Hickory Pit offers good eats, good service

photo A chopped pork plate at the Hickory Pit on Ringgold Road is available with "freedom" fries and okra.

IF YOU GOWhere: The Hickory Pit Bar-B-QueAddress: 5611 Ringgold RoadPhone: 423-894-1217Hours: 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Thursday, 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday-Saturday, noon-7 p.m. SundayPrice range: $1.50 (corn dog)-$12 (large pork spareribs plate with two sides and Texas toast)

Well, now I feel silly. I've been driving right past the Hickory Pit Bar-B-Que's little log cabin restaurant in East Ridge for years and never stopped once.

The place sits in the middle of the parking lot at the Ridgewood Village shopping plaza on the north side of Ringgold Road. You'll miss it if you're not paying attention, and that would be a bad thing.

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