Poole’s Bar-B-Q

Poole's Bar-B-Q - East Ellijay, GA - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

When some people go on vacation they make a list of sights to visit while in a particular area.  When I go on vacation I make a list of restaurants I want to visit on my way, while we are at, and on our way home from the selected destination.  Thankfully I have a very understanding wife who lets me make random detours as I chase the perfect pork sandwich.

On a trip to mountains we made our way through East Ellijay.  Perched on a small rise above the highway was a bright red and yellow restaurant,  Poole’s Real Pit Bar-B-Q.  Next to the restaurant the hillside was chock full of wooden pigs with various messages scrawled upon their piggy sides.

Poole's Bar-B-Q - East Ellijay, GA - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

The thought of a pork sandwich had kept me going since we left Monticello that morning, and Becky and the kids elected to sit in the car while I ran inside for my prize.  At the order window inside I looked over the menu.  Poole’s offers beef, chicken, pork and a variety of BBQ sides.  My heart leapt when I saw the pork sandwiches, and I ordered one along with a tea.  Service was quick and in minutes I was walking towards our car with a simple white paper sack in one hand.

A quick note, for those who like to sit awhile and enjoy their BBQ Poole’s provides ample seating in a simply furnished dining room.  Bottles of sauce dotted wooden tables above a very badly painted concrete painted “stone” floor.  Snap shots covered the walls.  Talking was kept to a minimum by the patrons in the dining room who were primarily concerned with eating their lunch.

Poole's Bar-B-Q - East Ellijay, GA - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

The pork sandwich was wrapped in wax paper.  A simple bun was full of pork which spilled out from its sides.  A look under the hood revealed a mixture of nicely cooked pork and delicious looking pieces of bark.  I took a bite.  The meat was moist with a fantastic smoky flavor, and not a drop of sauce was needed.  As for the tea, it was properly sweet, not diluted by ice, and cold.

Poole’s pork sandwich was easily one of the best I have had within the State of Georgia, and I will make sure to pay them another visit when I am in their neck of the woods.  The BBQ joint is located at 164 Craig Street. Poole’s is open Thursday 11 – 7 p.m, Friday and Saturday 11 – 8 p.m., and on Sunday from 11 – 6 p.m.  The restaurant can be found online at poolesbarbq.com and contacted by telephone at (706) 635-4100.

Poole's Bar-B-Q - East Ellijay, GA - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Poole's Bar-B-Q - East Ellijay, GA - Photo by Mike Bonfanti

Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Atmosphere: A
Taste: A
Presentation: B
Service: B
Cleanliness: A
Price: $

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