Truett’s Luau restaurant gets its drive-thru, kiosk

The final approval needed for the new Truett’s Luau restaurant at the Waterfall commercial center at Grady Avenue and Ga. Highway 54 West came at the March 26 meeting of the Fayetteville Planning and Zoning Commission.

The commission by unanimous vote approved the kiosk that will be positioned near the restaurant’s front door and the drive-thru configuration that will lead to the kiosk. The two-lane drive-thru will accommodate approximately 17 vehicles.

The kiosk of approximately 10 feet by 14 feet will be located near the edge of the sidewalk and will feature a covered canopy for vehicles to drive under when picking up orders. Food orders will arrive at the kiosk by way of an overhead conveyor belt, project representatives said.

The conveyor design is not new to Chick-fil-A or company owner Truett Cathy and is currently being used in the company’s restaurants in locations in north metro Atlanta, said Gary Gettis.

The Fayetteville City Council recently approved a rezoning request for the building housing the new restaurant and the planning commission had previously approved the development plans.

The restaurant is expected to open in the fall and will feature both inside and outside dining.

“The Waterfall center demonstrates Truett Cathy’s desire to make the center a destination and to supply the distinction that will make it a showplace,” Gettis said previously.

The unique waterfall that sits at the intersection of Hwy. 54 and Grady Avenue made its official debut on March 14 when it became operational as Cathy, his family and a large number of guests looked on during the center’s grand opening.

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Cy's Review: Truett's Luau &

Twisted Taco

Truett's Lauau: Other than the few themed items like mahi mahi with jasmine rice, pineapple hamburger and macadamia nut shake it's another Chick-fil-A outlet.

Twisted Taco: Another southwest themed outlet that might be a hit with the 20 something crowd...at least according to my youngest. Upstairs/rooftop dining might make the difference. One needs to get there early since seating is limited. Parking is very limited near the joint.

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Thanks for the input.

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Have you tried Panera Bread?

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Not yet!!

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Mcintosh loses in first round

Mcintosh lost tonight 31-21 to Northside Warner Robbins in the first round of State playoffs. Great Season Gentlemen, well played, Congratulations!

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Our house break-in

Don't know how to comment on this website, but I'disappointed that our house break-in wasn't reported in The Citizen, with a 40-year-old man standing in my 19-year-old daughter's room. Link is MyfoxAtlanta.com/story/23855880/suspect-arrested-in-fayetteville-break-in.

Mr. Beverly, your office is 1/2 mile away. Is this not news?

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Break-in my house

Thank you for your kind responses. I'm from another part of the country and have never seen or held a gun. This is very conflicting to me. But my daughter was so composed and not hurt. I'm so grateful for this, and just imagine myself with a gun.

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Break-in my house

Thank you for your kind responses. I'm from another part of the country and have never seen or held a gun. This is very conflicting to me. But my daughter was so composed and not hurt. I'm so grateful for this, and just imagine myself with a gun.

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Peachy

I'm very happy that this had a happy ending for you. But I agree with PTCO below. Get and gun and learn how to use it. Autry's Armory has a free ladies day every Wednesday. The range is free for ladies to use to practice that day.

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All I can say is that he broke into the right home to be caught, he wouldn't have been so lucky if it had been my home. Burglary can potentially be a fatal crime for both the perpetrator and the victim.

Your young daughter was lucky, now go get her some weapons training.

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Very sorry to hear this

No one wants this to happen and glad no one was physically hurt. The young lady is remarkable in keeping cool and talking this low life out of the house. We are praying for you and your family.

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Bacon lover

Ernest's in Tyrone (now closed) used to have the best fresh bacon anywhere on the Southside. Anyone know where I can find some good fresh bacon?

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Another option in Tyrone for Bacon

Hello,

Here is another option: http://www.spezzanos.com/

They also sell great steaks, sausages, fish and chicken.

They've been in the same place for the last 6 years.

