Giuseppi’s Pizza in Hilton Head, SC

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Everybody around here in Catfish County likes good pizza. But sometimes you’ve just got to road-trip it to get the best taste.

The next time you’re vacationing over in Hilton Head, SC, drop by Giuseppi’s Pizza & Pasta. They’re located in The Plaza at Shelter Cove. They also have a location in Bluffton.

Their pizza is remarkable and the beer is cold. In our experiences, the kids who work there are awesome. As expected, Giuseppi’s features lots of specialty pies in all configurations.

Besides the pizza, Giuseppi’s serves what’s called the Weggie. We love the Weggie. It’s a cross between a pizza and a calzone. The menu says, “We start with our homemade hand tossed pizza dough, add fresh ingredients, then we fold it and bake it to a golden brown.” The original Weggie has ham and pepperoni, Grande cheese blend, lettuce, tomato, red onions and Giuseppi’s homemade ranch. They also offer a Greek Weggie and a Roman Weggie among others. Of course, you can create your own.

Because Giuseppi’s Pizza is so popular, it does tend to get crowded in the summertime. And at peak times in the South Carolina heat, the poor ol’ air conditioner just can’t keep up. So if you’re there when it’s hot, just sit back and enjoy something cool until they call your name. You’ll be glad you did.

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Pero’s Pizza in Atlanta

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By Coach Billy Jack Hoover

As you all know, Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover, Chely Sizemore and I took a little trip to Florida a few weeks ago. I decided to get away, loosen up a little bit. Chely tagged along because she wanted to sample some fresh clams.

On the way back home, Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover took a notion to swing through Atlanta to see her fourth cousin who is a concierge down at one of those fancy hotels on Peachtree Street. In case you don’t know, a concierge is somebody who finds somebody to scratch your back if you tell him it’s itching.

I was itching for food instead (see what I did there?), so Chely and I dropped Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover at the hotel, and we went looking for something to eat.

We ended up in Buckhead, which is one of the fanciest parts of town. After driving around for a while, Chely slammed the big 4-wheel-drive in Park at a little place called Pero’s Pizza. It was kind of dark in there. Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover would call that “ambiance.” I never knew exactly what that meant, but any time somebody says “ambience” I always end up having to hold up the menu funny to see it.

I’m more about the food, anyway. We started with their famous bruschetta and some fried mozzarella sticks. The appetizers were good, but next time I’ll skip them and just get a bigger pizza. For the main event, we shared a Pero’s Special which is pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, onions and green peppers. Of course Chely had them add bacon to her half. I won’t bore you with the details. Just go get you some right now wherever you are.

I did almost cry though when I found out that we were too late for their lunch buffet. It’s probably for the best, though. I would’ve probably just made a fool out of myself if I’d been there for that. (I can mess up some good ambience when I tie on the old food bag at a pizza buffet.) As it was, I was glad Chely was driving. Heck, I was thinking about the pizza so much I almost forgot that we had to go back downtown to pick up Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover.

So if you can stand the traffic and all the peculiarities that make Atlanta Atlanta, go to Pero’s Pizza. Tell them Coach Billy Jack Hoover and Chely Sizemore sent you.

Cedar Key restaurants reflect old Florida

By Coach Billy Jack Hoover
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Sorry this took so long to write, slackers, but I had a little thing called football season to get going. Maybe you’ve heard of it. Anyway, as you all know, me, Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover and Chely Sizemore (@chelysizemore) spent a few days down in Cedar Key, Florida, back in the summer. Today, I’m going to talk a bit about Cedar Key restaurants.

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This is Steamer’s. Those are oyster shells on the wall. @chelysizemore wanted to do that at the Beaver Dam, but we’re not.

