There are quite a few barbecue joints in Middle Georgia, but Martins BBQ in Warner Robins stands out above the rest.
Lets start with the star of Southern barbecue: pulled pork.
The pulled pork at Martins BBQ is deliciously smoky, juicy and tender. The meat melts in your mouth and is so flavorful, no barbecue sauce is needed (though you should try the mild, hot and sweet varieties).
In fact, all the pork at Martins is that way. Meat on the ribs literally falls of the bone, as does the meat on the whole Boston butt I bought for Easter supper.
If pork isnt your favorite, Martins also has other offerings including pulled chicken, smoked turkey and sliced beef brisket, which also had a nice smoky taste.
Even the chicken salad, spread in between two slices of fluffy white bread, had an aromatic smoky flavor.
Your meats come either in a sandwich or on a plate, with sides just as good as the main meal.
Pork continues to be the theme, with pieces cooked in the hearty Brunswick stew, smoky barbecue beans and even the green beans, which also had a kick.
Fried sides abound with onion rings, fresh cut french fries with seasoning salt, fried okra and corn nuggets. Oh, corn nuggets. Those little pieces of fried creamed corn are quite good.
As for the barbecue sauces, I liked each of the ones I had. The mild sauce is red in color and has a sweet flavor (though not as sweet as the slightly-darker colored sweet sauce). The hot barbecue sauce appeared to be the same as the mild, but dialed up the heat with pieces of crushed red pepper flakes.
I ate a lot of food at Martins, and most of it was very good. The items I wasnt a huge fan of -- mainly the potato salad, which had too much mustard; coleslaw, which was too vinegar-based for me, and beef brisket, which I thought was a little dry -- were mostly based on personal preference.
Each time I went, service was friendly. Dining at picnic tables contributed to the down-home atmosphere that helps make Martins a place I will return to again and again.
Address: 102 First St., Warner Robins
Hours: 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Fridays; 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays; closed Sundays
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids menu: No
Noise level: Medium
Wheelchair accessible: Yes
Health rating: 91
Price range: Mostly $3.29-$11.49
Stars: 3 1/2