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ptc1998 - Agree

I have been buying steaks at Spezzanos since they opened. Nice people and the steaks are great, twice baked potatoes are also a treat.

Only thing I would recommend them to do is to organize the place better and put a few coats of paint on the interior. First impressions are lasting impression. It's also way too dark in there.

However, with that said the product is good to excellent for what you get.

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Bacon.....yum

Try Big Buy grocery in Palmetto, also known as Bradley's Meats. Not that convenient but you can also get some very good steaks there. Sort of a throwback to the butcher shop days but inside a grocery store.

Now, for real bacon addicts, I read a story Friday about a new cologne called "Power Bacon." The maker advertises it as Power Bacon...when you sweat like a pig!" No, this isn't a joke either:

http://www.jdfoods.net/products/getweird/powerbacon/

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I remember Bradley's from years ago. A good little store with

a great butcher department. We used to go there for all our meats. Surprised to hear they are still there.

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MYTMITE

And they gave me a Sr Citizen discount without me knowing about it or asking!

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Ah, Gy, they were being kind-you are much too young to be

eligible for a senior citizen discount. You must have won them over with your charming personality.

BTW, maybe the next coffee can be at MIMI's. Never been there but salivating at the thought of good sausage gravy and biscuits. Yum!

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MYTMITE & Coffee

Ya gotta talk to Cy about location--doesn't matter to me. BTW, I've had the Sausage gravy/biscuits at Mimi's and while it's pretty good, I still think the best comes out of a pan/pot from my stove! Involves Ground Sirloin, Hot Bulk Sausage, multiple spices, sauteed finely diced onion, Wondra, milk, & olive oil/butter. Plus whatever you wish to spread it on. Either toast or biscuits works for me. Make a bunch--freezes well!

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You mean I have to make it??? Thought you were making it for me

and just letting me know the ingredients. My heart is broken. But it sounds way beyond yummy.

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MYMITE - Mimi's

I would rather not have a coffee/breakfast thingy there unless I can get a commitment from those that are going to attend. Seating is limited and it's hard judge how many seats to save. Last time no one showed.

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Sorrry about the no shows. I can't do anytning for another week

or so because I had surgery and cannot drive--have had to have a friend drive me where I have had to go. Should have the go-ahead after dr's visit this coming week. Starbucks at Publix/Steinmart on 54 sounds good to me if it can be next week. Would love to see all again.

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MYTMITE & HomeBound

Sorry to hear about your plight--do you need any survival supplies? And no, SOS,oops, Sausage Gravy isn't on my menu this week!

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Thanks, Gym, I'm doing okay. Have friends who run errands for

me but I only ask when it is dire necessity. Hard for me to ask for help----guess I'm too much from the old school. People offer and I am sure they are sincere but it is still hard. But I sure haven't lost any weight so I guess i do not have to worry about starving to death--and friends have brought me some great meals!! Will try that sausage recipe when I can manuever the kitchen better. Sure love all that fattening foods! Thanks again. You guys have a blast tomorrow or at least a nice time.

P.S. Very familiar with the term SOS!!!

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Nuk & Big Buy

If you haven't tried the steaks they have in marinade--they're very good!

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Chicken Fried Steak

While everyone's talking about food, I have a question:

My father in law has a craving for Chicken Fried Steak. Can anyone recommend a restaurant in the PTC/Fayetteville area?.

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Country Fried Steak at Mimi's . . .

. . . is very good with the same tasty sausage gravy as with biscuits & gravy, yummy and foreign to any diet plan. Not bad at Mike & C's as well. Too much breading cover at IHOP. Covering excessive and unpleasantly tough at Chili's.

Leave it to someone with my stout profile to know too much about something fried.

Terry Garlock

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tgarlock - Thanks!

Thanks for the recommendation.

My father in law just moved here a few months ago and I like to pamper him whenever I can. After all, he let me marry his wonderful daughter!

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Truett's Luau is opening

December 12th.

Now hiring.

