This past weekend I had a family obligation that prompted me to hop in the car for a day trip, driving over 5 hours each way to and from Florence, Alabama. While I had a pretty full schedule once I arrived, I knew there was one detour that I had to make: Bunyan’s BBQ.
Having been in business for over 50 years, the menu at Bunyan’s is pretty standard BBQ fare, and generally nothing so special that it would merit a side-trip. However, there is one dish at Bunyan’s whose equal I have yet to find: their spicy slaw.
Steeped in a vinegary hot sauce, this bright-orange slaw is beyond addicting. I hate the overused food-as-a-drug simile, but this stuff really is like crack. It goes well on absolutely everything, but I’ve been known to just fill a bowl with it and take it to the face by itself. While I waited in line to order my 1.5 gallons that I carted home, I overheard the guy in front of me explain that he was from Maine and had driven 2 hours out of his way just to get some of this slaw.
This got me thinking. If I was only looking at a 2 hour drive, I would totally sacrifice 4-5 hours of my day to drive to Florence just to go to Bunyan’s for more of that addictive slaw.
Now that summer is upon us, many of us have some road trips in our near future. What is the furthest out of your way that you have gone for a food item that you can’t get here in town, and what is it?
- By Jon Watson, Food & More blog