Cedar Key is down on the Gulf side. All you gotta do to get there is head out west from Gainesville. You hardly even have to touch the steering wheel. But, there are about 5,000 speed limit changes. The people who make the speed limit signs down there must be the dang governor’s family or something. Anyway, Cedar Key is the land that time forgot. It’s old Florida at its best. It is a bit run down in spots, and the locals blame that on the economy. It’s not for everybody. You won’t find any chain restaurants, hotels or stores on Cedar Key. Everything is independently owned, and that is a nice change of place for an old codger like me who doesn’t like all those neon T-shirt shops everywhere. (All the T-shirts you’ll ever need are at www.BeaverDamUSA.com and that’s all I’m gonna say about that.) Chely Sizemore was upset that there wasn’t any goony golf, but she survived somehow.

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So here’s quick recap of some of the Ceder Key restaurants where we ate.

Island Room At Cedar Cove – This is one of the fanciest restaurants on the island. I’m not much for places like that, but Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover likes to get dressed up every now and again, so we went there. The atmosphere was like the ‘60s – my favorite decade. The food was pricey but great. I would definitely recommend you hit the Island Room once while you’re there.

Pickled Pelican Bar and Eatery – This place has a great patio out over the water. It’s a fun atmosphere with a typical seafood/burger place menu. Excellent food.

Steamers Clam Bar & Grill – Steamers is the closest thing you’ll find to a chain type beach restaurant. The atmosphere is good with a nice view over the water. You’ll have fun there, but don’t get excited about the food. It’s just aight.

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Annie’s Café – This is a locals place. It’s in a run-down building, and that’s just the way they like it. It’s a favorite place for fishermen and old sea salts. The food is surprisingly good, and it’s surprisingly affordable.

Kona Joe’s Café – You know how Chely Sizemore loves her bacon, so we had to go to a couple of breakfast places while we were. Kona Joe’s had the best reviews online, so we went. It’s an interesting place, and the owner is personable. But the breakfast didn’t knock our socks off.

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Here’s Annie’s Cafe. That’s one long table.

And last but not least, I give you the Island Pizzeria vs. Cedar Key Pizza cage match… You know, you don’t go to the coast for pizza normally, and Cedar Key lives up to that pretty much. Cedar Key Pizza is right in town, so it’s convenient. Island Pizzeria is 3 minutes by car from the hotel area. Bottom line, Island Pizzeria is better. The truth is in the crust, and theirs is a bit better.

Aight slackers, I’ve gotta go. I’ve worked up an appetite talking about food. Remember to follow me on twitter @coachbillyj and follow Chely @chelysizemore.

Margarita’s in Macon

Margarita's in Macon beaverdamusa.comChely Sizemore wanted to get all uppity with the menu at The Beaver Dam Roadside Tavern again. This time, she got her mind on clams. After a bit of pestering, she convinced me it was a good idea. So me, her and Mrs. Coach Billy Jack Hoover (MCBJH) jumped in Chely’s big Dodge and headed toward Cedar Key, Florida.

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Now MCBJH just loves her some Mexican food, so we started hunting a place to eat supper around Macon, Georgia. We landed at Margarita’s Mexican Grill. Not a real creative name, but we tried it anyway, and we were pleasantly surprised. The chips were unique — thin and crispy — and the salsa was hot enough. Of course Chely wanted a bit more kick. She doesn’t think it’s hot unless you start squalling in the first 5 minutes.

Our waiter was a weird little feller, but that’s okay. The table next to us was real loud and full of slackers, and he asked if he could sit with us. MCBJH started scooting over before we told her he was only attempting to be funny. I had the chicken tacos. They came with no frills, no thrills. Chely had a chicken dish and MCBJH had the enchiladas.

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I’ll report on our adventures in Cedar Key in a few days.

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Dusty’s Oyster Bar in PCB

Dusty's oyster bar pcb beaverdamusa.comAs y’all know, Chely Sizemore is always trying to get uppity with the food at The Beaver Dam. So she decided to go down to Apalachicola, Florida, to pick up some fresh oysters. She said she would be going right through Panama City Beach, and she invited me to ride down. She said she knew a place down there that I would love.

Now, I drive an old Ford truck that we took off the road to use for a chicken house for a few years, but not Chely. She has this big black Dodge 4-wheel-drive, with a Hemi and all the bells and whistles. It sounds like a B-52 bomber when it roars by. When she pulls up, I always ask, “How’s the weather up there?” Get it? That’s pretty funny, I think.