Banana pancakes with macadamia nuts

Crispy calamari with sweet chili glaze with candied ginger

Skylight inside dining room with Hawaiian beamed ceilings

120 seat full service dining section

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Truett and gang had a seafood restaurant fail in Fl

Due in part to the no booze policy. We shall if this does the same.

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Truett's Luau

No Pig Meat, no business from me. Anybody really experienced a REAL Luau?

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A Moot Point

Those who have knowledge and appreciation for "real" luau will never go near the place and the Chick-fil-a crowd not only will not know the difference, they won't care.

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At a real Luau....

they serve either two or three finger poi.

BTW, those little piggies are imported.

Ditch the pig..... eat BEEF!!!!

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Cy & Beef

Didn't realize you raised beef on your homestead! As a native North Carolinian and Pork BBQ supporter, I say thumbs down on Beef! As an aside, on one of your trips, you could always apply for citizenship in Texas and forever thereafter, celebrate Brisket as the ultimate BBQ meat! And next question is when will we get together for Coffee?

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Gym, I know a place you keep your BBQ pledge . . .

. . . to pork, and also sample the best brisket in Fayette County. It's in a hole-in-the-wall called Frank's in a Chevron station on Hwy 92 between Fayetteville and Fairburn.

From Fayetteville take 92 across from Michael's, the Chevron station is maybe 5-8 miles on the left. From Peachtree City, drive toward US 85, right at Milam Road (across from the funeral home), a few miles later continue through the stop sign, a few miles later intersect with 92 and the Chevron station is on your right. There are a few tables but this is mainly a take-out place.

Frank is an aging black guy with deep roots in Louisana, and his side dishes reflect that, like cajun corn. I like the Two-Way with sausage and brisket (don't trim the fat, I'm a purist). Great, tender brisket, you'll never go back to Dickey's for brisket, though I do love their pork sandwich.

Tell Frank or his helpers Terry sent you and said you should try samples. They won't know who the hell Terry is but he'll let you sample it all.

I'll save another BBQ secret for later.

Terry Garlock

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Franks

Was recommended to us when we first arrived in FC! Great, great sides + BBQ!

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Terry & Frank's

Been there--sampled all and took some Que & Brisket home. Ok but not great in my view--I prefer Dean's BBQ over Frank's & Dickey's.

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Frank's

The Citizen, I believe, did a piece on Frank's a few years back.

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Frank's

Don't confuse this "Frank's" with the one off of I-85 at Sharpsburgh-McCollum exit that has the same name and is also next to a gas station :) That Frank's also owns the Old Mill on 54 these days.

The Frank's near Milam is pretty good, but I also prefer Dean's. Dickey's isn't bad but it is kind of pricey for what you get. Whatever you do, avoid the Sprayberry's on 34 in Newnan. It's horrible. The original location on 29 is still there and packing them in, but the one on 34 just really sucks in every way imaginable and I am shocked they are still in business.

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Nuk, Gym & all, for BBQ nirvana . . .

. . . at least by my taste, go to "This is It" soul food place on the west end of the Fayette Pavillion. Give them a special order of BBQ beans over a bed of crinke fries, smothered in shredded pork. Cover in mild BBQ sauce (if you order hot or spicy you better be tough), and enjoy. Might have to talk them into it since this is not a std item. This is for BBQ lovers, not the curious or mildly interested, and too bad you have to drive home after eating because just after licking that bowl you will likely have the urge to nap. If you fall in love with this dish as I did before they took "BBQ Bowl" off the menu, you might find yourself waking up in the wee hours once in a while and checking the clock to see how long until lunchtime.

Terry Garlock

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Terry & This Is It

I agree their BBQ is good and that combination sounds great. Their takeout price for BBQ is pretty ridiculous and I won't play. FYI--the last time I talked to the boss at Dean's, he still refuses to use shoulder or butt but only HAMS and still hand chops everything. Even Fresh Air in Jackson now grinds their meat in a machine. I have often ordered BBQ from NC but find the price of shipping just not worth it (makes the price $18 per lb), when I can buy local at $12 or $13.

