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Price’s Barbecue House 100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die

Tasty Tuesday for my #54th taste experience or #47 on the countdown of “The 100 Dishes to Eat In Alabama Before You Die.”  The Pork Plate at Price’s Barbecue House.

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Located on some prime real estate in the downtown area of Auburn, Price’s Barbecue House has been on the scene since 1978. The hickory-smoked pork plate has been on my list but each time I went to visit the restaurant was closed; spring break, one Sunday and a Saturday evening. I swear I did this three times, I should learn to call ahead of my visits. But on this day, I saw that pig wearing #25 and my car wheels made that turn into the parking lot and it was on.

I walked up to the counter under a sign that said “order here” and could not find the menu. After I had ordered, I found it near the entrance. Clearly, the customers must be familiar with the menu. Faced with the choice of either chipped or sliced pork, I sought the guidance of a helpful staff member and chose chipped. The sauce comes mixed in the chipped pork. Next, I chose 2 classics that are my standard of measurement for a restaurant, coleslaw,  and baked beans.

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Although there was seating indoors, the weather was so beautiful that I took my Styrofoam plate outside to sit at one of several picnic tables. Eating the plate at the picnic table, I felt like I was at a picnic. What a great way for a Badger fan to enjoy a lunch.

MEGastars: 3 *** A nice sized serving and an enjoyable lunch.

MEGatips:

  1. Since the restaurant was closed during spring break week, I am unsure how the restaurant handles other break weeks. *Do call ahead. The website reads the following hours: Open 7 a.m. (serving breakfast until 10:30 a.m. M-F) and Saturdays 10:am-3:00 p.m. serving lunch only. The restaurant is closed on Sunday’s. Price’s Barbecue House
  2. Chipped pork is not pulled pork. It has a different consistency. Think tender strands vs. morsels.
  3. If you prefer your sauce not be mixed into the meat, order sliced and have them hold the sauce so that you might put on your own.
  4. Sit outside with an appetite and some friends; load up the table with food.
  5. Tourism Alabama recommends the Brunswick Stew and barbecue slaw topped off with banana pudding. Why not?
  6. The restrooms are located outdoor of the seating area.
  7. Other places that I have visited on my quest to try “100” Toomer’s Lemonade, Lasagnette at Ariccia, Momma’s Love Sandwich at Momma Goldberg’s Deli, and my favorite, the magnificent Crab Cake and Avocado at The Amsterdam Café. See the 100 Dishes link above for Auburn blogs.

This MEGabites and MEGastars description is found at the bottom of each post. If you are new to my 100 Dishes in Alabama escapade, this may be helpful information.

ABOUT:  *100 Dishes To Eat In Alabama Before You Die,” is a compilation of food to chow down on “Bama style.”  Thanks to Tourism Alabama, www.alabama.travel my Alabama bucket list just became a little easier.  I am going to have some food fun while making my way like Ms. Pacman, in yet another state that I call home.   From the little old diner to the white cloth setting, this journey is an opportunity for me to explore my new state and experience pride in food from restaurateurs who are dedicated to local food, with some Alabama style. From the local BBQ smoker to James Beard recipients, you too will take a culinary trip across scenic and historical Alabama.  From this list, I select stops based upon convenience of location and they are in no particular order (but I already have a few favorites.)  Perhaps when I finish this list, I will rank my favorite dishes. You too may pick up the brochure at Alabama Tourism stops or download the alphabetical brochure that begins in Abbeville and ends in York.

I use a 5 MEGastar system.  For the most part, I am traveling a distance to try these dishes and these places get one shot at how I view the food and experience.   I will not be taking an average of three visit experiences and I factor this in when I give my star rating. That said, I’m very easy to please, I can overlook quite a bit and have worked in the food service industry.  I am not a paid food critic, just Meg, a curious traveler, with an interest in trying different foods and sharing my two cents on the experience.  I try to follow my own star system so that I may be fair to the wonderful dishes on this list.

  • *meh food. Just wasn’t good. Maybe the food came from a can? or,  the place was not one that I would want to send someone to show pride in Alabama.   This has happened to me a few times and is a difficult write.
  • ** passable – the food was “ok” but the place  was not “ok” or vice versa.
  • *** good but not outstanding or unique.
  • **** Very tasty dish AND meets one of the definitions set forth by Alabama Foods/Tourism, of local food and/OR truly highlights Alabama Pride.
  • ***** I actually died, went to heaven and came back when I ate the dish. And/Or, something is very unique, something you cannot get anywhere else.
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