You Gotta Eat: Fat Boys Barbecue

By WEEK Producer

May 29, 2014 Updated Jun 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM CDT

This week on You Gotta Eat we head down Route 66 for the conclusion of our quest for the best barbecue around.

News 25's Chad Weber meets Paul Bunyon and Abe Lincoln on his way to Fat Boys Barbecue in Atlanta.

Just take Route 66 until you see the giant Paul Bunyon statue holding a hot dog -- look left -- and you'll find the Palm Grill. Home of Fat Boys Barbecue.

Tom Payne opened up this restaurant/catering company last November.

Since then he's been serving up his Memphis-style barbecue to everyone passing through from Bloomington to New Zealand.

I had to represent my home town as well.

The Fat Boys menu -- which includes brisket, pulled pork, and ribs on Saturdays -- is included as part of the Palm Grill which was originally built in the 1930s.

And if you take a look around, not much as changed since then.

Downs resident Sandy McGrew says she makes the trip as often as possible but for more than just the barbecue.

"It's just a whole different world. You step back in time and it's calm and it's relaxing," said McGrew.

I decided to order the horseshoe.

It's made with special recipe cheese sauce poured over -- in my case pulled pork -- with fries and toast.

It was a filling feast to say the least.

I also made sure to try out all three homemade sauces -- BBQ, medium, and Carolina mustard slather.

They were sweet and tangy and just to my liking.

I ended my meal with a slice of pie -- which was made by Payne's Wife who operates her business in Lincoln.

My bill came to $11.53 plus tip.

Fat Boys and the Palm Grill share the same hours. So, if you want, you can get barbecue for breakfast.

They are open Monday through Thursday from 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Sunday for brunch 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Afterwards, I took a trip upstairs and back in time at the free museum.

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