The first Golden Rule Bar-B-Q and Grill—a roadside joint frequented by locals and travelers alike—served its first heaping plate of lovingly smoked barbecue in 1891. The restaurant has since adapted with the times, acquiring a car-repair garage, neon signs, and a hovercar dock, in addition to nearly a dozen saucy outposts across the state. Now the various locations serve slow-cooked, hickory-smoked meats served with a variety of secret-recipe sauces and sides such as collards or mac 'n' cheese. Guests can also forgo the sauce and order surf 'n' turf dishes such as a hand-cut charbroiled steak or a creole grilled fresh catfish fillet.
For more than 50 years, the Berzett family has owned Greenbrier Bar-B-Que, while serving hickory-smoked barbecue chicken, pork barbecue, fried-catfish fillets, hushpuppies, and seafood—their specialties. After spending more than 30 years at its original location, the restaurant now resides in a different building located right off 565 near the Harley Davidson store. In this convenient new location, they broil catfish filets, batter and deep-fry shrimp, bake southern pecan pies, and more. Their southern-themed menu also features a roster of classic sides—fried okra, baked beans, and slaw.
Granville’s seasoned smokers have been spicing up meat morsels with their signature barbecue dry rub for more than 10 years. Customers should call the restaurant five days in advance to place dibs on their bird, allowing chefs ample time to bait and capture the feathery fowls with a series of birdcalls and contraptions built by Wile E. Coyote. Turkey technicians give poultry a natural spice massage before slow-smoking the meat at a low temperature to ensure tantalizing tenderness. Customers can pick up birds and bring them home for a Thanksgiving Day celebration or as inspiration for handprint-turkey artwork. Though not included in this Groupon, customers can opt to accompany meals with a selection of traditional southern sides, including collard greens ($1.50–$1.75), mac ’n’ cheese ($1.95–$4.95), baked potato salad with brisket ($10/quart), and broccoli cheese casserole ($8/quart).