Taylor’s Bar-B-Que

Bar-b-q | Cafeteria | Meat-and-Three | Small Town Café
One of the best

You don’t have to have a special interest in setters, pointers, and retrievers to enjoy Waynesboro, Georgia, the Bird Dog Capital of the World. All you need is an appetite and an appreciation of southern country-style cooking. Starting at 4:30 am (yes, 4:30) until 9 at night every day but Sunday, Taylor’s Bar-B-Que sets up a cafeteria-line feast.

Despite the name, barbecue is second fiddle in this place. Oh, the pulled pork is satisfying – succulent if minimally smoky – as are meaty, easy-to-eat spare ribs; but what’s outstanding is everything else, especially a grand formation of vegetables to round out a meat-and-three plate. These include extremely creamy creamed corn, pungent turnip greens, buttery mac ‘n’ cheese with just as much crunchy edge as you request from the server, hunks of sweet potato that are uncharacteristically not-too-sweet but in fact deliver earthy satisfaction, butter beans, black-eyed peas, and two kinds of cornbread – baked and served in squares as well as fried and served as a pancake. All these side dishes can be anchored by fried or baked chicken, smothered pork chops, catfish, pot roast, meat loaf, or lengths of rugged beef & pork sausage.

Hamburgers also are available, as are the usual array of breakfast sandwiches (on biscuits of course) in the morning, but it’s plate lunch that will lure me back – lunch and the good vibes that inform a visit here. At the height of mealtime, there’s a virtual crowd of servers all along the line taking care of business, among them four generations of the Taylor family. Open since 1966, this clearly is a town favorite eatery, bustling with happy customers carrying overloaded trays to tables and unupholstered booths in a dining area that used to be a private home. It is now a restaurant, but if the term home cooking ever really fits eating out, it sure does here.

What to Eat
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, BBQ Chicken
BBQ Chicken
Deeply flavored dark-meat barbecue chicken is accompanied by moist cornbread dressing and cranberry sauce.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Fried Chicken
Fried Chicken
If it is possible for fried chicken to have too much luscious, seasoned crust, this might be the piece: a thigh that is all crunch and succulence on the outside and, of course, flavor-dripping meat within.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Sweet Tea
Sweet Tea
At the end of the cafeteria line, large cups of expertly brewed sweet tea are piled up, ready for customers to grab and put on their tray.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Turnip Greens
Turnip Greens
Turnip greens are relatively mild, but still pack bracing vegetable potency.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Breakfast
Oinky breakfast: fresh sausage, smoked sausage, and side meat along with a biscuit and luxurious cheese grits.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Cornbread
Two types of cornbread are available: baked, which is cut into squares, and fried, which is served as an individual pancake. The squares are good for crumbling onto vegetables; the pancakes are good for mopping gravy and savory juices from the plate.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Macaroni & Cheese
Macaroni & Cheese
Comfort-food mac 'n' cheese, a joy-to-eat classic
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Peach Cobbler
Peach Cobbler
Peach cobbler isn't beautiful, but it is an agreeable harmony of sweet fruit and pastry.
BBQ Ribs
BBQ Pork
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Creamed Corn
Creamed Corn
Yes, creamed corn is a vegetable, but a vegetable as indulgent as warm custard.
Taylor’s Bar-B-Que, Deep Fried Side Meat
Deep Fried Side Meat
If bacon isn't rich enough, have some side meat (streak o' lean); and if that's still not rich enough, have your streak o' lean battered and fried.
Directions and Hours
open now
Monday5am - 8pm
Tuesday5am - 8pm
Wednesday5am - 8pm
Thursday5am - 8pm
Friday5am - 8pm
Open Year Round
Meals Served
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards Accepted
Alcohol Served
Outdoor Seating

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