Posthumous Review of Jot Em Down BBQ

It is with heavy heart I must report on something I first learned about last Friday…Jot ‘Em Down BBQ closed its doors for the last time.   If you listend closely, I believe “Taps” was playing somewhere on the Macon Hwy.

Shout out to “A Christmas Story”, if you don’t get that reference, then there truly is no hope for you.

I always wanted to do a review of Jot ‘Em Down, but just never got around to it.  The last time I ate there was May of 2010; Buypropertyucheedawg and I were heading out to play some golf and went by there and got a sammich.

The meat was always good, and they had a variety of sauces.  But like Tim pointed out in the comments, Jot ‘Em Down had the best stew in Clarke County. 

Jot ‘Em Down was always special to me.  I lived in Whitehall Landing during the 2004-2005 school year, and Jot ‘Em Down was in the old country store located on the corner of Whitehall and Barnett Shoals Road.  I would walk from my apartment, get a large sandwich and order of plain Lays, and walk on back.  The short, but brisk, walk helped me justify consuming the extra large sandwich.  I was  a Sophomre at UGA and my BBQ palate was still growing.  Growing up in Rome, we had a little local cue place we’d get from time to time, then my freshman year at UGA was spent eating dining hall food or the 99 cent menu from Wendy’s.  I didn’t really branch out much to eat BBQ until I went down to Jot ‘Em Down.  That has always been a favorite of mine, and would take my parents there the few times they came to visit me in my apartment off of Whitehall. 

A lot of resturants/bars in Athens that I used to fancy have closed since I graduated.  The most appalling was Broad Street Bar and Grill.  I said that if cheap beer, hamburgers and wings couldn’t make it in Athens, nothing could.  Jot ‘Em Down should be a cuationary tale for any resturant owner:  if good BBQ in a great location can’t make it, then nothing else stands a chance.

“Jot ‘Em Down BBQ-the way it’s ‘sposed to be.”

God’s speed Jot ‘Em Down.  You will be missed. 



5 Responses to “Posthumous Review of Jot Em Down BBQ”

  1. 1 Granite October 24, 2011 at 3:34 pm

    Jot ’ems didn’t have a chance when they made their move off Milledge. Nothing survives on that corner. While they still had good BBQ it didn’t taste half as good as it did in the old country store.

    • 2 ATXDawg October 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

      ironically, i had written a review as a guest contributor but was waiting til i was back in athens to get some pics. very sad news….

    • 3 Mr. Sanchez October 24, 2011 at 8:14 pm

      Agreed on the site, it’s been running through restaurants like several cursed spots in Athens (La Fiesta on the east side went through tons before it finally took hold, the spot next to IHOP on Baxter generally has a 6 month life span per restaurant, where Cali ‘n Titos is was also often opening and closing until Achim’s KBob finally stuck).

  2. 4 AthensPacker October 24, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    Heartbreaking. I had many a great meal at Jot ’ems at the old store. Never got around to eating at the new joint. Hate to see a legend die.

  1. 1 Jot Em Down Store & BBQ, Athens GA – Marie, Let's Eat! Trackback on July 16, 2016 at 2:10 am

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