First of all, welcome to Roadfood! And you make your first post a trip report, too, which is excellent!
Sorry to hear about your bad experience at dinner. Hopefully, the other two meals made up for it. I hit Andy Nelson’s BBQ during the Summer and didn’t care for it. The people were extremely nice and the atmosphere was good, but we didn’t really like anything we ate. Maybe they were just having a bad night. Thanks for the tip on Ashland Cafe and I will put it on the list for next time.