BBQ Thursday: Hickory Pitt, Chattanooga

I was traveling this week and had an overnight stop in Chattanooga.  I grew up in Rome, and my grandparents lived in tiny Trenton, GA in Dade County.  For those of you who haven’t heard of Trenton or Dade County, it is quite small and there isn’t much there you should know about.  But looking at the map of Georgia, it is that small sliver of a county in extreme Northwest Georgia where Alabama and Tennessee converge with the Peach State.

So growing up, I’ve spent a lot of time in and around Chattanooga, albeit not recently as an adult.

So passing through town, my family and I had time for one dinner, so I searched “best restaurants in Chattanooga”.  A lot of places came up on the first page, but they all looked fancy and not quite appropriate to take a the three year old who has been in the car all day.  So I made a grave mistake.  I went to the next page.

I was hoping for some barbecue, and the first place on the second search page was what I was looking for:  Hickory Pit BBQ.


Check out this side dish:

Freedom Fries

We ain’t got time for no sissy French Fries here.

I was going to get a sandwich and stew, but with Freedom Fries on the menu, how can you turn those away?  And stew wasn’t available as a side item, so I got the sandwich, fries and baked beans.  I feel like if you are going to be calling your fries Freedom Fries, they need to be really special, and really good.  These were not.

I believe a picture says 1,00 words, so here are some pictures of my meal:



Sometimes, a shitty looking restaurant in a shitty part of town can be really good.  Or, in this case, it turns out to be shitty.


3 Responses to “BBQ Thursday: Hickory Pitt, Chattanooga”

  1. 1 micheal boone June 9, 2016 at 12:08 pm

    Best places I’ve eaten at are the ones I have some hesitation about. In sales you learn to eat where and when you can.

    Try Peg Leg BBQ in Nashville. Same hesitation at first but it’s awesome.

  2. 2 Tim (Watkinsville) June 9, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Gawd, that looks terrible. Castleberry’s would probably be better straight out of the can…

  3. 3 Macallanlover June 10, 2016 at 12:24 am

    Someone should have sent you to Champy’s for some fried chicken and brewskies. Not BBQ but it is the only food worth stopping in Chattanooga for. Cannot think of any BBQ in that area that would even rate as average.

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