BBQ Thursday: Jomax Edition

Due to real life obligations, BBQ Thursday has been placed on the “back burner.”  So without further ado…

I was traveling in East Georgia last week and was going through Metter, located halfway between Dublin and Savannah on I-16. 

It was lunch time and I was hungry.  The Metter exit has all kinds of fast food fare, but I wanted some Cue.  Google led me there.

Jomax BBQ is located right off the main road (across from the Waffle House), less than a mile from I-16.  It is a very charming building, the type of place when someone says “BBQ joint” you know exactly what pops in mind. 


I walked in and immediately liked what I saw.  The back wall was adorned with UGA paraphernalia, so I knew I was amongst friends.  I sat down and looked over the menu.  In addition to BBQ, they offered up Pot Roast and Vegetables.

After looking over the menu, I decided to go with my good ol’ stand by: a BBQ Sandwich (Jumbo), potato salad and sweet tea with lemon.  No more than 3 minutes after I ordered, my food was brought out.  I’ll say the service at Jomax was exceptional; the waitresses were very attentive and sweet girls.


Being hungry, I appreciated the quick delivery.  I dug on in and was pleased.  It wasn’t the best BBQ I have ever had, but it wasn’t bad.  It wasn’t too dry.  I did add sauce to my sandwich.  I was disappointed in the sauce.  It wasn’t sweet and it wasn’t hot.  It was kind of bland.  I like either sweet or heat.  Nothing doing with their sauce.     

I liked the potato salad.  It was made exactly how I like it (and how my wife makes it), with just a hint of mustard-just enough to let you know its there.  I have found that sometimes you take a gamble with ordering potato salad in a restaurant; this gamble paid off. 

I finished up lunch rather quickly.  I pushed my plate away and the waitress asked me if I would like desert.  I usually decline desert in restaurants, but I had a feeling there would be some peach cobbler on the menu.  To me, a good BBQ meal isn’t complete with out a bowl of peach cobbler.  

Jomax didn’t disappoint.  They brought out a cup of peach cobbler.  I think it was day or two old.  It definitely wasn’t fresh, because the waitress asked me if I wanted it put in the microwave served hot.  It should have been hot already I thought.  But my standing rule is there is no such thing as bad cobbler.  It was good, not the best, but I would get it again.

 The one complaint that I had from Jomax was the price.  My lunch (including a generous tip for the outstanding service) was over $15.  That is an expensive lunch-even with a desert.  If you go, don’t order your items a la carte like I did; you’ll be better off getting a dinner plate.  The jumbo sandwich wasn’t as jumbo as I had hoped for, so by getting the dinner you’ll get a larger portion. 

 Overall, Jomax was a good place to get a meal.  I was able to get some cue, support a local business and avoid fast food.  That should be three reasons enough to go there if you’re passing through Metter at lunch time.  It was not the best BBQ I have ever had, but it by far wasn’t the worst.  What Jomax lacks in its BBQ, it is made up for in atmosphere and service.  A good place to eat, and if I’m passing through Metter again during lunch I’ll stop by for some more.


8 Responses to “BBQ Thursday: Jomax Edition”

  1. 1 Al April 29, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I doubt if you’re ever around Lincolnton on a Saturday, but we’ve got a pretty good one here that serves only on Saturdays…Paradise BBQ.

    Also, Bar-H in Royston is very good.

  2. 2 Cojones April 29, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I’m hoping for BBQ Gator later this year.

    • 3 Corbindawg April 29, 2010 at 1:29 pm


      If you are ever around Macon, go eat at Jim Shaw’s on Vineville (eat in the bar not the resturant).

      They have some of the best blackened gator you’ll ever have.

  3. 4 Granite April 29, 2010 at 3:56 pm

    “I usually decline desert in restaurants”

    Really Corbin?

    • 5 Corbindawg April 29, 2010 at 5:54 pm

      The key words there are “in restaurants”. I usually accept deserts, but just not in restaurants.

      Slight technicality.

  4. 6 Dawgaholic May 25, 2010 at 12:36 am

    Not nearly as expensive as my lunch at Jomax – met the jeweler to purchase the wife’s engagement ring a couple years back. Agree on your review.

    Long story that I’m sure noone is interested on why we met at Jomax.

  5. 8 Papa Buck June 16, 2010 at 8:04 pm

    We would like to invite you to visit us the next time your in Metter, Ga. Papa Buck’s BBQ Exit 104 Hwy 121 S. We love talking Q and Georgia Bulldog football!

    Papa Buck
    UGA Class of 73

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