I’m Joey, a New York drummer living in Nashville, playing with the band Arc & Stones.
I LOVE FOOD! Right after college, I gained a lot of weight and hit a whopping 267 lbs. Terrified that I could hit 300 before I hit 30, I decided to take control of the foods I was eating and started taking the fitness thing more seriously. I keep a very strict diet, making sure I hit my macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbs) each day. I hit the gym six days a week.
But once a week I cheat and treat myself. Food is one of my favorite things in life. This regime allows me to have my cheese-stuffed, deep-fried cake and eat it too. My column will focus on these indulgent treats.
THIS WEEK’S RESTAURANT
Peg Leg Porker
While I’m not touring with the band, I am working for Postmates, which means I’m delivering food from restaurants all over the city. A couple weeks ago I picked up some food from an old-fashioned BBQ joint. I couldn’t wait to come back for myself.
Two blocks away I caught the BBQ smell. It’s one of those places where you walk into a brick wall of amazing and you immediately start salivating. I could read the menu from the line, but it was other patrons’ trays I was looking at. I noticed an abundance of mac n’ cheese, crinkle cut fries, bbq beans, ribs and pulled pork; all things I generally love so these folks pretty much made my decision for me. I got some of everything! But let’s break it down into bit-size pieces, shall we?
Ribs: Honestly they looked better than they were. Not to say they tasted bad but I found myself a little underwhelmed. I found the “bone to meat ratio” to be largely in favor of the bone, which made the meat seem a little dry and over done. The seasoning was great though and the half rack was definitely good enough that I’d give them another shot.
Mac and Cheese: Definitely in the running for the best I’ve ever had. The cheese was abundant, creamy and needed nothing. If I got pushed into a giant vat of it and had to eat my way out to (maybe) live another day, I’d die a happy, mac and cheese-stuffed man.
BBQ Beans: Also probably the best beans I’ve ever had. I’m not the biggest beans fan in the world but these guys do it right. They’re completely worth needing to have the car windows down on the ride home… in the rain… because farts.
Pulled Pork: Hand to God, the only problem I had with the pulled pork was the portion. I needed about two times more pulled pork and even then, I would still need more. Even without the great sauce options they make, the pulled pork stands alone. It’s incredible.
Carey Bringle and his family pride themselves in their ability to cook a pig and they should. If you find yourself in Nashville, go. But make sure to wear your fat kid clothes (coveralls or spandex leggings with expansion joints) and have a place to nap after.
Now it’s time to go back to measured portions of plain chicken, broccoli and rice.
Until next time…