Pit praises

Richard Jones Original Pit Barbeque on South CongressRight there where it’s always been still stands the wonderful Richard Jones Original Pit Barbeque. The nearby Dairy Queen has been through many incarnations, but Richard Jones continues to delight and remains the South Congress institution it has ever been. The brisket is prepared on premises, for hours and hours and hours. The flavor goes deep, and there’s no hint of ketchup flavor. The slicing will be done as requested. I abjure fatty brisket and there’s always waste-free beef there for me. I love the hand-painted signs; the prices have been updated, but the offerings are lettered just as they were in 1990, the date painted on the board. I don’t know whose sausages are here; they’re very garlicky and not particularly smokey. That’s all about individual preference, and I still miss the ones from the old Pit on Fifth Street downtown, which were probably from Smokey Denmark. I know people who can’t live without a weekly order of RJ chopped (BBQ) beef on a bun, with all the sides. Ever the purist, I order sliced brisket every time. Indoors are individual tables and also booths. Every day there’s a dine-in luncheon special. The breakfasts are some of the biggest bargains in town, with special additions to the menu on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings. These breakfasts are a big draw for people driving American-made trucks. I’ve always been a walk-up customer myself and have enjoyed some of the best conversations in town, right there in the parking lot or leaning against the wall. Now that I’ve paid some new attention to the breakfast menu, I can’t get it out of my mind. From here on out, I’m going to think of 2304 South Congress as a resource Beyond Supper.

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