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Agree Terry!

This Is It is the go to place for soul food in Fayette County. Charlie's on Hwy 54 used to be ok but the last couple of times I ate there it wasn't very good. And thanks for the Frank's BBQ recommendation....will have to try that place out. The BBQ restaurant that used to be on Huddleston was pretty good but not a big fan of Dickey's. My experience has been the fancier the BBQ joint....the worse the BBQ is.

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BTR & "Soul Food"

Don't know what that is--I grew up in Eastern NC and most of those things some classify as "soul food", we ate every day. So what's your definition of "Soul food"?

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Soul Food

I think this was discussed some years back. There is a very, very close relationship between 'soul' food and southern cuisine.

The term soul food became popular in the 1960s. The origins of soul food, however, are much older and can be traced back to Africa and to Europe, as well. Foods such as rice, sorghum (known by some Europeans as "guinea corn"), and okra — all common elements of West African cuisine — were introduced to the Americas as a result of the trans-Atlantic slave trade. They became dietary staples among enslaved Africans. They also comprise an important part of the cuisine of the American south, in general. Many culinary historians believe that in the beginning of the 14th century, around the time of early Euro-African exploration, European explorers brought their own food supplies and introduced them into local African diets. Foods such as corn and cassava from the Americas, turnips from Morocco, and cabbage from Portugal would play an important part in the history of African-American cooking.[1]
When the Europeans began their African slave trade in the early 15th century, the diet of newly-enslaved Africans changed on the long journeys away from their homelands. It was during this time that some of the indigenous crops of Africa began showing up in the Americas.[2]
European enslavers fed their captive workers as cheaply as possible, often with leftover/waste foods from the plantation, forcing slaves to make do with the ingredients at hand. In slave households, 'vegetables' consisted of the tops of turnips, beets, and dandelions. Soon, African-American slaves were cooking with new types of "greens": collards, kale, cress, mustard, and pokeweed. They also developed recipes which used lard, cornmeal, and offal; discarded cuts of meat such as pigs' feet, oxtail, ham hocks, pig ears, pork jowls, tripe, and skin. Cooks added onions, garlic, thyme, and bay leaf as flavor enhancers. Slave owners provided their slaves with the poor parts of the pig such as the small intestines: chitterlings were a dish of poor people in medieval England and the name was adopted by the African-Americans through their European slave owners to "chitlins". Some African-American slaves supplemented their meager diets by gardening small plots given to them for growing their own vegetables; many engaged in subsistence fishing and hunting, which yielded wild game for the table. Foods such as raccoon, squirrel, opossum, turtle, and rabbit were, until the 1950s, very common fare among the then still predominantly rural and Southern African-American population.[3]

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Huddleston/Cafe Pig BBQ

Cafe Pig. It was really good but the owners decided to retire and oh well. Wish someone would have come along and taken it over because it was good BBQ.

Restaurants on that road have tended to do very poorly for the last two decades so I can see why no one is jumping into that business.

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This Is It!! Almost as good as my daddy's!!!!

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This Is It/Terry

I've been to This Is It a few times and thought it was pretty good, but the special order you're talking about is making me drool now. I'll have to give it a try soon.

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Gym - Coffee

Sorry about the tardy reply, the boss was trying to improve Georgia's economy with the home make-over. (Good Gawd, there are limits!!) Anyways, this Saturday is out for me but the following Saturday (16th) might be doable.

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Coffee - This Saturday Nov 16th

0900 Starbucks at PTC East Shopping Center SR54.

Sorry about the late notice.

Gym, do you need a ride?

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Coffee Gathering Today

SPQR it was a pleasure meeting you!! Gym and rolling stone it's always great to see you!!!

MYTMITE, next month unless you're down in Florida.

Cy

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CYC

Likewise. enjoyed meeting folks in person after about 8 years.

