Barbecue finds a home

For about two years, Buz and Ned’s Real Barbecue has been open at the corner of West Broad and Parham, and it’s my fault for not going sooner. If you haven’t made the trip, shame on you.

As I finally walked in at noon on a Monday, I put aside many years of deep Fuddruckers-laced nostalgia from my childhood, and the smell of all kinds of barbecue greeted us.

There is much to see; nothing is overlooked when it comes to decor. While waiting in line to place your order, you can watch as each item is fried, chopped and cut right before your eyes behind a glass window.

I attempted to order beef brisket, but was told it would be another hour, so I went for pork barbecue with fresh country greens and fried corn. My friend ordered chicken barbecue, fried okra and cuke and onion salad.

While we waited for our food, we took in bluegrass music and gulps of sweet tea. Businessmen on lunch breaks watched golf and baseball at the lengthy bar that leads up to a gift shop full of sauces, t-shirts and cookbooks.

Bags of hardwood charcoal are piled high in the corner of the restaurant beside thick wooden tables. Above each table hang lights made from water basins. A massive fan spans the ceiling of the dining room and a decorative exhaust fan hangs outside the restrooms.

This is the perfect place to bring a man, said my friend, who was absolutely right. I felt like I was in Texas. Everything is big here.

Our food came and went quickly, and we made sure to share. Fried corn was just what it sounded like: corn on the cob that had been deep fried. The flavor was rich and greasy, matching the many flavors in my fresh country greens – a combination of spices, grease and butter.

There was nothing healthy about my meal, but I wasn’t counting on it.

My pork was moist and plentiful. I poured some sauce on top and finished off my serving.

My friend’s fried okra stole the show. The greasy little bites filled in every gap on her plate between her chicken and salad, and we didn’t leave one uneaten. Her chicken was a little fatty, but the cuke and onion salad was perfectly prepared, sour and tangy. Each of our meals averaged about $10.

After our hefty meal, we opted to skip dessert although the bread pudding was calling my name. Other options include brownies, cookies, cinnamon bourbon apples, and ice cream floats.

I will go back to try these treats as well as the Southwest Shrimp Skewers, hushpuppies, and Brunswick stew.

And of course, don’t forget the spare ribs, baby back ribs, and beef ribs.
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