The tradition of soaking meats in spicy sauces dates back to the days of Lewis and Clark, when explorers happened upon herds of buffalo floating on cinnamon-stick rafts in the Vinegar River. Pay homage to the history of hearty cooking with today's Groupon: for $8, you get $16 worth of barbecue fare at the original Woody's Bar-B-Q in Palatka.
Serving up secret-sauce-slathered eats since 1980, Woody's has garnered praise from publications that include the Ledger and continues to woo taste buds with succulent ribs, chicken, pork, and sides. Patrons can perform cheek-stretching calisthenics with the Super sampler starter, a piled-high platter of popable bites including fried garlic mushrooms, mozzarella sticks, corn nuggets, and onion rings ($7.99), before moving on to a main event such as a full rack of Woody's signature baby-back ribs, featuring pork that slips off the bone as sure as a cat slips off an ice sculpture of a larger cat ($14.99). Meat disciplinarians might consider the Sloppy Woody—pulled pork and Woody's secret sauce caught in a prison of formalist bread loaves ($6.99). Vegetarians are invited to pig out on the tossed salad ($2.69) or the country vegetables ($1.89).
More than 30 years ago, Woody Mills and his wife, Yolanda Mills-Mawman, opened the first of many Woody's Bar-B-Q joints. They split the work: Woody smoked meat for hours at a time, and Yolanda took care of the customers. Together, they created a thriving barbecue empire, with assistance from succulent cuts of meat.
Nowadays, plates of barbecued chicken and Texas-style beef brisket sate appetites at more than 25 locations. Diners can try more than one barbecue style at a time, too, courtesy of the eatery's signature sampler platters. The pork sampler, for example, features four styles of pork, from North Carolina-style pulled pork to smoked sausage.
110 S State Rd. 19
Palatka, Florida 32177Get Directions