Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pierce's Barbecue - The Undefeated Champion

What defines an authentic local place? The list should include consistent food; oversight by a committed entrepreneur, and a loyal local following. Pierce’s has all of these in spades plus it attracts ravenous Interstate 64 travelers and tourists galore twelve months of the year. The staple order at Pierce's is the jumbo with slaw, order of crinkle-cut fries, and a self-serve fountain drink-but freshly brewed tea is the obvious choice. There are other things on the menu but I don’t think I have ever ordered anything else in 30+ years of eating here. And I have never had a bad experience…food, service, or otherwise.

Part of the secret to their success is the pit cooked pork barbeque fired on premises daily. Another element is the orange and yellow paint scheme which is slathered on the often expanded dinner room. While take home is an option, nothing tastes as good as on-site dining while contemplating the neon colors. I always bring my overseas visitors to sample the barbeque and their consequent facial expressions tell it all. Pierce’s is possibly the most democratic experience in the entire, overly conservative Williamsburg area…from celebrities to truck drivers to Camp Perry trainees to tattooed bikers…the totality of the experience is not too be missed.

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