Food: Newberry's Backyard Bar-BQ
About 15 minutes away from the hustle and bustle of Gainesville is the sleepy town of Newberry. It's a quaint little place, a boomtown that started up when phosphates were in high demand. The city hall is small enough to be mistaken for a neighborhood church, the main road through downtown is two lanes wide, and parking isn't hard to find. And here, in the heart of Newberry, is "Newberry's Backyard Bar-BQ."
The food is decent, though it's nothing to fawn over. The sides are actually the best thing on the menu - perfectly cooked corn-on-the-cob, good fried okra, fresh fries, and more. The ribs are smoked in the "Sonny's" North Florida style, and while they are tasty, I have a feeling they're overcooked (AFAIK, rib meat isn't supposed to fall right off the bone). In any event, they give you smaller portions than Tori's Bar-B-Q or David's Real Pit BBQ.
I only eat here once in a blue moon (mostly when I'm browsing Pickett Weaponry to see if they have lowered their prices - they never do :-P ), but I have to admit, it's always been a good meal. The town itself is very peaceful, and strolling around on a brisk fall day, stomach full of sweet tea and pork, is as pleasant as you'd think it'd be.
Rating: 2/4 stars