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Definitely Not a Smoke-Free Zone: Barnyard BBQ

Ashley says…


A few months ago driving through Teays Valley on a Friday evening just hoping something different would jump out at us for dinner, my husband and I discovered this little gem.  Nestled  in a small building on Hospital Drive just off of Rt. 34, you really wouldn’t notice this place if not for the huge smoker out front and with the smoke rolling out of it.  Then there’s the smell. ..I love the smell of dead animal cooking on a wood fire.  Barnyard smokes all the meat right there in the front of the building.

We walked in to a surprisingly-crowded place with the décor to match its name.  Rough wood floors and walls are throughout making it appear barn-like.  We were seated immediately in the main dining area at the only empty table left.  Barnyard BBQ has a bar in the main dining room with a couple of TVs and sells a large selection of beers, but no other alcohol. 

We ordered the fried pickles for an appetizer.  Unlike Susan, I love pickles,  all shapes, sizes and flavors.  Barnyard makes theirs from scratch.  They were very good. 

One of that night’s specials was fried chicken livers, cooked to order, with two sides.  My husband ordered them because he is a sucker for liver. Blech!!!  I’m like Fonzie when it comes to liver.  (Anyone remember that about him on Happy Days?)   I’m here for barbeque so bring on the meat!  I ordered the combo plate with pulled pork, pulled beef brisket and smoked chicken.  I chose onion rings and sautéed green beans as my sides.  All meals also come with a corn fritter. 

Portions are huge.  I got a good amount of the pork and beef and  ¼ (leg and thigh) of a chicken.  The pork and beef had some of Barnyard’s homemade BBQ sauce drizzled over them.  All three meats had a great smoky flavor, were very tender and very good.  On the table were three sauces, all made in-house, sweet tangy heat Memphis-style, vinegar-based North Carolina-style and a mustard-based sauce.  I love NC-style sauce so I used some of it combined with the Memphis-style.  Yum!  My onion rings were the frozen kind, but still good, and the green beans weren’t your typical southern style beans.  They were sautéed and flavored nicely.  Husband liked his chicken livers, mashed potatoes and green beans.

I recently had a craving for BBQ so we made a second visit.  This time I got the two-meat combo of pulled pork and beef with cole slaw, macaroni and cheese and a fritter.   One thing to note also is that all of Barnyards sides are homemade except for the onion rings and French fries.  Other sides include red skin potato salad, macaroni salad and baked beans.  This time Husband ordered ½ rack of baby back ribs with baked beans and potato salad.

My pork and beef were just as good as the first time and the mac and cheese was to die for.  The cole slaw, however, wasn’t so much.  It was super finely shredded, too watery and without much flavor.  The ½ rack of ribs was a good size and very meaty.  The smoky flavor was really evident too, which I love.  I also tried the beans and potato salad.  Both were really good.  I don’t even like potato salad, but I would consider ordering it here. 

This time, against my full belly’s recommendation to pass, we ordered dessert.  Desserts are also homemade.  On our first visit we heard other diners talk about how good the bread pudding was, but they were out of it that night so we didn’t get an opportunity to try it. This time we were in luck.  “WOW!” is all I can say about it.   It was warm and gooey and tasted like a cinnamon roll right out of the oven.  Topped with a scoop of vanilla ice cream, this dessert was heavenly.

Barnyard BBQ opened as a full-service restaurant late last year.  They’d done only catering before and now do both.  It is the only place of its kind in the area that I know of since Smokey’s and Smokey Bones closed.   It ranks right up there with all the other BBQ joints I’ve tried here and in other states.  I give it FOUR FORKS.

Barnyard BBQ
1101 Hospital Drive
Teays Valley, WV 25526
Tel: (304) 964-3322
Barnyard BBQ on Urbanspoon

Are We Really Gonna Eat Lunch Here? – The Dome

NOTE: This is Fork You’s

100th West Virginia restaurant review!!!


Daniel says…


At Stanton’s suggestion we met at the Dome Grill and Bar in early April for another Charleston food blogger summit.  Albeit Stanton will argue that Fork You is not a Charleston food blog.  Just like his nationally famous, WV Hot Dog Blog, our not so famous blog reviews restaurants across WV.  You can read Stanton’s review of the Dome’s WVHD here.

