Wednesday, September 5, 2012

'Bama Q

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On Monday, Virginia took us to lunch at Birmingham institution, Saw's Soul Kitchen. This hovel is a temple of Alabama barbecue and Southern cooking. 

Feeling completely lost, I asked the lady at the counter what I should eat. (I often do that when I'm in an unfamiliar eatery. It works.) So, that's my meal in the second picture: grits covered in collard greens covered in pulled pork (light sauce, a bit tart and vinegary, perfect on the greens) covered in onion rings (the lightest I've ever tasted). Yum-umm-y, but not endorsed by 9 out of 10 cardiologists.

As you can see in the following pictures, the locals take their BBQ seriously. The tiny place is so busy that spillover seating is on a picnic table in the alley.

I wondered where the name Saw's came from. An occasionally reliable source with a thorough knowledge of B'ham culture and history informs me that decades ago the owner was known as Sorry Ass Wilson. It stuck, if only in an acronym.

Hope to get back to commenting on my friends' blogs later today. We got up at 4 this morning to make our early flight home. Need to go to sleep.

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Olivier said...

Hummm la "Soul Kitchen" c'est de delicieux. A Harlem, il y a le restaurant de Sylvia Woods (qui malheureusement vient de mourir cette annee) qui est delicieux.
Belle serie de portraits

Memphis MOJO said...

Sometimes, hole in the walls have the best food. When thinking about great BBQ, don't forget Memphis!

William Kendall said...

Now I'm famished!

Some of the food listed isn't quite the fare you'd see on this side of the border... I wonder what that place would make of poutine...

Virginia said...

Saw's has got to be our premier Hole In The Wall! Just seeing this makes me want to run right over for take out. In all honesty, your dish is one I"ve not ordered but maybe it will be soon. I"m glad you liked it.

PS It's only been in this location for less than a year. Formerly the Quick and Split for YEARS!

Virginia said...

And one more thing: Bob and Carolyn fit right in like locals! Well sort of.

Jack said...

Virginia really treated you to the high life, didn't she? I might have passed. Then again, I might have missed out on a special treat.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I'm a little scared to ask what 'grits' are on second thoughts don't tell me. I'm so conservative with my eating I'd have probably had a chicken sandwich haha!