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Maybe the first week in December--maybe we could make it at our

own little Margaritaville--haven't had a good margarita since the last one I had with you guys--maybe it was just the good company-- Had a small group today, did you? Did you talk poltics??? Or are you all burned out on that topic??

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MYTMITE & Coffee Gab

No politics--mostly about Blog History & Characters!

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Characters on this site? You must be kidding!!! Sorry I

missed it. Hope to make it up at the next one soon. Were there many new people? Old people? Well, not old people but repeaters--humm, that didn't sound right either but I am sure you know what i mean.

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dMYTMITE & Characters

Oh yeah--there have been a number--but it's hard to keep track because of the multiple names they assumed. As an example, I know that Kevin King had at least 3 maybe 4 other names (like Diva and A-10).

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I think our good friend "Dollar" holds the record but then again

with him/her you have to wonder if they were just blogging names or really other personalities. Ah, the good old days---now it is mostly nasty political postings---not too much fun in that.

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MYTMITE - Characters on this site

I can think of a few like "dollar" and all of his little buddies. Those were sure fun days!!!

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You know I sometimes really miss him. I still look at all the

old curmudgeons I see around town and wonder if one of them could be him. Then I wonder if he was pulling our collective legs and was really some 30 year old dude-or he could even be David's Mom--but then if I am not mistaken I thought I had read where either Terry Garlock or Mike King had met her. He may be the guy on here now who is proselytizing for weed. Who knows?? Almost as much fun to wonder as it was to read him. I must say he did go overboard at the end there. Wonder if he ever comes on here to read what others have written and cries in his warm milk because he can't reply? He sure had an opinion and answer for everything. Yep, there have been some doozies and there have been some very nice ones. It just isn't as much fun as it used to be--but maybe it will get back to that place again.

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Dollar/Bonkers is gone

I'm sorry to say that Dollar/Bonkers etc. won't be blogging anymore on any earthly site. His time with us recently expired.

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RI.P. Bonkers/Dollar/CourthouseRules/etc.

You annoyed the hell out of me a lot of the time, but sorry to hear of your passing. Prayers to your family and Godspeed.

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Bonkers

Indeed, one of a kind, the only one that made less sense was Crispy Bacon.

Bonkers wasn't vicious.

RIP

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A fellow blogger

May he rest in peace. Thanks for letting us know.

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Editor, thanks for letting us know about Dollar/Bonkers. He

certainly was one of a kind. I used to enjoy bantering back and forth with him though I must admit there were times I felt like pulling my hair out over some of the things he said-but I think that was his intent all along. I hope he had a long and full life with much happiness. Whereever he is now I am sure he is still carrying on....

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Hey, fellow bloggers, remember Bonkers and his obsession with

the ladies of Fox news? We have to admit he gave us some good laughs and he kept the pot boiling. Wonder who he is arguing with now? I think he may have held the record for blogging under different names but no matter how he tried to hide it the real Bonkie finally came out no matter how much he tried to convince us it was not him. Thanks for the laughs Bonkie my ole pal.

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Dollar...

and his sonnets.

Rest well buddy.

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Cy & Ride

No thanks--Frau Gym will drop me off and then hit the PTC Farmer's Mkt!

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ARGGHH! Just read your e-mail about this Saturday. As I posted

just before this, I cannot drive for at least another week (surgery). Guess that leaves me out of this one this Saturday. Oh, well----guess absence will just have to make the heart grow fonder. Will miss you all.

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Gym - Ultimate BBQ - Brisket

BTW, Dickey's is coming to Fayetteville. Near the Broadway Dinner and Little Caesars.

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Dickey's BBQ

In Texas they call Dickey's the McDonald's of BBQ.
Now don't get me wrong their Brisket is pretty good, they're just too proud of it.

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I lived in Tx for two years.

I lived in Tx for two years. The best places BBQ were the mom and pop, hole in the wall places. Dickey's is ok, but not great. Kids like it for the free ice-cream cones.