I like hole in the wall type places and Stanton’s blog has given me the gastronomic courage to try many great, but shabby looking joints. I used to think if they don’t take the time and energy to improve a customer’s first impression, then I hate to think about the effort going into the food. The Dome has taken zero effort to enhance ones first impression. The inside is not much better. A matter of fact it’s pretty worn. Keep it mind if it was dark outside and you had your beer goggles on it would look just fine, but the Fork You Five had the benefit of sunshine. Continue reading

What? We Don’t Get a Free Biscuit??? – Tudor’s


Ron Says…

With all the rah rah going on with the Calorie Bill and Oshel Prego Craigo pulling one of his stunts and using WV PoliticsThe Good-Ol-Boy Network” to get it done,  Fork You decided to venture to one of the man’s fine establishments. So we decided on none other than the Tudor’s Biscuit World in Kanawha City upon Dan’s advice as if I recall he said it was the best.

Personally (that implies that what follows will be my OPINION) I thought it was pretty run down so if this is the best Oshel has to defend, well then it probably would bankrupt this joint to pay to put calories on the menu.

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Wet your Whistle at Mrs. Winkle’s


NOTE: This restaurant is closed.

Dan says…

I have always had trouble pronouncing certain words and the prior name of this establishment was no exception.  Being a WV transplant and not familiar with the restuarant I have always called it Bon-i-cals instead of Bo-win-kles.  So I appreciate the name change to something easier for me, Mrs. Winkle’s.  Now I have to assume the owner is married and not a feminist, because she went with the Mrs. and not the Miss or Ms. title.  I’m glad she didn’t hyphenate, because that would be a mouthful.  “Hey Susan, you want to go ‘fork’ Ms. Manchini-Winkle’s?” Continue reading

Roadside BBQ – When Pigs Fly

When Pigs Fly – Lewisburg, WV (sometimes)

Dan says…

pigs-fly-002aI enjoy BBQ.  I am not a BBQ expert. So if you are a BBQ competitor or a BBQ judge feel free to correct me in the comments.  I generally make it a point to stop at every BBQ joint I pass when I’m traveling for work.  The Vegetarian Wife is accomodating, but sometimes the only vegetable on the menu is french fries. I have to keep BBQ dinner requests to a minimum.  So when I noticed the When Pigs Fly BBQ (WPF) trailer on the way into Lewisbug in September I knew I had to stop. I had tried to get some BBQ in previous visits to Lewisburg, but WPF BBQ is mobile and on more than one occasion they were located in Jackson’s Mill. So consider yourself warned before you take a trip to Lewisburg for this BBQ.  (Side note – I made two special trips to Lewisburg to eat at Jim’s Drive-In and it was closed both times.) Continue reading

the Devil Spit on this – Famous Dave’s

Famous Dave's

Susan says…

Historically, I have not been a fan of barbeque.  I can appreciate a sweet sauce smothering tender meat.  But I do not enjoy picking meat off ribs and getting all that sauce under my acrylic nails.  Even with the little wet wipe they give you (pioneered by the Colonel, remember?) you can’t get it all off your hands.

Ron loves this kind of food – so when they opened a Famous Dave’s in Barboursville, I was dragged there a lot.  But you know, I actually liked it.  I love the sweet & sassy sauce, the ribs were tender (I picked the meat off with my thumb, forefinger and a fork with my pinky sticking up in the air) and their sides were great.  Delicious cornbread muffins, crispy fries, and the kids loved the corn on the cob.  We ate there quite often, and after we made ourselves almost sick of the place with frequency, we put it in a rotation where we hit it about every couple months.

On our two most recent visits, we sadly noticed a decline in quality. 

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Ribfest Ripoff – 10th Annual Charleston Ribfest

10th Annual Charleston Ribfest – Charleston, WV

Dan says…

I decided early in the week that I would attend Ribfest sans the Vegetarian Wife on Friday evening.  Ribfest is in a new location between Kanawha Blvd and Virginia Street next to the Shoney’s. I like this location better than Laidley Field except for parking.  I searched for a free parking space for several minutes before ending up at a “reserved” spot in the Municipal Auditorium Parking Lot. I wonder why CASCI doesn’t open their parking after hours for paid event parking. Continue reading