REVIEW: Saucehouse Barbecue, Athens
If there’s such a foodie genre as “social BBQ” Saucehouse BBQ would be it’s epicenter. Located near downtown Athens, we found available parking (a rare occurrence in Athens for a Friday night) and a welcoming fire pit area for a cool fall night. We were greeted by a friendly, welcoming staff and that set the mood for a good evening.
The menu board was appealing but the ordering system reminded me a bit of a cafeteria where you order a bit at each station and then progress towards a checkout. I’m sure the institutionalized UGA students have no problems with it though! I enjoyed the open concept dining room with plenty of room, spacious booths and large communal tables. It’s a fun place to gather with friends and family.
Melanie went with a salad and chicken while I got a little of everything. We found a booth and then sat down to enjoy the meal. Melanie also got a side of green beans that she really enjoyed.
I got the pulled pork, Brunswick Stew, Baked Beans, potatoes and a salad. While I enjoyed the Brunswick stew with the corn and lima beans, I couldn’t make up my mind about the consistency. It may have been just a bit too puréed for my liking. I prefer mine a bit thicker but it’s a matter of personal taste as the flavor was spot on. The Baked Beans were more of what I would call “Cowboy” Baked Beans with the addition of Pinto Beans giving it a hearty, bold feel. The salad was a nice mix of greens but the dressing was lackluster.
The meat was darn good and I especially liked the wide selection of BBQ sauces available. I eventually decided on the “Western N.C. Ketchup” that was described as “medium” in heat. I thought it might have been more of a medium plus, but I cannot tell you how much I enjoyed it.
Overall, we had a great time at Saucehouse Barbecue and we’re looking forward to returning soon. We found it to be a comfortable, welcoming place that is ideal for spending some time with family and friends and enjoying some great BBQ. Guten appetit!