Chances are, if you aren’t familiar with the Flowood area or drive down a certain stretch of Flowood Drive on a regular basis, you may not know about the new barbecue place we’ve been keeping under wraps: Dubois Grocery & BBQ.
Now that deer season is in full swing, I frequently find myself in the “hunter’s widow” scenario on the weekends. This particular Saturday, it was just my two-year-old son and me. It was a beautiful fall day, so I decided a barbecue lunch date would be the perfect food adventure for the two of us.
As my son and I made our way up the wooden ramp that leads to the double screen-door entrances of Dubois Grocery & BBQ, we were greeted by Ed Cummins, one of the owners. He gave us a warm welcome as he held the door open and instructed us to sit anywhere we wanted.
Stepping into Dubois Grocery & BBQ is like stepping into a small town country diner. You may remember eating at places like this growing up, back when little towns still had a thriving town square and where lunch counters were the place to enjoy a cup of coffee and hear the latest gossip. There aren’t many places like that left nowadays. But as soon as you walk into Dubois, you feel right at home.
Ed took down our drink orders and left me to look over the menu. They have the typical items like sandwiches, pulled pork, ribs, chicken, and sausage. But they also have plate lunch specials available throughout the week like country-fried steak, smoked or fried pork chops, meatloaf, fried chicken, and fried catfish. Sides include macaroni and cheese, cole slaw, hand cut fries, sweet potato fries, baked beans, and fried okra. I could see I was going to have a hard time making a decision.
I decided my son and I would share a pulled pork sandwich and an order of sweet potato fries. While we waited for our food, we checked out some of the old memorabilia that lined the wall. The restaurant is housed in an old country grocery store built in the late 1940’s that closed sometime in the 1980’s. I would later find out from Ed that everything used to decorate the interior were items recovered from the store after Ed and co-owner Tim Bennett purchased the building.
A short time later, Ed brought out a huge mound of pulled pork piled on top of a bun and a generous serving of crinkle-cut sweet potato fries. I was relieved that I had decided my son and I would share, because there was no way I was eating all this myself. The sandwich had big chunks of pork in it. A few pieces had that yummy crispy char, and the sandwich was slathered in a sweet and tangy barbecue sauce. My son, in typical two-year-old fashion, was only interested in the fries, which were not too sweet and had just the right amount of crunch. That was fine with me. That meant I could devour this sandwich all by myself.
Even though I was pretty full after the sandwich, I knew I couldn’t write a proper review without trying one of their desserts. So I ordered a slice of key lime pie. I wasn’t sure if my son would eat key lime pie, but it didn’t take me long to discover that he loved it. I may have eaten that sandwich by myself, but he wasn’t giving me much room on the pie.
I asked Ed about how they smoked their meats and he revealed that they use oak. He also mentioned that they do take-out orders and catering, including smoked turkeys (hint, hint, Thanksgiving is around the corner!).
My entire lunch plus dessert only cost around $7. I know my husband is going to be sorry he missed out on this lunch date, but that just gives me an excuse to come back and eat here again.
FOOD: Excellent! These guys know how to smoke meat, and they do barbecue right.
SERVICE: Very good. Both the owners – Tim and Ed – were very nice and personable and made us feel right at home.
ATMOSPHERE: Comfortable. From the paper plates and napkins to the oilcloth tablecloths, you don’t have to worry about looking foolish if you get barbecue sauce all over your face.