ATL has a bunch of good BBQ places. Daddy D'z is one of my favorites. Chic BBQ is Fox Bros., but there are a lot of good ones downtown.

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BBQ at DFW

You can't go wrong with "Hard Eight BBQ". Real honest-to-goodness smoke pit BBQ. (Yummy)

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H&F-BBQ

Lewis Grizzard used to say that the best BBQ was in places that were run down and generally not "safe" looking. Personally I used to love Harold's but I think it's closed now.

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Good Ole Lewis

Was right. Some of my best meals were hole in the walls.

When I took the bride to Daddy Dz she was afraid to get out of the car.

The same happened at a breakfast joint near Graceland.

I enjoy finding these mom and pop places vs chains.

Any good local recommendations?

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G35: yeah, Harold's is no more

Dean's is still in Jonesboro though, and is as good as ever.

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No...

Eat suhm pyg!

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moe, come in moe...

Your last transmission was very garbled. It almost sounds like you're eating pig again. Or was that just a snort????

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Oin.......kkkkkkay oh Cy O yew...hoo!

I'm Publixing right now! Done..
I just got my Chianti and fava beans....mmmm, mmm!

Whasss up, oh Capitan? What continent are you on?

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moe - Continent

Back home in Fayetteville. Office bound for a while.

Oh about the pig, there's still hope for you yet.

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Cy-Hope

yes, hope.

Eat Mo' Bakn!

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MLC & Bakn

Picked up some mighty fine Back Bacon at City Meats in Chattanooga on Tuesday. They do their own sausages too--same building as NiedLove Bread Factory--best baked goods I know of.

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Gym If you go to Chattanooga

for your bacon, well then, you must be...well, bringing home the bacon!! As for sausages, I draw the line. No can do. Too much going on those casings for my taste. Did not know about the bakery. Thanks for sharing. Now, if we could just get a good old-fashioned Italian bakery around here...

Anyone ever been to Katie Lou's Cafe in Senoia? Here's her menu..never been there though and haven't heard a word about it:

http://katielouscafe.com/Menu.php

A Yelp entry says they smoke all of their own meat.

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MLC & Chattanooga

Made this trip Primarily to take the 2-hr Hydrofoil/Catamaran trip into the Tennessee River Gorge. But ALWAYS hit Nied Lov's Bakery. Only learned about the Meat store couple of days before we went. You might try Happy Pig at the {TC Farmer's Mkt for some Link Sausage with Lambskin Casing. We have found all his products very good.

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Chattanooga Cruise

I took one of those years ago, although it was a dinner cruise, I think it was Blue Moon Cruises, just down from the Aquarium. Loved it. Food wasn't great but the ride was worth it.
Cannot do sausages, though. Lamb or piggie or otherwise. Ba-a-a-d for me.

Another great sunset dinner cruise was down the Potomac for my brother's Army retirement party. We partied hardy and saw all sorts of stuff on that river..the best was when we went by Georgetown. Talk about a beautiful waterfront (all at dusk) full of restaurants, bars, shops and yachts...good memories. We tried to get the captain to drop us off and come back later to pick us up, but got a big no on that one. Hadn't thought of that for a while.

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Luau location

I don't get where this restaurant/drive thru will be. There are 2 buildings side by side there. There is a driveway between the two and a parking lot out front of both. The FC COC is at one end, so it won't be there. The other building has the waterfall at the end of it. How will vehicles park if a drive thru is in front in the parking area? Is the Luau going to take up the whole building where the waterfall is? What am I missing here?

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Hawaiian food?

What kind of menu will Truett's Luau have? Pig on a spit? Pineapple drinks?

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Mostly a Chickfila

Think of it more like a Chickfila with a theme. It will have a couple of unique items and the entire chickfila menu. I have heard something about a Hawaiian style pulled pork sandwich.

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Luau - I wonder if the poi...

will be the two or three-finger variety? I never really developed a taste for the stuff.