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Where's the Pork? 

Side Dishes: on the bbq-t

Published January 16, 2008 at 12:28 p.m.

  • Matthew Thorsen
  • Big Fatty's BBQ

When country-pop star Martina McBride went to Woodstock for a holiday family getaway, the folks at Bentley's Restaurant got to know the platinum-selling chanteuse pretty well: She dined at the eatery on four separate occasions. Why the repeat eats? Reportedly, McBride was wild about the food. "She said they were the best ribs she'd ever had and the best pulled pork she'd ever had," relates proud Manager Brian Norris. And the woman lives in Tennessee!

Not only is McBride loyal, "She's a wonderful tipper," Norris dishes. He says that the singer left a C-note for her server every evening. She also signed a couple of autographs for enthusiastic staffers.

There's nothing like calling your favorite barbecue joint to place a take-out order, only to learn that the restaurant is "out of food." It happened to puzzled patrons of Big Fatty's BBQ last Saturday night, when an uncharacteristically intense weekend made pork production grind to a halt.

"Friday was really, really busy," explains Assistant Manager Misha Hudak. "We sold double the amount of food we had the previous few Fridays." By 7 p.m. on Saturday, she goes on, "We didn't have any more pork cooked, or chickens, or collard greens or macaroni and cheese. We turned off the lights at 7:30." Owner Clay Vagnini is currently on vacation in Panama, checking out the canal, but Hudak is sure that when he hears, he'll "think it's funny." Would he be so amused to discover the restaurant shut down early on Monday night, too? As for next weekend, the manager has made sure the Southern specialties won't run dry again. "Hopefully it's as busy," she says with a sigh.

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Suzanne Podhaizer

Suzanne Podhaizer

Former contributor Suzanne Podhaizer is an award-winning food writer (and the first Seven Days food editor) as well as a chef, farmer, and food-systems consultant. She has given talks at the Stone Barns Center for Agriculture's "Poultry School" and its flagship "Young Farmers' Conference." She can slaughter a goose, butcher a pig, make ramen from scratch, and cook a scallop perfectly.

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Matthew Thorsen

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Matthew Thorsen was a photographer for Seven Days 1995-2018. Read all about his life and work here.


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