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, June 28, 2013
Whitt's Barbecue, Decatur Spring Ave
Quest Log No 54 – Whitt’s Barbecue, Decatur, Spring Ave Decatur, Morgan County
Now, there is only one Whitt’s
Barbecue left on my list. And although they are all very similar, they are not
the same. Some have a smoking unit, others have not. Some have (limited)
outside seating, others have not. Some are quite picturesque, others not so
much. But the quality of the BBQ is uniformly the same, and differs only by
Whitt’s Barbecue on Decatur’s Spring Ave has
a very sizeable parking lot in front of the building, with two red metal
benches on it. If you don’t mind to share your meal with some nasty fat black
flies, you can sit down there and eat. Otherwise, park your car at the parking
lot, or drive home and eat it there.
I chose to try out the fresh-air
version, which meant to have one hand constantly hovering over the Styrofoam box
to shush away those flies.
As usual, I had the pork plate,
which comes with slaw, baked beans, and potato salad by default. With a regular
drink, I paid not even nine Dollars, which is a good deal.
The meat was tasty, although not
really in a smoky-kind of way. It also was a bit soggy, but tender and lean. With
the simple vinegar based peppery sauce that comes with the plate, it was quite
The sides were good, too, without
being earth-shatteringly outstanding. The rather neutral tasting potato salad
and the plain tasting beans are comparable to something you could pick up in a
super market. The slaw came with a quite sour vinegar dressing and was the best
of the three sides.
I would rank Whitt’s Barbecue as
plainly in the middle of the BBQ-road – nothing special here, but good quality Q
at a very reasonable price. Or, as I already said before – a better tasting and
healthier alternative to your typical burger joint.