First of all, there is parking available behind the restaurant, which is a major plus for any place in the 12South neighborhood. Spots are available on the street in front of Edley's, and also if you turn down Halcyon there is a sign pointing to another lot. While this may seem like a superficial detail, it's enough to make or break a restaurant near the urban core. Until they are fully staffed up in the next month or so, Edley's plans to be closed on Tuesdays so they can serve the neighborhood on Sundays.
The space has been developed into a really attractive dining area, with exposed barnwood rafters, a comfortable eight-seat bar and a huge deck that should be a very popular spot come next spring. Diners order at the counter that adjoins the open kitchen, and then servers bring your food to the table. Even with a fairly busy lunch rush the day we visited less than a week after opening, service was, fast, efficient and friendly. Drinks are serve yourself with free refills, unless you're drinking from the bar, of course. We weren't certain whether you are supposed to bus your own table since a server came by to take half the baskets off of our table and then never returned. We appreciated the effort but were sorta confused by the procedure.
A mix of booths and tables seat around 50 to 60 patrons inside, with high-def big screens hanging in each corner of the room. (Yes, this is one of those places that TV haters will hate.) Almost every table was snacking on at least one appetizer, which is understandable because they were very good. Crispy fried pickles rivaled my previous favorite from the Sportsman's Grille, and BBQ Nachos were inventively plated on top of house-made potato chips instead of the expected tortilla chips.
The pulled-pork sandwich needed just a touch more sauce to moisten it up a little, but that was easily reparable. The buns for all the sandwiches did not appear to be store-bought and were a very nice addition. Ribs are available for dinner only, so I can't speak to their quality yet, but if you get some before I do holla back atcha blog. Another friend did try Edley's pulled rib sandwich, a special which is rarely spotted on local menus, and proclaimed it to be outstanding. I'll be stalking their Facebook and Twitter feed looking for that special to cycle around again.
I was lucky enough to get to try the "Tuck's Special," a brisket sandwich topped with two pickles, house-made pimento cheese and a poached egg. Because, as we all know, everything's better with a poached egg on it. Brisket normally isn't my favorite meat to smoke. Good brisket is hard to find, and bad brisket will make you want to go home in the middle of the day to brush your teeth. Edley's brisket was quite respectable, and the creamy egg and tangy pimento cheese were great complements.
Side dishes were for the most part solid, with a mixed pinto and navy bean dish being he favorite of our table. I've heard good things about the potato salad too, so that will have to be on my next platter from Edley's. Despite the fact that I've eaten way too much food since Thanksgiving week started, I can guarantee it won't be too long until I enjoy that next platter. As always, share your insights in the comments.