Wednesday, April 21, 2004

Du-Roc popular with BBQ lovers and others

For over ten years, residents of Fayette County looking for good barbecue have found themselves at Du-Roc Cafe. With an extensive menu of sandwiches and combo plates, it is easy to see why everyone can find something they love at this restaurant, even if you are not a fan of barbecue.

Owner Gregg Adcock says his favorite menu item is the pork-stuffed baked potato. “It’s huge. It is the largest potato you’ve ever seen,” Adcock said of the Idaho spud that is split, buttered, and packed with your choice of beef or pork barbecue, then topped with sauce, sour cream and cheese. The pork-stuffed potato is $5.49, and the beef version is $5.99.

Along with the potatoes, Du-Roc offers pork or beef barbecue sandwiches, starting at $3.49, along with hamburgers, gilled chicken and catfish plates. Plates come with coleslaw and french fries, and start at $5.59.

For those who just can’t get enough barbecue, the barbecue combo plate should satisfy. The combo comes with either pork or beef barbecue, and ribs, chicken, Brunswick stew, coleslaw and cornbread with a variety of sauces to choose from. This feast is $16.99.

“We have the best barbecue around. Our smoking process enhances the delicious taste and creates a reddish color in our pork, beef, ribs, & chicken. We also have exceptional coleslaw and Brunswick stew,” Adcock said. He suggests finishing the meal with a slice of Granny’s peach cobbler, a menu favorite among Du-Roc customers.

At Du-Roc, the barbecue is so good, customers can smell it from the street, which is exactly how Carol, a Stockbridge native in Fayette County on business, found herself at the restaurant.

“It is fabulous,” this first-time customer said. “It is hard to find good barbecue, but I loved this, and the service was a treat, as well. The barbecue pork plate was delicious, the cole slaw was excellent, and the Brunswick stew was the best I’ve ever had.”

Du-Roc features a banquet room accomodating up to 80 people, and the restaurant also caters for a variety of events.

“No event is too big or too small,” Adcock said. “We offer everything from turnkey catering to drop off delivery.”

Du-Roc was built by Gregg Adcock and his two brothers from the ground up. They went to a local barbecue restaurant in their hometown of Griffin every week and eventually decided to build their own. They decided on the name Du-Roc, which means “red hog.” The family feeling comes out in the restaurant’s decor, as everywhere you look you can see a piece of Adcock’s family history, like the saw used for cutting the lumber for his grandfather’s house or the vintage signs displayed on the walls. The oldest collectible, still in use, is a pre-Civil War pig iron door stop.

Gregg Adcock isn’t the only one in his family with a restaurant, either. His wife Cynthia loved the restaurant business so much, she has opened a place of her own, Cindy’s Southern Cafe, in Peachtree City.

Du-Roc Cafe is at 115 Marquis Drive, off Ga. Highway 54 in Fayetteville, just beyond the Fayette Medical Clinic. Hours are 11 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call 770-719-1744 for more information.