For all you Carolina style barbeque fans, I’ve found a local haven for you.
Jot ‘Em Down Barbeque is the place to go!
Located on Whitehall Road (Drive down South Milledge Avenue until it dead ends, turn left, and go about a mile. It’s on your left.), Jot ‘Em Down pretty much looks like a sketchy shack.
I won’t lie. I’ve passed by it many times, and I’ve gotten a weird impression. However, thanks to my good friend and former roommate, Erin Gentry, I have truly learned not to judge a book (or shack) by its cover (or roof).
When you walk in the door, you’re not really sure what it is inside. A grocery store? A kitchen? A restaurant? I think it’s pretty much all three.
You’ll find a shelf covered with cans of SPAM, Vienna Sausages, Moon Pies, cheese crackers and Lays Potato Chips, as well as a refrigerated case with sauce, banana pudding and pecan pie.
Along the walls, you’ll also see many old country decorations from road signs to overalls to a picnic basket. Pretty eclectic, huh?
Erin decided to order the pulled pork plate that came with two sides ($7.50). She picked slaw and Brunswick stew. I decided to go with the pork sandwich plate complete with baked beans and Brunswick stew ($6.50). We both paid with debit cards, so they take all kinds of payment.
Our order was brought out right away to our table, and we dug in. I’ve never seen a table set up like this before. Everything you needed was on there: a pitcher of tea, seven different sauces, lemons, wet naps, ketchup and napkins. I didn’t need to get up for anything!
All of the sauces are vinegar based. They even have a homemade mustard sauce that was fantastic. Some of the names of the sauces included Cherokee Indian and Carolina. That’s all I can remember, but they were all great! Some hotter than others, obviously.
My baked beans were great. Slow cooked and delicious. I wasn’t a big fan of the Brunswick stew, and I’m not sure why. It just didn’t tickle my fancy tonight. I tried some of Erin’s slaw, and I was pleasantly surprised! There was a definite vinegar taste, but I mostly noticed the extreme amounts of dill used in the recipe. It was great! So much better than Chick-Fil-A’s.
The nice checked, retro tablecloths were a great combination with the rustic decor. On top of that, the people who work there are young and eclectic- kind of like the employees at Jittery Joe’s! I was really surprised by this. I guess I thought I’d see Mamaw and Papaw back behind the counter. Our servers, Courtney and Diana (not sure if I spelled it right), were extremely hospitable, though!
All in all, Erin and I had a great time to catch up and eat some good Carolina BBQ. You should go to Jot ‘Em Down and decide for yourself!
To look at the pictures I took, click here. It won’t let me do a slideshow anymore. 😦