CNN staffers travel a lot, even when they're not out chasing a story. They also tend to seek out delicious eats, no matter where their travels take them. This is the first in a series of snapshots of roadside food stands across the globe. Today's contributor, Shana Darnell, is a photo editor for CNN. She is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
Traveling on Hwy 369 in Ball Ground, Georgia, northeast of Hwy. 20, before you even see it, you catch a delicious whiff emanating from a large smoker, billowing barbecue aroma. A man chopping wood and a scarecrow version of the Amos's Bar-B-Q namesake greets you as you turn the corner onto Hightower Road.
My family and I piled into the tiny house adorned with eclectic relics of the old South amid countless kitschy signs decked with slogans like, "No service will be provided at this bar to anyone on a horse" and "All unruly children will be sold as slaves."
We each ordered the daily special, which consisted of a large chopped pork sandwich, baked beans and a medium drink - sweet tea, of course - for $6.00. A side of coleslaw and a bag of Lays potato chips are a MUST with barbecue lunch, and apparently, Amos' is also famous for biscuits with gravy and stew.
We were lucky to grab a picnic table inside, in the air conditioning on this hot summer day and set up camp with our two small boys. Being from Georgia originally, I grew up eating barbecue and without a doubt, Amos' offerings definitely top the charts. It was juicy and flavorful and the sauce was a perfect complement to the barbecue without overpowering it - not too tangy, too sweet or too hot.
When we finished, the miniature John Deere tractor on the front porch - which offers family style picnic table seating - enchanted my son. Overall, the atmosphere, the freshness of the food and the friendly, down-home service make this place a true jewel of the South.
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