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She drives the dang thing like she stole it. She’s pretty good about talking (or more like “leaning”) her way out of a ticket, so she doesn’t have to worry about that very often. We blew down through all those little Alabama towns on the way to the beach. Got pulled over four times. The first three times she got out of the ticket as usual. The fourth time was a different story, though. Up walked this big woman deputy with a mustache, a cigarette in one hand and ticket book in the other. She had also had onions for lunch. Plenty of them. After a good chewing out, she handed Chely a ticked to the tune of $239. Chely smiled, thanked her and offered her some sweet tea.

“Why were you so nice to that cop, Chely?” I asked.

“Didn’t you see her, coach? She looked like she’d had a horrible day.”

Yes, the world needs more Chely Sizemore’s. But I digress.

By the time we got to Panama City Beach, I was ready for a break, so Chely let me out at a place called Dusty’s Oyster Bar. Dusty’s says it’s the home of “warm beer, lousy food and ugly waitresses.” And that’s just a joke, because ain’t none of it true. Go see for yourself. It’s at 16450 Front Beach Road in PCB. It is a dive, and that’s a compliment coming from me. Dusty’s has plenty of tourist traffic, but it’s also a great place to get a good feel for the local culture. In the summertime, you have to go at off times to get in, but either way, it’s worth the wait.

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The beer at Dusty’s Oyster Bar is cold, and the draft is cheap if you catch happy hour. Of course, it’s an oyster bar, so the raw ones are delicious. You can also get baked oysters on the half shell. They’re like Oysters Rockefeller, but in all different varieties. For instance, you can get Jalapeno, Casino, Mexican, etc. I sampled them all. Excellent!

Of course, they feature all the seafood dishes you would expect, with a big treat being the frog legs.

My favorite thing on the menu was the nachos, though. They’re good enough to make a tear come to Ol’ Coach’s eye. And Chely picked up an order of Dusty’s Seafood Nachos for the ride home.

She came back to pick me up way faster than I wanted her to. I hadn’t even had time to sample everything on the menu, much less dessert. She says she’ll take me back to Dusty’s Oyster Bar the next time she goes to the Sunshine State, and I can’t wait.

Sugar’s Ribs – Chattanooga, TN

By Coach Billy Jack Hoover

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A view of Lookout Mountain from the Sugar’s Ribs location just off I-24 in Chattanooga.

I went up to Chattanooga a couple of days ago to make a friendly visit to a couple of football players’ families there. I’ve only got about 10 or 12 linebackers coming back in the fall, and I don’t like to be thin at that position. Chely Sizemore got wind I was going, and she said she wanted to see where Moon Pies were made. So she tagged along. We filled up the oil and checked the gas in the old Ford truck, jumped in and headed up the road to what people there call the Scenic City.

After we took care of our business, Chely and I got hungry for barbecue. We asked a couple of good ol’ boys where the best meat in town was, and they headed us to Sugar’s Ribs off of I-24 halfway up Missionary Ridge. The experience started before we even got out of the truck. Chely went on and on (and on, and on, and on) about the view of the city. You can see everything, including Lookout Mountain and some of the other mountains that surround town. And get this: those guys even sells T-shirts that say “Q with a view.” Now that’s funny. Sugar’s has a covered deck where you can enjoy the view while you eat outside, but it was a little cold so we ate inside. The walls are all glass, though. So we still got to take it all in while we ate.

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sugar's ribs beaverdamusa.comI got the pork butt and Texas Pintos. Now here’s a little lesson for all you Yankees and slackers out there: “Butt” refers to the shoulder of the hog. It’s called a Boston Butt cut, and it doesn’t have anything to do with the hog’s hind end, so quit snickering. Anyway, Chely got the BBQ chicken sandwich and smoked jalapenos.

