Mayfield: Is Larry, Darrell & Darrell BBQ a Dream Come True?
We know two things about the owner of Mayfield restaurant Larry, Darrell & Darrell BBQ: he likes smoked pig and Bob Newhart. No one can fault any man for either choice.
Signs were certainly good for Larry, Darrell & Darrell’s. Both wood and smoke were openly visible around back. Inside the store stood a large display of championship trophies. Check and check.
LD&D’s modern standalone building sets in the parking lot of a strip mall near downtown. It’s spacious and well-kept. I arrived past the lunch rush, but there were still other customers. A single waitress manned the shop, and was friendly and attentive.
I opted for the daily special of pulled pork sandwich with fries and drink. LD&D’s pork was very good, moist with a nice smoky flavor. I can see how they picked up those trophies.
The sandwich came wrapped in a foil bag, and texture of the bun indicates they were likely done up in batches for the daily special. That was probably fine during the lunch hour, but while still good, the bun wasn’t as fresh as it could have been with more individual attention.
LD&D’s sauce is also good, particularly the hot version of the sauce. That’s really almost always the case with house barbecue sauces. You’re simply going to get a lot more flavor punch when you opt for the “hot” version, which usually isn’t really hot at all. The LD&D sauce is somewhat thinner than the Memphis sauces due south, but not Alabama thin.
For Larry, Darrell & Darrell BBQ they get the most important thing right: the smoked pork. More attention paid to fresh preparation, probably not as much of an issue during peak hours, and higher quality sides would pay big dividends for them and the customer.
But still, the meat and sauce make Larry, Darrell & Darrell BBQ worth your time when you’re swinging though Mayfield. Unless you wake up and it’s all just been a dream.
Larry, Darrell & Darrell BBQ
1106 Cuba Road