Barbecue and southern roots go hand in hand, but just because you live in the south doesn’t mean each barbecue joint you come across can live up to the honorary BBQ title. Here are five staples we suggest you get to know in and around Madison, Tennessee, if you want to experience pig heaven.
Whitt’s Barbecue is actually a local chain with locations in Madison, Hendersonville, and a host of other Tennessee locations, as well as one in Bowling Green, Kentucky. Despite its “good food fast” status, it is consistently ranked as one of the tastiest barbecue restaurants in the area. The menu features reasonably priced sandwiches as well as premium plates and sides such as loaded baked potato, baked beans, coleslaw, and green beans.
Whitt’s also offers large-scale ordering and catering for your next big family or sporting event. Try their classic pork barbecue sandwich for a reduced price on Wednesdays.
The Bar-B-Cutie Smokehouse is a regular fixture in Madison featuring tasty barbecue, beef brisket, and baby back ribs. The restaurant offers earlier hours than most, opening at 10 a.m. for those who start work early and lunch early. Bar-B-Cutie offers daily specials like hickory-pulled chicken and Virginia-baked ham for a set price. For a true southern experience, enjoy some turnip greens or fried okra with your barbecue pork. USA Today ranked Bar-B-Cutie one of the top ten restaurants in Nashville.
Center Point Barbecue
Owned and operated by the Loyd Family, Center Point Barbecue dubs itself “The Original Taste of Tennessee.” Center Point makes its own homemade sauce and lets you choose from pulled or minced barbecue. If you’re not sure where to start, we recommend the sliced beef brisket plate with a side of fried squash. Round off your meal with Chess Pie, a classic sweet, cornbread-like pie made with evaporated milk, butter, and sugar.
Like Bar-B-Cutie’s, Center Point opens at 10 a.m. They are located at 1212 West Main Street in Hendersonville, about 15 miles from Madison.
Big Daddy’s Bar-B-Que
No list of barbecue eateries around Madison and Nashville would be complete without Big Daddy’s. This is a true no-frills establishment. Big Daddy’s is located at 3825 Dickerson Pike, just five miles from Madison. It tends to get packed quickly at lunch time, so come as early as you can. They offer a limited menu with basics like ribs, shoulder, brisket, and chicken, but each item is delicious in its own right.
Customers rave over the catfish sandwich at Big Daddy’s, too. Pair it with pickles and an iced tea for a full meal.
Logan’s Roadhouse is a small regional chain based in Nashville. It has locations in Madison, Gallatin, Mt. Juliet, and elsewhere in Tennessee. In addition to classic barbecue and southern favorites, Logan’s cooks up a decent steak and classic American favorites. For lighter fare, try their roadhouse salad with yeast roll croutons. Pair it with a hand-shaken lemonade or iced tea.
While there are surely plenty of tasty barbecue restaurants in the area, these five really make the grade. I