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tanya73 Mar 1, 2009 09:27 AM

Looking for a chicken/ribs and bisquits kind of place. My friend has a massive craving for some southern food like the kind fourd in the TV show Diners, Drive Ins and Dives....is there such a place in Calgary?

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    Merry113 Mar 1, 2009 09:35 AM

    Nope. I'm from Alabama & I can tell you there's NOTHING. The two closest kind of places would be Big T's and the Palomino.

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      23skidoo Mar 1, 2009 10:05 AM

      Also Booker's.

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        itwillmakeaturd Mar 1, 2009 11:27 AM

        I like Big T's a little better than Palomino, but neither can really compare to what you get in the south. BBQ in Canada means grilling a steak, sorry.

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          John Manzo Mar 1, 2009 11:30 AM

          Such is the case in 95% of the US as well.

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            Scary Bill Mar 2, 2009 08:24 AM

            Can you provide a reference for that statistic please? It seems a bit high to me.

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              John Manzo Mar 2, 2009 08:36 AM

              It's called "rhetoric."

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                Gobstopper Mar 2, 2009 02:04 PM

                As for your friends need:
                Corn Fritters at chicken on the way = pretty good
                Big T's = not great, but not totally inauthentic (stick with pork)

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        sweedon Mar 2, 2009 02:17 PM

        I'm also a big Southern BBQ fan. Palomino and Big T's are ok. I don't think the turnover is high so there is a lot of reheating. Definately nothing like real Texas BBQ. Your best bet is to buy a smoker and do it at home. It's not hard to produce "Q" better than restaurants.

        1. AriaDream Mar 2, 2009 06:57 PM

          I would recommend Big T's, and try the deep fried pickles. :) It's not as great as the stuff in Diners, Drive Ins and Dives but those pickles are divine!

          PS - Don't order the rice pudding for dessert! Awful. But the peacan pie is great.

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            maplesugar Mar 2, 2009 07:49 PM

            Been awhile since we've been to Big T's... I don't remember having room to eat dessert :) Just curious but what makes the rice pudding awful? DH likes his dry (baked) whereas I like mine more like my morning oatmeal.

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              Jasz Mar 2, 2009 09:22 PM

              So it's just me then that finds Big T's bland?

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                Merry113 Mar 3, 2009 03:21 AM

                I don't think anyone has raved about how wonderful Big Ts is. It's just one of 2 places that has food that the op asked for. :)

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                  Leibowitz Mar 3, 2009 07:45 PM

                  You are very right. I've had a better pulled pork sandwich in Prince George of all places.

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