We’re nearly at the end of my summer of barbecue reviews. There’s a reason I’ve put off Woody’s until the end. I’ve been avoiding this place. I probably would have never set foot in here were it not for my desire to complete this series. I pretty much knew what to expect out of this chain restaurant near the mall, especially after last week’s article. My low expectations were confirmed. Woody’s should be avoided.
Did you think Sonny’s BBQ was dead? I did too. Fear not as they have been revived in the form of Woody’s. This place is a spitting image of Sonny’s. Sliced pork, really sweet sauce, crinkle cut french fries, buttery garlic bread… yeah they’ve got all that. And just like Sonny’s, the fries and bread are pretty good. The Q leaves a LOT to be desired.
But let’s back up a bit. I came here for lunch this past Saturday. The parking lot was nearly empty. That’s the first warning sign. Upon entering you’ll see a board listing the country veggies of the day (or should I say the veggies available from the microwave). The rest of the joint looks a lot like the former Pizza Hut that used to occupy this space.
The menu confused me a little. They have pork, beef, chicken, turkey, spare and baby back ribs. Yet also on the menu is Carolina style pulled pork. I asked about the difference between their regular pork and the Carolina style and learned that regular is sliced. I quickly settled in on sliced. I figured this Florida-based chain would offend me and my North Carolina heritage if I tried their attempt at Carolina style. Probably a wise choice.
Sliced pork is tricky. You’ve got to perfectly nail tenderness for it to be edible. Pulled or chopped pork is much more forgiving in this regard. Well, Woody’s didn’t nail the tenderness. It took a knife and a lot of pressure to rip this pork apart. Smoke flavor? Faint to none. I covered it in high fructose corn syrup, I mean sweet barbecue sauce, and ate as much as I could stand.
The crinkle cut fries are good and the bread is very buttery. They were the highlights of the meal. The sliced pork is very pedestrian. I compared it to Sonny’s earlier. Sonny’s might be better than this place… seriously.
The service was prompt and friendly. The kids meals come with a frisbee as a plate that the youngins can take home. I’m trying hard to think of anything else positive to say and nothing is coming to mind. Please avoid Woody’s.