After visiting these two venues, I thought back to what it was I had savored in Texas and Georgia. That meat was cooked for a very long time with spices and smoke and salt and just enough heat to glorify each element of the mix in a single celebration, and we journeyed to eat barbecue and nothing else. Pulled directly from the pit, the meat wasn't smoked early and reheated later to serve us when we felt ready to order, nor were there options for light eaters, picky eaters, vegetarians, dieters, or folks who want the lean pieces. But most restaurants must please their regular customers, so for me the search for great local barbecue continues. In the meantime, there's fun to be had at Hotel Hickman and Smokehouse 52.
8050 Main Street
Thurs.-Sun. 6 a.m.-9 p.m. Closed Mon.-Wed.
Breakfast items $2-$5, lunch items $5-$20, dinner items $12-$25
Smokehouse 52 BBQ
125 S. Main