My pork was a touchdown. It was served chopped. I prefer pulled, but when it’s this tender, you can just finish the job with your fork. Ol’ Coach has gobbled lots of barbeque in his day, and this rates among the best. There are 5 or so sauces on the table, and I tried them all. They included mustard, traditional, sweet, Carolina, and habanero pepper to describe a few. The good folks at Sugar’s put a bunch of little cups on the table so you can squirt a little in each. You’ve gotta try them all. My pork was served with a couple of southwest cornbread muffins that really stick to your ribs. The Texas pintos were a great side dish. They come with fresh onions, a fresh pepper and parsley on top. I mixed some of the habanero sauce in there with them.

Now, we all know that Chely has rung a few chickens’ necks in her day. She’s a real country girl who knows her yardbird. (That’s what we call chickens in Catfish County.) I think she would’ve gotten the pork like me, except when we walked in, the first thing we saw was the chicken rotisserie right there in the kitchen. Those birds were golden brown. I think that’s what hooked her. She was hypnotized.

Like all good women, Chely’s a talker. But the chicken sandwich hushed her up good. I don’t think she said a word the whole time she was eating it. It was fall-off-the-bone tender and tasty, according to her. She said the smoked jalapeno papers were a treat also. But slackers beware: they’re blazing hot. I’ve never seen a girl eat hot food like she does. But even she left the spine and seeds (that’s where the unbearable heat is, she says). She loved them, though.

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Mouth-watering sauces on the tables at Sugar’s Ribs.

Sugar’s also has ribs (it would be a slacker name if they didn’t), brisket, and lots of interesting side dishes. For all you back-sliding Baptists out there, they have a limited selection of beer and wine. You can check out the menu here. And, follow Sugar’s Ribs on twitter.

Me and Chely highly recommend if you ever go over to Chattanooga that you visit Sugar’s Ribs. They also have a location downtown.

Until next time, enjoy some Q with a view, and Give Me 20, Slackers!

Phil’s BBQ – Eufaula, AL

Aight, everybody, this is Coach Billy Jack Hoover, and I am proud to be writing the first post for “Good Grub, Southern Style” brought to you by BeaverDamUSA.com.

Back before the Iron Bowl, Chely Sizemore told me about a barbecue joint in Eufaula, Alabama, called Phil’s BBQ. You may remember that she mentioned it on our All Conference Team edition of the SEC Pigskin Picks radio show. She went there and proclaimed it the best sweet tea (and barbecue place) in the South. Well I didn’t do nothing but jump in the truck to go and try it for myself. Eufaula ain’t that big of a place, so it’s not hard to find. It’s about a block off the main drag behind the Citgo. I ain’t making that up. That’s even what it says on the billboards.

I was half expecting to taste the same old slacker barbecue that so many places try to pass off as the real thing. I don’t know Phil, but if I ever saw him I would give him a Gatorade bath that he would never forget. I had the pulled pork (that’s what barbecue is, you know), baked beans and cole slaw. And of course, sweet tea. The portions were bigger than I could ever imagine, and it’s slap-your-grandma good. If you’re not slobbering by now, I haven’t done a good job of explaining it. I will say this: Phil has his own sauce labels, and it’s pretty good stuff. But I recommend not using it. You don’t need it.

Chely had the turkey, and she said it was melt-in-your-mouth good, too. You know women-folk, they just think they’ve gotta order something that used to have wings but couldn’t fly.

Slackers, if you’re ever in Eufaula, hit up Phil’s. They’re real nice in there. Just tell them Coach Billy Jack Hoover sent you.

I snapped a couple of pictures.

They’re proud of the Eufaula Tigers football team at Phils, as they should be. They’ve won almost as many championships as my Catfish County Poison Fins. Almost, that is.

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You can’t tell it, but the picture in the middle is signed to Phil’s by none other than the notorious Coach Bobby Petrino himself. I don’t agree with everything he’s done, but I am surely in agreement with his taste in barbecue.

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If you’re still reading this, well I appreciate it. I hope your mouth is slobbering! Go check out our SEC Pigskin Picks page and our All Conference Team page, or just meet me at Phil’s.

 

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