Have you been to Clyde’s Barbeque yet? Madison’s newest barbeque restaurant offers a wide variety of smoked meats, decadent sides, and sweet southern treats! Sorry vegan’s this one isn’t for you. If you’re a fan of pork, turkey, beef, lamb Cylde’s has you covered. They smoke their meats with actually wood, something that isn’t often found. The bbq joint is named after a stray (well former stray) dog-Clyde. Owner Stan Stinson was out barbequing, when a scruffy mutt smelled the smoking meats and came trotting up. And he came back the next day and the day after that and the day after that. Soon Stan took the pup in and when it was time to name the restaurant he knew who his mascot would be. That have delicious sides and a massive stuffed baked potato with lamb bacon and all the fix-ins. They support local food purveyors such as Pablo’s Pickles and The Dessert Fork. I love foodies supporting foodies! And for dessert make sure you get one of their smoked cookies. My photo does not do it justice. Southern style, Clyde’s has a revolving menu, offering different dishes on different days, including smoked meatloaf. The savory hand-pies are especially popular.
One of the main perks of being a food blogger, if not the main perk, is getting invited to restaurants to sample the fare and write about it. Sweet! Last weekend I was in food blogger heaven when I got to participate in the 2015 Food Blogger Tour with the Huntsville Visitor’s Bureau in preparation for Huntsville’s 5th Annual Restaurant Week.
This year’s restaurant week is bigger than ever, with over 60 restaurants participating. Foodies can sample some of Huntsville’s best dishes at special prices. It will take place from August 14th to the 23rd, so make sure you mark your calendars.
Since the Alabama Tourism Department dubbed 2015 the Year of Alabama Barbecue, we appropriately started the blog tour at LawLers Barbecue in Madison. I’ve actually been to LawLers numerous times and always enjoy it, so I was very happy to see that it was part of the blog tour. Upon arrival, I got to meet my fellow bloggers: half of whom I knew and half of who were new. (see what I did with the word play, knew vs new. ha ha! I’m Shakespeare reincarnated!)
Anyways, I got to meet:
Clint Cantwell with Grillocracy
Phillip Fryman with Southern FATTY
Christy Jordan with Southern Plate
Stephenie Walker with Rocket City Mom
Constance Smith with Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Katie Wright with Katie Actually
All of them are incredibly talented, so I was quite honored to be a part of the group.LawLers is a decently sized restaurant that is always buzzing with customers. It has a drive through window for the customer on-the-go, but I recommend eating inside as the restaurant is filled with fun, rustic decor and has a friendly, neighborly atmosphere. The staff is super friendly and quick. In fact, I ordered my food and it was brought to me so quickly I thought that it was someone else’s order, so I kept trying to give it to people standing nearby thinking it was theirs. I ordered one of LawLers Restaurant Week Specials, which was tender pulled pork, two sides (I went with green beans and mac & cheese), a roll, a large sweet tea (or unsweet for heathens) and a piece of Sara Lee pecan pie, all for only $10! It was a ton of food and it was all delicious! As a former Yankee, I am prohibited from commenting on the authenticity of the sweet tea, but several born and raised Southerner’s assured me that it was authentic and delicious.
LawLers also offers the Stuffie Tater, which is a “huge baked potato stuffed with butter, a dollop of sour cream, a layer of shredded cheese…then a hefty portion of tender juicy pork barbecue, followed by a sprinkling of more shredded cheese and some chives!” It was listed as one of the top 100 Alabama dishes to try before you die.
LawLers also caters and has freeze-packed barbecue for customers that want the deliciousness available to them 24/7.After you eat at LawLers, go vote for them to win the Alabama Barbecue Battle. They are neck and neck for first place so let’s help push them over the edge.
Website: Check it out, just to see the dancing pig!
544 Hughes Road Madison, AL 35758
10:30 am to 8:00 pm Mon-Sat
At the last leg of our food journey, we found ourselves at New Market BBQ. The restaurant is a red-roofed wooden building, surrounded by barrels of brightly colored flowers. It is the kind of place you see and you know immediately that you will be served excellent Barbecue, and I am glad to report the restaurant exceeded my high expectations.
When we arrived at the restaurant, the sky was quite ominous looking and storms were eminent, but this in no way unswayed the bbq lovers from coming out to New Market BBQ. The parking lot and restaurant was full of people who were more than willing to brave the rain and wind to get their pulled pork and brisket dinners.
The restaurant inside is rustic and fun, with lots to look at. Especially fun is owner Libby’s extensive pig collection. I have been to New Market BBQ on three previous occasions, and every time I go there I notice a new pig that I hadn’t seen before.
There aren’t tables, rather a bar that goes across the front of the restaurant. It creates an intimate environment allowing you to easily become friends with your neighbors. If you want a more secluded dinning experience, there is a pavilion with picnic tables adjacent to the restaurant.
At the heart of the restaurant is the smoker where all the magic happens. Kelly and Libby pride themselves in cooking all their meats the old-fashioned way, and this is what makes customers keep on coming back. The restaurant is open only 3 days a week and is full the entire three days. Cooking is a labor-intensive process and customers appreciate the time and effort that goes into it.
The rain finally started, but thankfully we were all cozy inside the dining area. We ordered our food, many of us taking forever (myself included) because there were so many delicious-sounding options.
Everyone was sharing their food, because it was all so good we needed to try everything. It was all great! After we had all eat past normal human consumption, we had (got to) pick out a dessert. There were SO many choices, pecan pie, coconut pie, Elvis cake, banana pudding, peanut butter pie, and on and on.