Neely’s May Be an Institution, But Not a Fav

1 starNeely’s Barbecue Restaurant in Marshall seemingly has everything going for it.

It’s been around for 91 years.

It’s been written up in Texas Monthly.

Neely’s legion of devoted fans is thick on the ground in these parts.

You would think Neely’s would be a can’t-miss dining experience.

Somehow, Neely’s signature sandwich – the Brown Pig – missed with us.

PAGE 4 Brown PigThe Pig is a smoked pork sandwich smothered in sauce and topped with lettuce. While the bun was good and the meat was edible, the flavor combination of lettuce and barbecue just did not work for us.

Neely’s also offers more traditional barbecue fare like brisket sandwiches, pork sandwiches, hot link sausage sandwiches and combinations. But after our Brown Pig experience we have not returned to sample the rest of the menu.

We are certain those of you who were weaned off your mother’s milk with a Brown Pig in one hand and a Coke in the other will disagree. Feel free to enjoy all the Brown Pigs you desire without any competition or condemnation from us.

“It’s just not our style,” as Casey once said. If you remember the poem, you might take solace from the knowledge Mighty Casey struck out.

One item on the Neely’s menu that we did find pleasing was the pie. We had coconut cream pie with meringue piled high on top.

Neely’s Barbecue Restaurant is located at 1404 Broadway in Marshall and is open from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. on weekdays and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.

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