Georgia Bob’s BBQ Company (Macon, GA)
A few days back, we were taken to Georgia Bob’s Barbecue Company for lunch. We tried various things to get an all-around taste of what they had to offer. Between our two plates, we had ribs, pulled pork, and brisket (a rarity in Georgia, it seems), along with sweet potato tots, green beans, Brunswick stew, and macaroni and cheese.
On a positive note, the ribs were thick and meaty. And for the most part, it ends there. They weren’t very tender. And they lacked much in the way of smoked flavor. They came with a little bit of sauce mopped on them. It wasn’t enough sauce to add any real flavor and was too much to actually try the ribs without sauce.
They should just nix the sauce and let us add it at the table since they have three selections. It was part of a “2 meats” plate (with the brisket), so there was plenty of food, even though there were only two ribs. But no real complaints about the portion size, more about the underwhelming flavor.
Pulled pork is quintessential barbeque fare. Well, at Georgia Bob’s, they claim to be “the name in southern style pulled pork.” I sure hope not. Their version is definitely tender, but it’s also dry and has no smoked flavor, nor much of any flavor to speak of. Barbeque sauce is required, both to moisten the meat and to provide some flavor.
And then there’s the brisket…what can be said about the brisket? Scott considers brisket to be the hallmark of barbeque (perhaps he should’ve been a Texan), so when it’s on the menu, he’s getting it. Well, this brisket is definitely not the best ever. It’s most certainly tender, but there wasn’t much in the way of a smoked flavor (catching a trend here…). Sauce was definitely needed to add some flavor. Again, with this being on a “2 meats” plate, the portion size was sufficient to complete a good-sized meal.
The Barbeque Sauce
There are three sauce choices: Spicy, Mild, and Sweet. We skipped the Mild, but both the Spicy and Sweet live up to their names. Mixed together, they make a pretty righteous barbeque sauce that’s better than anything you’re going to find in the grocery store. The sauces are thick and stick to the meat. The sauces get the highest rating of everything, a 4.5/5.
Sweet Potato Tots
This was an interesting take on the trend of sweet potato fries. Everyone remembers tater tots from grade school lunches. Well, these are way better. They are sweet (dur!) and go well solo or with a little barbeque sauce, instead of ketchup. For both novelty and flavor, they get a 4/5.
This was our first exposure to this stuff called “Brunswick stew”. What’s Brunswick stew, you ask? According to Wikipedia, it is:
usually a tomato-based stew containing various types of lima beans/butter beans, corn, okra, and other vegetables, and one or more types of meat. Most recipes claiming authenticity call for squirrel or rabbit meat, but chicken, pork, and beef are also common ingredients. Some versions have a distinctly smoky taste. Eastern North Carolina Brunswick Stew has potatoes, which thickens it considerably. Eastern Virginia Brunswick Stew tends to be thinner, with more tomato flavor and less smoky flavor.
So this stuff was thick and it was pretty tasty. This was definitely one of the highlights of the meal and gave us a desire to try more versions of it. No rating since we have nothing to compare it to.
The green beans are fine. Nothing exceptional. They’re green beans and as decent as most everything else. Since we have to rate them, they’ll get a 3/5.
Macaroni & Cheese
This was some pretty blah and uninspiring macaroni & cheese. And we’re not even mac & cheese aficionados. 2/5 is about as generous as we can be here.
It’s your basic “place your order, go to your seat, walk back up to get your food” place. The people at the counter are plenty friendly and orders are filled fast and hot.
Alright, let’s get real…$19 for what is basically a fast food meal is a bit out of line. The portions were sufficient, but the taste was unexciting. We were full, for sure. But the food, while definitely not “bad,” was certainly not great. For a quick weekday lunch, it probably fills the bill and definitely tastes better than a McRib, but I wouldn’t take the family here for dinner.
The Doggy Bag, By Knox
Bah! No leftovers! What kind of *?%^ is this? The restaurant obviously needs larger portions. 0 paws up!