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, November 2, 2012
Lawler's Barbecue Express #5
Quest Log No 41 – Lawler’s Barbecue Express #5 (Memorial Parkway) Huntsville, Madison County
The purist version of BBQ is
certainly pulled pork on a plate, with a couple of sides and some sweet tea.
Maybe a pulled pork sandwich does qualify, too. But if you put pulled pork on
something else – is this even BBQ anymore? Like, on a gigantonomous baked
potato, with cheese and sour crème and the kitchen sink?
Well, that’s what I had at the
Lawler’s Barbecue Express #5 on Memorial
Parkway in Huntsville
You know my rule – if it’s a chain,
I’ll have a different item from the menu in each of the various locations.
So this time it was the stuffed
tater with pulled pork, for about nine Dollars with a drink.
While I wouldn’t want to eat that
every day – I am trying to preserve my girlish figure, you know, and this thing
surely has a gazillion calories - I must say that it was very tasty. The pork
was very tender, lean and succulent, and it harmonized extremely well with the
other stuff they put on the potato. They had their four sauces on the table,
but I did not need any of them – it was perfect how it came out of the kitchen.
And yes, I know, they do not smoke
their meat in those satellite locations, but do it in a central place up in Tennessee and drive it down to Alabama then. The purist in me cringes at
the mere thought of it, but the hungry man says, as long as it tastes good, who
cares? It surely beats the food you usually get at the next burger joint.
Although, from the looks of it,
this place on Memorial Parkway
does not have many special features that would distinguish it from other fast
It is located at the corner of a
small strip mall, and the interior is, well, functional. Some wooden tables and
chairs, a few decorative signs on the walls, really nothing special. Other
Lawler’s have a more special interior, with more attention to detail and a much
cozier ambience. This place has a more factory like charm – which is
understandable, because it is clearly not a typical family dinner location, but
a place where Joe and Jack from the power company emergency unit get their
lunches. Big taters and all.