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BBQ in Franklin, Oysters in Madison

Steve and I tried two new-to-us places recently and enjoyed them very much. Here's a brief recap, so you can decide if they sound appealing to you.


Our son Matt is a huge fan of barbecue. Maybe it's because he grew up having Big Bob's and Whitt's on a regular basis. Maybe it's because he pastored in Wynne, Arkansas for a while and had some great friends who were big-time, cook-the-whole-pig guys. Anyway, many weekends he has delectable meat cooking low and slow in his smoker and often sends us photos to make our mouths water. All that to say when he suggests a barbecue place, it's because he deems it to be worthy.

Edley's Bar-b-que has eight locations in and around Nashville, and one in Chattanooga. We visited the one in the Franklin Berry Farms area. We sampled the pulled chicken, the sliced turkey, and the half bird on the bone. Next time, we'll try the chopped pork, ribs, and brisket. I particularly liked the selection of sides available. You have to love a place where banana pudding can be ordered as a side. :) Other choices include green beans, cole slaw, potato salad, cornbread, grits casserole, mac & cheese, bean salad, and baked beans. Food was good. Portions are generous. We liked it a lot.

It's casual. You stand in line to order at a window, you're given a number, you fix your own drink, and your food is brought to the table. No need to dress up.

CAP'T LOUI in Madison

Have you noticed how many Cajun seafood boil places have sprung up in recent years? I'm a big fan of shrimp and crawfish, mind you, but I'm not always in the mood to put on a big bib and plastic gloves because my meal is going to be messy. I am, however, always in the mood for raw oysters, and not all of these seafood boil places have them.

Cap't Loui franchises are currently in eight different states, but only one is in Alabama, and that one is on Promenade Point Parkway, between County Line Road and Clift Farms.

We started with oysters, of course, and then shared a fried shrimp basket. Everything was delicious. It's a smallish place, but if you're in the area and have a craving for seafood, I believe you'll enjoy Cap't Loui. Special thanks to my Uncle Milton and Aunt June for telling me about it. :)

Have a great week!

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