Louis’s BBQ Shack
3½ palms (out of 5)
Where: 2191 N. U.S. 1, Titusville
Hours: 7 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday; 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday
Info: Call 321-264-1446
Also: Louis’s serves breakfast until 11 a.m. Tuesday through Sunday. If you fall in love with the cute piggy mascot, you can get it on a T-shirt for $8 or a onesie for $7. Louis’s also sells T-shirts commemorating the last mission of the space shuttle.
There’s nothing fancy or pretentious about Louis’s BBQ Shack, a quaint place in north Titusville. From the cute overall-clad pig on the sign to the picnic-style wooden tables to the outhouse decorations in the restrooms, Louis’s promises nothing more than it delivers: good, down-home food, served fast by a friendly staff.
Louis’s is like Nirvana for a Southern girl. Fried green tomatoes, fried okra, black-eyed peas and Brunswick stew are a few of the menu items that took me back to Sunday dinners at my grandmother’s table.
We arrived hungry, and it didn’t take long for a steaming basket of crisp, tangy fried green tomatoes ($4.99) to arrive at our table.
I’ve had tomatoes that were overcooked, rendered limp and mushy by too much time in the fryer. Not so at Louis’s. These had a nice firmness that stood up well to a good dunking in ranch dressing.
Our entrees followed soon after, and I wasn’t disappointed in my half-rack of baby back ribs ($8.25 with two sides). I opted for French fries and Brunswick stew.
The meaty ribs were coated in a sticky barbecue sauce with just a hint of sweetness. They pulled apart easily and were so good, I didn’t mind getting my hands and face a little messy.
The fries were hot and crunchy. And the stew, though it could have been a little warmer, reminded me of a concoction made years ago by Georgia cousins.
My husband was happy with his pork sandwich ($6.99 for regular, $7.99 for large, with two sides). The sliced pork was tender and juicy, and he drizzled it with a combination of Louis’s hot and regular sauces. The baked beans were flavorful, and the fried okra were warm, crunchy nuggets of heaven.
Our friends shared a basket of 10 smoked hot wings ($6.95) and a giant BBQ chef salad ($8.25).
The wings had just enough heat to be interesting, and the salad, well, wow. The platter of shredded lettuce was topped with smoked pork, beef and ham, accompanied by generous helpings of boiled egg, tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, onions and cheese.
Delicious, yes. But even with both of them eating their fill, they weren’t able to finish it.
Fine dining it’s not. But Louis’s is good, affordable food that already had me ready to go back for more.
Contact Fleming Leonard at 321-242-3614 or email@example.com.