Here's is a follow up to my post of a couple of weeks ago......
First of all, thank you all again for the great suggestions!
The unfortunate news is that my worst fear was realized, in that our schedule did not allow time for a serious dining experience. Or, shall I say, no one other than I was interested in taking the time to have a more serious dining experience.
The one and only place that I was able to rally people to was Leatha's BBQ.
This was definitely a worthwhile experience as far as BBQ goes. The atmosphere was what one would expect for a smokehouse joint, eclectic, colorful and homey. The congenial service was great, especially the genius ability of Leatha's daughter to memorize the order and recite it back to a table of 12 or more people.
The meals (we actually ate there twice) were great and loved by all. The first time we went I ate the wood grilled steak with a half rack of pork ribs, and sides of slaw and baked beans. The slaw and beans were good but a bit too sugary for my taste. The beef was delicious, cooked to a juicy medium rare. It had been marinated, but was not overpowered by the marinade. The size was a bit obscene, I could barely finish (especially since I had ordered the ribs as well), but it was as good a steak as I had had in a while.
As good as the steak was, the ribs were the real treat. I don't think I ever had BBQed ribs that were; a) so meaty b) so tender and c) not smothered in BBQ sauce. That was a nice touch at Leatha's, the sauce was placed on the table for one to use at will, not poured over the meat before hand. I tried their sauce and again it too was a bit sweet for my taste, but not bad. I thought the smokey flavor of the pork stood up on it's own with no need for accoutrement.
The second night we went, I ate pork ribs and chicken. The chicken was just leaning towards the dry side, but I'm not complaining. The ribs again were the highlight.
The only desert, pecan pie, was OK but a bit too gelatinous.
I really regret not trying any of the other suggestions. We, at one point, passed by the Walnut Circle Grill downtown. I looked at the menu and was all pumped up to eat there, but it never happened. We never escaped to the Delta, which was a shame. And over all we ate second rate institutional or bar food (ie. Outback, Lone Star, etc., blech!). I'll have to return to the area some day, alone, and try the real epicurean delights, allbeit in the winter time. Damn! it's hot down there.
Thanks again fellow hounds.