Marie’s BBQ House

One of the best

Just west of the Georgia state line and a short hop off I-20, Marie’s BBQ House is a paradigmatic taste of Deep South barbecue, Alabama style. Pork is the featured attraction (chicken, beef, ribs, and smoked sausage also are available), arriving hacked to smithereens, lightly moistened by sweet-tart red sauce. The variety of textures and intense smoky taste make every forkful a taste-buds delight.

Pork plates come with two side dishes from a list that is over a dozen items long. I love the tart, luscious fried green tomatoes, the sweet corn nuggets and sweet potato fries; and one day I need to try the “Fried Pickle Fry.” Brunswick stew is a must. As is typical of northern Alabama, it has the consistency of soup and is light on vegetables but loaded with shreds of meat. Its sweet-savory nature is smoke-cooked pork’s ideal plate mate.

Some day I need to sample Marie’s lemon icebox pie, coconut pie, and banana pudding. But I haven’t yet, because when it comes to dessert, I must have at least one piece of Marie’s peanut butter cake. There’s nothing outlandish about it: just creamy yellow cake topped with a thick glaze of sweet peanut butter frosting.

Marie’s probably is not the place to visit when one is on a low calorie diet, but there is a short category on the menu titled “Lite Side.” Among the Lite Side dishes is a baked potato stuffed with butter, cheese, sour cream, and a barbecued meat of your choice.

What to Eat
Marie’s BBQ House, Fried Green Tomatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes
Inside their crisp, unctuous, well-seasoned coat, fried green tomatoes maintain an al dente feel and deliver brilliant tangy flavor.
Marie’s BBQ House, Brunswick Stew
Brunswick Stew
In this part of the world, Brunswick stew tends to be less about vegetables and more about meat. It really is a savory/sweet meat soup. Just right on the side of BBQ.
Marie’s BBQ House, Pork Plate
Pork Plate
Very smoky pork, chopped into a hash of infinitely varying textures, glistens with just a bit of spicy sweet sauce. (Add more if you wish). It is accompanied on the plate by Brunswick stew and fried green tomatoes.
Marie’s BBQ House, Peanut Butter Cake
Peanut Butter Cake
Sweet peanut butter icing makes this simple slice of sheet cake a memorable dessert. It reminds me of caramel cake, but gooberized.
Marie’s BBQ House, Fried Corn on the Cob
Fried Corn on the Cob
One of 14 available side dishes, fried corn on the cob arrives vigorously salted and spiced, teasing all the sweetness from the plump kernels.
Marie’s BBQ House, Fried Squash
Fried Squash
The nutty flavor of fried squash literally melts over your tongue when you crunch through its brittle crust.
Directions and Hours
This restaurant is featured in the following eating tours.
21 stops | 1088 MILES | 17 hr 58 min

The 24th Annual HOT ROD Power Tour

This is a seven-day, seven-city journey expected to bring together more than 6,000 vehicles and 100,000-plus spectators making it the largest traveling car-show in the world! Starting in Bowling Green, KY, the route winds through Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, eventually ending in Concord, NC, a region so rich…

Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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