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Harry's Pig Shop - Athens GA - New BBQ

foodfechter | Apr 24, 200910:43 PM     8

Recently I heard about a new barbecue restaurant opening up in Athens, so naturally I was really pleased. I think we all know it's kind of slim pickins around here. I've been to Harry's Pig Shop twice in the last two weeks.

Info: Located on Prince where it becomes 129/Jefferson highway, by the north loop, in the shopping center with Vision Video and Kingpins.

They have a website now, which is new: http://www.harryspigshop.com/

I haven't tried any of the more creative dishes like the wontons, quesadilla or nachos, though I'd like to in the future.

I ordered the pork platter with mac and cheese and "hash." I've gotta say, this stuff is really, really good. It's undoubtedly my new favorite cue joint in Athens. A lot of people say that a true test of barbecue's quality is how good it tastes without sauce. I am a sauce person and I don't always follow this maxim, but the pork at Harry's tastes very good with no sauce, so that's saying something. They have 4 sauces: a very NC-like vinegar one, a "Georgia Shack Sauce" that's vinegar based but thicker and kind of sweet, a "sweet onion sauce" that is, well, sweet and oniony, and a "SC mustard sauce." All are very good, and I'm not even usually a huge fan of mustard-based bbq sauces. The "hash" is really brunswick stew as far as I'm concerned. One member of my party remarked that it was a little greasy, which I suppose I agree with, but I like it a lot. The mac and cheese was stellar. It reminded me of mac and cheese that I've had at the grit - tastes very homemade. The second time I had it, it was distinctly spicy, which I very much enjoyed.

Interesting that they use vegetable-based disposable plates, cups, and utensils. I'm all for sustainability, but not sure what difference it makes since they could just use and wash normal dishware? Also, I know a lot of people on here have read "The omnivore's dilemma" and might buy into the kind of stigma that goes along with such excessive corn production and usage. I think it's a nice step to reduce non-biodegradable waste, though.

This is definitely my new favorite barbecue place in Athens and I highly suggest you go.

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