Best BBQ in SEC towns
Pimanyoli’s Sidewalk Cafe (Baton Rouge, La.)
The name, an amalgam of husband-and-wife owners Piman and Yolanda (nicknamed “Yoli”), is interesting enough. What makes the food so interesting, though, is its incorporation of traditional Louisiana cooking elements.
For instance, you can get a smoked brisket po’boy with cheese and grilled onions, or a brisket BLT. You can order a dozen or half dozen tamales filled with smoked pork and beef.
Onto the traditional BBQ foodstuffs. They’ve got your standard assortment of brisket, ribs, pulled pork and chicken, a well-acclaimed homemade vinegar-based sauce that has 21 ingredients (beat that, KFC), and a wide array of sides. The brisket is considered the standout, and the made from scratch mac-n-cheese and baked beans top most lists of favorite sides. If you’re still hungry after all that, you can ask for homemade desserts such as fruit cobbler and cheesecake. Yum.
What they’re saying: “The pork was great, tender and smoky with a good texture. Often I find that pulled pork can be kinda ‘stringy’ and dry, but this was done right… Pimanyoli’s resists the urge to take the easy path and serve up the quick boxed mac and cheese variety, and rather makes theirs daily from scratch using an old school recipe handed down from the owner’s mother. It’s one of the best examples I’ve tasted in the area.” — cuisinerouge.com.
Honorable mentions: TJ Ribs, Smokin Aces