they got out of the convenience store business. You place your order at the register and pick up your foot at a counter overlooking the barbecue pit. Between 500 and 600 piggies adorn the restaurant -- ceramic pigs, wooden pigs, stuffed pigs, piggy banks. You can get pork, beef, chickn, ribs, smoked ham and smoked sausage. White sauce has been a staple of the menu since the gas station days. Pies are made fresh every day. A top 10 finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008
2501 Rocky Ridge Road, 822-2773
731 29th St. South (Southside/Lakeview), 252-5888
Moe's Lunch Shack, 2025 3rd Ave. North, Suite #104 (Downtown), 250-6335
2341 John Hawkins Pkwy, Suite #117, Hoover, 985-8841
Started in Tuscaloosa in 1988 (we used to eat there when we lived in Tuscaloosa), Moe's relocated in 2000 to Vail, Colo., where there are now two locations. Orange Beach followed, and in late 2007 the Vestavia Hills store opened. A no-frills barbecue establishment, with rolls of paper towels on the tables, order-at-the-counter service. Five meat choices for sandwiches, seven platters, about 10 sides. A November 2007 City Scene review gave high marks for the pulled pork sandwich topped with marinated slaw, smoked turkey sandwich, fried catfish sandwich. "Side items ran from barely passable to really, really good," (baked beans and fried green tomatoes among the latter, sweet potato salad among the former), and shrimp Moe' boy was disappointing. Live music in the bar area on Friday nights. A top five Reader's Choice winner in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008.
525 25th Street South, Southside, 324-1007
2000 Patton Chapel Road, Hoover, 822-MOON (6666)
4635 Hwy. 280 East, Inverness, 991-7328
337 Valley Ave., Homewood, 945-9997
In our opinion, what was once the best BBQ in Bham has gone downhill since they expanded beyond two locations. When it's good, the meat is tender, the sauce a perfect blend between zesty and sweet, the spicy relish and pickles a perfect addition to the sandwiches. And the "sides" are just as good, whether it's the steak fries, marinated slaw, key lime pie or decadent "half-moon" chocolate-dipped chocolate chip cookies. A top 10 finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008.
2516 Walker Chapel Road, Fultondale
We don't list much up Fultondale way, but City Scene gave Porky's Pride five stars in a 2007 review, touting "excellent barbecue -- and more -- at this casual, rustic, country-style dining destination." The review found the barbecue pork tender and moist, ribs "tender, smoky, meaty, falling-off-the-bone," and gave good marks to the fried catfish with light, puffy hushpuppies, as well as blackberry cobbler and coconut cake. A top 10 finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008
6596 Warrior River Road, Concord
A few miles outside of Hueytown, Rabbit's is best known for its barbecue, but it was also a finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Burger Around" contest.
1008 Oxmoor Road, Homewood (Edgewood)
In the location of the former Broadway BBQ, now owned by the local maker of Saw's Sauce. They're continuing the stuffed taters Broadway's was known for. Pulled pork, smoked chicken, ribs. In a June 2009 City Scene review, Fletcher Harvey called it "an impressive barbecue contender," with a "menu as basic as the decor." The style, Harvey says, "might be termed 'Bamalina,' indicating influences of North Carolina and Alabama." The house sauce is a thin, sweet, vinegar-based Carolina-style sauce, but there's also a thicker, more tomato-ey version for Alabama palates, he writes. And smoked chicken is served with a North-Alabama-style white sauce. However, he says, the flavor of the meat stands up quite well on its own, even without sauce. From the sides, macaroni and cheese was "singularly good," followed closely by the vinegary potato salad. Banana pudding, however, was a "major disappointment."
245 Summit Blvd. (280 corridor)
Lunch and dinner featuring barbecue, steak and seafood, salads, sandwiches, and a couple of interesting-looking barbecue/Chinese fusion dishes. Seven different sauces, include North Alabama white BBQ sauce, North and South Carolina style sauces, Asian barbecue sauce, and jalapeno-onion sauce.Sunday brunch with New Orleans-style Southern favorites alongside dishes featuring smoked meats. In a September 2007 City Scene review when it was BoneDaddy's, Fletcher Harvey called it "a more or less traditional barbecue joint/steak house in the making with an ambitious, basically well-executed menu." He enjoyed smoked chicken quesadilla, crawfish beignets, black angus filet ("as near perfect as it gets"), marinated sirloin steak, baked sweet potato, fried catfish platter, generous side salads, chocolate bread pudding. All dressings and sauces are made in-house. Thumbs down for cornbread dressing and spicy potato salad. This family-friendly restaurant is owned by former Fleming's partner John Cowan and former Birmingham banking executive Jimmy Taylor Sr. A top 10 finalist in the Birmingham News' "Best Ribs in Birmingham" contest, 2008.