Scott’s BBQ has been a fixture in Cochran since 1952, so at least three generations here have been raised on vinegar-based sauce and spaghetti in their Brunswick stew. I have a friend in Washington, D.C., who plans visits to his parents’ house based on when Scott’s will be open.
We went on a Monday night, which is normally a slow restaurant night, but Scott’s was packed with families, older couples and singles of all ages. The building itself has a great feel, with mismatched tables and chairs and with newspaper clippings covering the walls.
The place was so busy that we sat ourselves at a table before it had even cooled from the folks there before us. It was quickly cleared while we were given our menus, though I think most customers don’t even ask for them.
It took us a while to give our order, but our server was friendly enough and helped us choose our dinners.
Our reviewers determined that the hamburger items were better than the barbecued ones that night. I had the combo plate with two meats and two sides for $9.95, but my chicken was dry and the barbecue, which is vinegar-based like I prefer, wasn’t anything special. I did like the homemade potato salad a lot, nearly the consistency of mashed potatoes but with a slight sweetness. The cole slaw also was good, finely chopped and not too creamy.
The four of us who got barbecue left food on our plates, but the one who chose the hamburger steak for $7.95 with fries gobbled the whole thing down. Curious about other reviews, I found out later that their cheeseburger is a local favorite; too bad our server didn’t recommend it.
The chili was pretty good, with lots of meat, but the spaghetti noodles in the Brunswick stew was off-putting. We also didn’t care for the corn on the cob, which seemed to be nearly dried. The baked beans were sweet but OK and the sweet tea tasted more like sugared water than tea.
Desserts fared better, with thick homemade banana pudding and chess pie for only $1.75. If I were to come again, I’d try the highly-rated cheeseburger for only $2.90, as well as some of the other very inexpensive sandwiches. The Tracee Special is a grilled cheese with pulled pork for $3.20 and the BLT is just $2.70.
My theory is that folks who grew up eating here probably judge all other barbecue on Scott’s, but for out-of-towners it may not seem quite as good. After seeing the crowd there on a Monday night, this review won’t make a lick of difference to the locals anyway.
Address: 425 Ga. 87 North, Cochran
Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday
Payment: Cash, credit
Kids Menu: Yes
Noise Level: Low
Health Rating: 100
Price range: $7.95-$9.95
Rating: 2.5 stars