Holley’s BBQ: go for the pulled pork [closed]
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Lacey Elaine Dillard
Please note: Holley’s BBQ is no longer in business.
Some people are really picky about barbeque, getting into the nuances of the bark and the smoke and all other details about the meats. For me, barbeque restaurants are just like any other restaurants — experiences made up of many different elements including food, pricing, value, atmosphere … etc.
It’s the way these elements combine that lead me to recommend a place. Maybe the food is pricey but the atmosphere and quality justify it. Maybe the food is just “pretty good” but it’s sold at a great value. Maybe the atmosphere is terrible but the food is great and very cheap — that’s the whole basis for our shady restaurant series.
In the case of Holley’s BBQ, I didn’t find anything amazing or outstanding, but I did find some good food in a comfortable atmosphere at a pretty good value. It may not be worth a drive across town, but if you’re in the area, Holley’s BBQ is worth a stop. And when you make that stop, I recommend you try the pulled pork.
The pulled pork at Holley’s is very moist and flavorful. It seems to be more heavily seasoned than some varieties with a deep, rich color and a little kick. Out of everything I’ve tried at Holley’s, I like the pulled pork the best. I’ve also sent some other people to Holley’s on the pulled-pork recommendation and they’ve all had good things to say.
The pulled pork is noteworthy on its own, but when you discover you can get a pulled pork sandwich (see a pic), a side and a drink for $6.29 every day at lunch, now you’ve got a great deal. Holley’s has other specials that change from day to day but this one is consistent at lunch time and well worth the visit.
For sides, the best I’ve found are the Hollywood’s BBQ Baked Beans. They’re an original recipe with great flavor and consistency. The other sides I tried were lackluster. The sweet potato fries and corn nuggets were just frozen varieties fried up out of a bag. Nothing original here. They have some other sides I haven’t tried yet that might be worth exploring, but when I only have one to choose, it’ll likely be the beans every time.
Holley’s has three sauce varieties. I like the original which had a bold rather than a sweet flavor. They also have a hot and a sweet sauce sauce. The hot is very hot. I tried mixing the hot and original together which came out pretty well. But, the original by itself is probably my favorite.
They also have a free pickle and onion bar. This is nice, but about the only thing I really found interesting on it were the bread and butter pickles. They were great, but everything else was pretty basic.
The atmosphere at Holley’s (see a pic) is just about right for a barbeque place, I think. It’s nothing much but it’s got a little character inside, which is saying a lot considering it’s located in a strip mall. Some die-hard barbeque fans who prefer the ramshackle feel of a place like Leo’s might find it a little “polished” for their tastes, but I can forgive that in exchange for the tasty value found in that pulled pork sandwich special. The service has also always been very friendly and the place is pretty hoppin’ around the lunch hour.
Holley’s may not be a “drop everything and go” type of restaurant, but if you’re in the area and looking for a good meal at a good value, especially at lunch, it’s worth your time to check them out. And while the pulled pork isn’t the only thing on the menu, I highly recommend you give it a try. And please, as always, let us know what you think about Holley’s BBQ in the comments below.
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Photos by Lacey Elaine Dillard