UPDATE: Sam’s , alas, has closed.
After the hearing in our redistricting case, we went to Sam’s for lunch. Sam’s is in a non-descript shopping center on the Atlanta Highway east of downtown Montgomery. I don’t associate barbecue places with shopping centers, but Sam’s is in a separate building and the shopping center itself has seen better days. Sam’s looks like a barbecue place. This picture doesn’t capture the smoke coming out of the chimney, which is a shame. It was lovely.
I couldn’t get a good picture of Sam’s pit, but rest assured that it produces good looking pork butts.
Sam’s has a limited menu. They serve pork and smoked sausage as a sandwich or a plate. The latter comes with two sides – baked beans and french fries, or you can have slaw if you ask for it specifically. No one did. They also have chips and brownies, iced tea and soft drinks. There are a lot of football photos but none of Bear Bryant of Shug Jordan. They apparently are trying to avoid alienating any potential customers.
The food is good. The barbecue has a rough chop and comes with sauce and pickles. There’s a good mix of inside and outside meat.
The meat benefits from being cooked over a pit with hickory, and has a good texture and flavor. The sauce is okay. The fries are good and the beans are very good. They’re cooked with barbecue and a sauce that avoids the usual cloying excess of molasses and brown sugar. A+ for the beans. I’m glad I didn’t think to get slaw.
James Anderson, the distinguished lawyer below, organized the lunch. Rick Pildes, a relative novice at Alabama barbecue, demonstrated his characteristic anticipation of issues and avoided getting any sauce on his shirt and tie.
If you’re in Montgomery, Sam’s is a good bet for lunch. They serve good, solid barbecue. And the sausage looks good. I forgot to ask if they serve Conecuh Sausage. I expect I’ll return.