Michael’s Casual Dining (Etowah, TN)

While we were at Pinhook Plantation House, we took the 20 minute drive to Etowah, TN to grab some BBQ. Our hosts told us that other guests enjoyed the food at Michael’s Casual Dining, so we decided to check it out. How can you pass up favorably reviewed BBQ when you’re in the south?

Ribs

The ribs at Michael’s are incredibly fall-off-the-bone tender. They are definitely flavorful and moist, but unfortunately were really heavy on the fat and light on the meat. The serving size was good, 7 bones for $13. Overall, the ribs were pretty good, but not great.

Brisket

You already knew that Scott was going to order the brisket, didn’t you? The brisket at Michael’s was decent, but pretty far from as tender as good brisket should be. Brisket should practically melt from the long smoking. This definitely didn’t.

The sauce was really good at first, a good mixture of sweet, tangy, and spicy. But by the end of the meal, the sweetness overpowered everything else. Overall, the serving size was good though, about 6 oz of brisket for $10. This is definitely not the best brisket we’ve eaten.

Extras

Onion Rings

Michael’s onion rings were excellent with light, crispy batter. The serving size was ample, neither too small nor ridiculously big. Sadly for Michael’s, we liked the onion rings better than the barbeque: 4/5.

Salad

The salad probably came out of a bag. It was your basic mediocre, underwhelming salad with iceberg lettuce and not much else to speak of: 2/5

Bread and Butter

Michael’s bread was really good and came with honey butter, which is a nice touch. Again, better than the barbeque, sadly: 4/5.

Vegetable Medley

The vegetable medley is the standard zucchini, yellow squash, carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower, but it was served in garlic butter with nice chunks of garlic. Pretty good work on the veggies: 3.5/5.

Chili

Scott’s a sucker for a well-made bowl of chili and this definitely was. It was a basic chili, but the flavors mixed well together and it had a nice dollop of cheese added to make it nice and cheesy: 4/5.

Service

The service was excellent. Our server (Chris) was prompt, attentive, brought everything just as requested, and very friendly. A bonus (at least in Edie’s mind)? A super thick, super cute Southern accent.

Overall Value

We spent $36 with tip, but no alcohol. That’s a little over our guideline of “2 eat for under $30,” but in the ballpark of what we’d expect to spend for two people.

The Doggy Bag, by Knox

Mommy and Scott went on this trip alone, leaving poor little me at home with Grandma. Then they didn’t even bother to bring me any leftovers. But that’s okay because Grandma fed me chicken and rice, sausage, ice cream, and tons of other good things. In the grand scheme, it seems that I did better than you all anyway.

Overall Ratings

Ribs
Brisket
Extras
Service
Overall Value
Final Rating
Knox’s Rating