Southern Living Magazine
The South's Best Road Food
At times, it feels like fast food is the only option on a road trip. It's easy, it's quick, and usually you can even eat fast food while you're riding or, God forbid, driving. But there's more to a road trip than burgers and fries, at least according to Southern Living magazine's November 2013 issue, which is on newsstands now.
Intending to help Thanksgiving and holiday travelers find delicious, fulfilling grub all over the Southeast, Southern Living set out to find the 15 best road food stops easily accessed from five Southern interstates: Interstates 40, 20, 35, 95, and 77. Of those, only I-20 runs through Alabama, and only one Alabama restaurant made the list: Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ, in Tuscaloosa.
Southern Living had this to say about Archibald & Woodrow's, which is in in two locations, on Greensboro Ave. in downtown Tuscaloosa, and on McFarland Blvd.: "Like most Tuscaloosa barbecue, Archibald's offerings are similar to Carolina-style barbecue, meaning no beef and a peppery, vinegary sauce."
Archibald & Woodrow's BBQ | Exit 71A, Tuscaloosa, AL | Miles from Interstate: 1
As you pull up to this squat red building, a wondrous aroma hits you: the smell of wood smoke and rendering pork fat. Locals have been following that lure through Archibald & Woodrow's unassuming door for more than 50 years, and it's easy to see why. Like most Tuscaloosa barbecue, Archibald's offerings are similar to Carolina-style barbecue, meaning no beef and a peppery, vinegary sauce. Even so, the menu is wide-ranging for a barbecue hut. But you're here for the pork: namely, the chopped shoulder or tender, smoke-swathed ribs.