Saturday, October 17, 2015

Phil's BBQ of Eufaula Alabama

You can find Phill's BBQ at 430 S Randolph Ave, Eufaula, AL 36027 about a block from the square that makes up the town center. Phil's is in a standalone red-painted building with a large screened porch and a country pig with "Best Butts in Alabama" underneath. There's also a street sign and if the small parking lot is full, it looks like you can park on the street curbs.

Eufaula is a bit of a sleepy town about half-way between Columbus GA and Dothan AL to the West of the lake and state line. It's a nice stopping point when traveling to Florida from Atlanta so we usually end up taking a lunch here - the city has some fantastic pre-war Victorian survivors that make it very special. The downtown has old storefronts from when whatever industry that was popular here was at it's height - it's a bit run down these days with a few antique stores and a handful of restaurants. Phil's is about a block away and off the main drag along  side street - best to use Google Maps to find it as you can easily miss the sign from the main street.

At Phil's you order at the counter and your plate is brought to you when it's ready. This is a no-frills type place with recycled seating and local memorabilia on the walls. There are many photos of local ball teams (I'm guessing Phill's sponsors some of these). At the end of the longest wall you'll find a shrine to fishing champion Woo Daves - really! - a 5' tall signed poster! It's worth the trip to see this world champion Bass fisherman's photo.

We've managed to eat at Phil's a couple of times and both time enjoyed the food. This is smokey BBQ with a bit of rind and a tasty, runny mustard BBQ sauce. I especially like the ribs here though the pulled pork is pretty good as well. You can get the Q chopped, sliced or chipped and there are spicier options on the sauce (there's also a sweet tomato based sauce but I preferred the spicy mustard). My preference on the pork is shopped, especially on the sandwiches (not really sure what the lure is for the chipped and never have understood its appeal). The food is served on black styorfoam plates with sides (I liked the slaw and Brundwick stew but wish the latter was served in a bowl) and some sliced pickles. The beans are a bit sweet for me and the potato salad fair but nothing special.

On the sauces, if someone at Phil's ever reads this, you might want to get away from using the corn syrup and sticking with sugar (I know the syrup is easier but the regular stuff just tastes better to me). Congrats on winning the award for best sauce - it's indeed awesome and nice to find a good mustard-based sauce outside of the Carolinas.

In all the food was above average and the sauce exemplary. The people at the counter were very friendly and willing to answer questions and provide opinions. Both times we've visited we left very satisfied.

-- John

(also posted to Yelp)
Phil's BBQ Of Eufaula Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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