Posts Tagged ‘Statesboro’

During our Statesboro visit, we had the pleasure of visiting “Statesboro’s Premier Thai Restaurant” with Eliza’s parents. And while there may not be a lot of competition for that title, this place was awesome.

I had soft shell crab, with some sort of curry that I wanted to lick off the plate. Eliza had the salmon. This was one of those meals whose taste I can instantly summon from memory. It was everything Thai food should be: a little spicy, sort of unfamiliar, and incredibly flavorful. Now if we could only get them to open a location in Austin.

Here’s the appetizer platter: calamari, dumplings, spring rolls, and something else that looks like a spring roll.

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Here are Eliza’s folks enjoying the sweetest part of any meal: anticipation.

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Vandy’s, Statesboro GA

We made it to Statesboro just in time for a mid-afternoon lunch at Vandy’s Bar-B-Q. This beloved cinderblock Statesboro institution has been serving up bbq plates (small or large – those are pretty much your only choices) and sweet tea to locals for 80 years. Though we live in the land of great bbq here in Austin, I often long for Vandy’s. The pork is chopped vigorously (and loudly), so that the meat, fat, and charred bits are perfectly combined. It’s all smothered with a slightly sweet vinegar and mustard sauce. The Brunswick stew is so thick and meaty you can eat it with a fork. And though Ben often shuns carbs, I like my Vandy’s with a healthy stack of white bread.

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Here is the smokehouse around back. Not to be confused with that awful place in Greenville. This is where all the magic happens. I think they may have been burning some old shipping pallets in there, but it sure smelled amazing.

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Ben loved Vandy’s so much, he ate it two days in a row. I think it may have been his favorite part of our weekend in Statesboro.

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