In the heady days of my youth I would enjoy the finest and most succulent meals ever offered to man or gods. The toniest New York Bistros (nothing like the third-rate Sysco houses we have here in the benighted south) were my home away from home. But since I’m stuck here in the godforesaken backwoods of Tennessee I figured I would deign to go eat Barbecue and the new Mothership BBQ on Columbine Ave, located approximately 832 miles southwest of Manhattan. The first impressions of me and my party of 46 were of….
Whew. That was close. For a minute there someone else was writing my restaurant review for me. Glad I put a stop to that.
I never ate BBQ before I moved to Nashville. In Indiana “barbecue” is used as a synonym for “cookout” and translates to hot dogs, hamburgers and potatoe (ha!) salad. The first pulled pork BBQ I ever tasted was catered by Nick’s to a Superbowl party at my travel agency/office. That was 14 years ago. The second I ever had was from Witts. That was a memorial day picnic at Percy Priest Lake. Also 14 years ago. Between then and now I’ve also eaten Corky’s, Famous Dave’s, Jack’s and the Pig Sandwich at the Hard Rock Cafe.
I tell you the honest truth when I say that today, after 14 years of eating shadows on the cave wall I have finally tasted the Platonic ideal of Barbecue. This is, quite frankly, the best possible ending that any pig could hope for. Forget all that business about baby spiders and living to greet a new springtime. This is the true happy ending for pig.
I don’t write about food well, because it comes off sounding like ad copy. Lots of carelessly tossed adverbs like “succulent”, “moist”, “tender” etc. I can’t quite come up with a way to describe how excellent this barbecue is, other than to tell you that I wish they sold it in large takeaway quantities. (That dream is yet to be realised).
Please go eat there. I want them to stay in business so I can have my fix on a regular basis.
Where is it? Well, it’s in Berry Hill, tucked about a block behind Sam & Zoe’s Coffee Shop. 2806 Columbine Place. The food is excellent, well-priced and it’s BYOB.
Please, please, please eat there.