By David Israel, Business Manager
This past week my wife and I were watching our local PBS Station, WTCI Chattanooga while flipping channels called Tennessee Crossroads. This particular program was called "Smokin'" it was a special on BBQ places around state of Tennessee. Since moving to Chattanooga we have come to love BBQ and love to watch programming about BBQ. Well, they did a story about a local place called HillBilly Willy's BBQ located in Lookout Valley, where they serve Baby Back Ribs. It is not easy to find in good Baby Back Ribs in Chattanooga, as most BBQ joints use the St. Louis style ribs.
After the program I asked my wife to go look it up on the computer to see if they were open for dinner and maybe we would go try it. Well, they were closed Sunday and Monday, I was a little disappointed but determined to try out this place. So, I set up a date night with my wife and tonight we drove just three miles west of Chattanooga to try out HillBilly Willy's BBQ.
Well, let me tell you it was worth the wait and the drive. This BBQ joint is in an old supermarket strip mall and the food was incredible. We both shared a combo plate (1/2 rack of baby back and pulled brisket) it came with 2 sides, we ordered 2 additional sides, and we shared the meal. Let me tell you that it was enough food for both of us. The meat was smoked perfectly and they served sauce on the side. I dipped a little into the sauce but the flavor of the baby backs were incredible, sauce wasn't even needed. The sides were all fresh, great mac & cheese and green beans!
The atmosphere was very comfortable, like being in a friend's eat-in kitchen. The walls had pictures of family and friends and a ton of old pictures of the prohibition times, old stills, articles on liquor and just a few local celebrities. You come into the restaurant and are greeted with a huge smile, they ask if you had ever been there before, they certainly new we were newbies. They explained how to order at the counter, how the food is prepared, the sides, which they say are fresh and let me tell you they certainly are! We placed our order and took a seat and read the sign that says "this is not fast food, meals are prepared to order". We only waited about five minutes and our food was brought to our table. The portions were huge served on plastic plates with plastic forks. It was just a good ole BBQ joint.
After our meal we talked with the owners George and Angela, talk about some really nice people. We had a nice conversation about BBQ, families and friends. It was like going to a friends house for dinner. I can tell you that if you like Chattanooga BBQ, I highly recommend Chattanooga's Best Kept Secret, HillBilly Willy's BBQ, you won't be disappointed.