It started as a quest to visit all the 60+ BBQ places in the counties of Madison, Limestone, Morgan, and Lawrence in Northern Alabama (that is the Hunstville-Decatur Combined Statistical Area).
Then I got sent back to Germany and there was no BBQ. But eventually I got assigned to a new job which takes me on business trips in the USA occasionally. So I reopened the blog – just deleted the “North Alabama” from the title.
Friday, October 26, 2012
Whitt's Barbecue (Marion St)
Quest Log No 40 – Whitt’s Barbecue (Marion Street) Athens, Limestone County
There are two Whitt’s Barbecue
places in Athens,
and after visiting the one on Elm
Street, my wife decided that we should go to the
other one, on Marion Street,
as long as we were in the city. That was fine by me, for I can eat BBQ more
than once a day without any problem. Her motivation to go to the second place
was pure scientific curiosity – would they have the same quality?
Well, when we pulled up in the
parking lot, that question was answered immediately – since the place on Marion
Street does not have a pit of its own, they apparently get their meat from the
place on Elm Street, which has a pit.
So much for the quality comparison
We decided to get a sandwich there
anyway. I took a Turkey
sandwich, and my wife had a Beef sandwich – with all the fixins’, lettuce,
Additionally, my wife had half a
pint of potato salad, because she only got a few scoops before on Elm Street, and she
really liked it.
My Turkey sandwich was not bad, but it
also was not a real BBQ sandwich. If there was any smoky flavor to the turkey,
it was overlaid by the taste of the pickles and the mayonnaise. Don’t get me
wrong, it was still a very good sandwich, but not really a very good BBQ
sandwich. Maybe a white sauce instead of the mayonnaise, or less pickles, or
both would do the trick.
And my wife was downright
disappointed by her Beef sandwich – slow cooked, she said. No BBW flavor, plus
the dominance of the mayonnaise and the pickles. A very good sandwich, but not
if you expect at least some BBQ flavor.
Anyway, if I had the choice between
a Burger joint and Whitt’s, the latter would win most of the time. And since there seem to be no other halfway decent lunch places around in the Marion Street area, I can absolutely understand that this place was overrun by people when we were there.
as with the place on Elm Street
– no way I would drive there 30 miles in a snowstorm.