Montgomery Alabama BBQ Recommendation
- Passionate Eater Feb 6, 2003 11:10 AM
My husband and I have eaten at Sophia's on Adams Street several times and think it is the best place in town for BBQ. Super ribs, great sides that change daily. Excellent. They also serve breakfast. I have been in Montgomery for nine months and cannot imagine why other posts about Montgomery area BBQ have not mentioned this place. Other people have raved about Johnny Rays in Montgomery, but we found it disappointing and just average.
I prefer Sophia's over Sam's because of their sides, but honestly, neither has much in the way of flavor other than that of licking a burnt piece of hickory.
Maybe I'm spoiled (I did grow up on a farm where whole hog BBQ's were a regular occurrence) but IMHO there is no BBQ worth eating in this area unless you're cooking it your self.
Stay away from Country's unless you're drunk or high, or both. When the best thing that a BBQ place has to offer is grilled chicken fingers you know you're in trouble.
Jim-n-Nicks' meat can pass in a pinch but their sauce sucks.
Dreamland will never be as good as the T-town original...but then again the one in Tuscaloosa has got about 50 years of "seasoning" on the grates.
The Smokehouse in Millbrook is catering only now but, the meat was as the name implies...completely & totally smoked.
Oh how I can't wait to have my own place one day.
Ever try Chris's in Prattville or 5 brothers ribs? They weren't that impressive to me but others might find them better than jim & nicks.. like you said.. in a pinch. Who is that guy on fairview ave across from the farmer's market in a trailer who serves out of the window? I always thought of stopping there but haven't yet. If you feel like splurging try the short ribs at city grill/next door- the times I've had them they have melted on the fork- technically not bbq I guess though- but might stop the craving. Jerk Chicken I think could be considered bbq- island delight has that most days. Killer in a roti but watch the bones- or heII love shack's beer joints. I think india palace has a tandoor also. Just trying to think of tasty alternatives to the chains..hmm..
If you are up at lake martin there is Sho'Nuff and Cottons, which both scratch the itch- but I wouldn't go out of my way.
My top choice is still arrirang for grilling on the tables because you can cook it yourself- the way you like it and the meat is all marbled and quality.