Buddy’s Barbecue in Belmont blended excellent food stuff, welcoming environment

Versie Dortch

I’m likely to open with a most horrible confession.

I never ever when picked up food from the now-closed Buddy’s Barbecue, which for additional than two many years dished up barbecue, cheeseburgers, fried fish, and a host of other made-in-household specialties at its 5945 Wilkinson Blvd. area in Belmont.

But, to most likely mitigate that confession, I can in truth testify that I read the restaurant’s early early morning Fb post just about each individual doing the job day for the previous 5 yrs.

And, if I was not hungry before reading through, I certainly was afterward.

All those posts have been skillfully crafted early just about every early morning by Debbie Cunningham, bride and enterprise partner to Buddy Cunningham, who had now been at perform in the kitchen area for extra than an hour right before every day’s write-up went up.

Debbie and Buddy Cunningham, former owners of Buddy's Barbecue in Belmont.

The posts had been created to make the reader hungry for breakfast, hungry for lunch, hungry for eggs and grits, barbecue and fries, fried fish and slaw, and freshly-baked specialty desserts.

Here is a sample from Friday, Jan. 28:

“It’s going to be chilly and snowy this weekend so take property some Brunswick stew, homemade pimento cheese & rooster salad to munch on. Specials today consist of 2 Bbq sandwiches for $6.50 and the Fish Meal for $8.99. Your option of slaw and sauce comes with the sandwiches. Increase an get of fries, onion rings, fried pickles or fried okra or squash and shock a close friend!! Two pieces of filet, fries, coleslaw and hushpuppies come with the Fish Supper. Splurge these days with a double cheeseburger or a grilled home made pimento cheeseburger with bacon. Hot wings, scorching pet dogs and hen tenders or nuggets are great lunch options!! We experienced requests for another chocolate crusted no bake cherry cheesecake so we manufactured another 1 for currently along with a triple batch of brownies.”

Now, I know your issue before you question it.

How could I probably examine that and not straight away hop in my Hyundai Kona and make a beeline for Buddy’s?

Well it gets worse.

Buddy’s was famous not only for its good food items – wherever else could you get barbecue for breakfast? – but also for its pleasant, welcoming, “the shopper comes first” attitude, an angle which Debbie and Buddy exhibited every working day the restaurant was open up.

How do I know about their mind-set, their graciousness, their appreciate for the prospects who turned regulars and regulars who turned good friends?

The official logo for the now-closed Buddy's Barbecue.

Because they sat down and talked with me for more than an hour on a latest March early morning, telling me about their life and their kids and their grandchildren and their enthusiasm for providing their shoppers the incredibly very best meals achievable.

And also mainly because I took time to examine the practically 200 responses made in reaction to Debbie’s publish of Feb. 7 when she declared the restaurant had shut and would not be reopening.

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