Midway BBQ

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Pork is king in Carolina barbecue parlors, and nearly every place that smoke-cooks whole hogs in the western half of South Carolina also serves a side dish of hash on rice, the hash made from parts of that hog. Midway BBQ of Buffalo, southeast of Greenville, is different. Yes, it does cook hogs, offering magnificent pulled pork that is a joy to savor even before getting sauced. But the house specialty is hash, and Midway’s hash is no mere companion to something else. It is a substantial main course. And it is not pork hash. It is beef.

Beef hash is such a long-standing tradition among barbecue parlors in Union County that Midway has declared the town of Buffalo to be the “Hash and Chicken Stew Capital of the World.” There once were dozens of places in the upcountry that made a specialty of this type of hash. Midway, since 1941, is the one that endures. Its hash is a stalwart stew of beef cooked low and slow with butter and onions and salt and pepper until the meat loses all resistance and becomes nearly as soft as baby food. Each forkful resonates with salty protein flavor.

Midway’s chicken stew is a similar, simple dish, very much like what people in Georgia know as chicken mull: pieces of bird simmered in butter and milk and minimal seasoning until the meat quite literally falls into shreds. Customers are given a half-stack of saltines to add as desired, creating a creamy pabulum that demands no tooth work whatsoever. There are no pyrotechnics in this dish. It is warm comfort food par excellence. For a dash of excitement, the stew is served with a little cup of spicy-sweet bread and butter pickles on the side.

Unlike spare, hog-only BBQ parlors throughout much of the region, Midway accompanies its specialties with a full roster of side dishes, including such classics as broccoli casserole, fried okra, and turnip greens as well as lesser known variants including macaroni pie and pineapple casserole. It’s all good. A full meal of meat, three side dishes, and tea costs well under $10.

Buffalo, South Carolina (town motto: “Where the friendly people roam”) has hardly more than 1000 citizens, but the reputation of Midway BBQ is such that people come from far and wide. By noon on any weekday, the red-checked tablecloths are crowded with plates of precious South Carolina food and the air rings with the joy of eaters who all know they are on to a very good thing.

Thanks to Roadfood correspondent Albert for suggesting Midway BBQ. Albert described himself as “just a Bbq eater that has traveled over 1 million miles (truck driver) eating Bbq.”

What to Eat
Midway BBQ, Chicken Stew
Chicken Stew
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Chicken stew, aka chicken mull, is warm, uncomplicated comfort food. It is served plain. Customers are given a stack of saltines to add as desired.
Midway BBQ, Hash
Hash
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Beef hash is hearty fare, radiant with carnivorous flavor -- pure, salted protein.
Midway BBQ, Pulled Pork
Pulled Pork
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A luxurious tangle of moist, vividly smoky pulled pork is wonderful even without sauce. You can add your own traditional red, Carolina mustard, or vinegar-pepper sauce to doll it up.
Midway BBQ, Fried Okra
Fried Okra
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Fried okra packs bright green-vegetable flavor below its chewy, seasoned crust.
Midway BBQ, Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet Potato Casserole
Sweet potato casserole is less sugar-sweet than it is yam-sweet, delivering stout, earthy satisfaction.
Midway BBQ, Sauce
Sauce
While pork is available pre-sauced, customers are welcome to get it bare and apply traditional zesty red, Carolina mustard with a perfumy twang, or vinegar-pepper sauce.
Midway BBQ, Pineapple Casserole
Pineapple Casserole
Pineapple casserole is like dessert cobbler, but its pastry isn't sweet. The pineapple is. I'd like this alongside ham or pork chops.
Midway BBQ, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Thick, dense, sweet, and powerfully fruity peach cobbler is the right dessert after a Midway BBQ feast.
Midway BBQ, Macaroni Pie
Macaroni Pie
As I see it, macaroni pie is simply a good excuse to make macaroni and cheese with extra cheese.
Midway BBQ, Broccoli Casserole
Broccoli Casserole
Yes, there are substantial stalks and florets of broccoli within the luxurious cheese and buttery breadcrumb coat.
Directions and Hours
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SundayCLOSED
Monday10am - 6pm
Tuesday10am - 6pm
Wednesday10am - 4:15pm
Thursday10am - 6pm
Friday10am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 6pm
Information
Price
$
Seasons
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Yes
Alcohol Served
No
Outdoor Seating
No
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