Catching Up With a Friend At His Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurant
Hole in the wall restaurants are the best!
The hole-in-the-wall restaurant; everyone has their favorite and that's because they're some of the best places to eat. Calling a restaurant a hole-in-the-wall always sounds like it has a negative connotation, but they're often recognized as being the hidden gems of the restaurant world!
A friend of mine, Marcus Haworth, reached out the other day to tell me about a special they were serving at the hole-in-the-wall restaurant he is Chef and General Manager at; J. Miller's Smokehouse. It seems that Marcus decided to up the common BLT (Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato) to something even better! I hadn't seen Marcus in a long while and figured I'd take advantage of a sunny afternoon; so I decided to get my hot rodded Mustang out of it's winter hibernation for a drive to lunch. The best days are when I get to combine two of my most favorite hobbies; my car and food!
It was a beautiful afternoon for a drive to get our for lunch, in my favorite car!
J. Miller's Smokehouse in Woodstock, GA.
J. Miller's is a hole-in-the-wall, no doubt. One of the many small restaurants found in the thousands of small strip malls in my area, J. Miller's has a small dining room and bar with a comfortable atmosphere just of the main street of Woodstock, GA. It's not flashy, and nothing really grab's your attention to it as you drive by. But what's inside is what makes it good. The food and atmosphere!
It was a little early, so I initially had the place to myself.
Too bad I was driving because I could have bellied up here for awhile!
Sadly I wasn't ordering BBQ because the sauces sound good.
Good selection of brews!
I ordered the special- the BLT. Marcus explained that the owner of J. Miller's found Pecan smoked bacon on sale at the local restaurant supply store, and that got the gears turning in his head. He had smoked peppers and garlic for some catering orders he had worked on, and had leftovers from that in the kitchen. What resulted was a BLT featuring Pecan smoked bacon, pepper jack cheese, pepper and garlic aioli, fresh sliced tomatoes, Spring mix greens, all served on buttered and toasted sourdough bread. On the side, I ordered mac n' cheese and bacon potato salad. I couldn't wait to dig in!
It was soooooooo good! BLTs are awesome to begin with but the special ingredients, Marcus elevated the simple BLT with awesome flavor! The aioli is what made this sandwich with its tangy flavor. The mac n' cheese was a perfect side dish with the flavor of smoked Gouda cheese really coming to the front with each bite. The bacon potato salad was also great, with a rich flavor and bacon. Can you have too much bacon? No!
Lunch is here!
The simple BLT elevated!
One of my favorites; mac n' cheese.
I'm getting hungry now looking at this!
Bacon potato salad!
Being J. Miller's Smokehouse is a hole-in-the-wall restaurant and not a corporate franchise type of operation, Marcus gets the latitude to mess around with the ingredients he has on hand in the kitchen to come up with off-menu specials on a regular basis. I'm going to have to follow J. Miller's Smokehouse a little more closely on Facebook so I can get in and try more of these specials out. Hmmmmm. Or maybe try out one of their Meatloaf Burgers or their Cuban Sandwich!
Checking out the smokers at J. Miller's Smokehouse with my buddy Marcus Haworth; Chef and General Manager.