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Sweet Southern Smoke BBQ

Tim Thomas learned to cook BBQ from his father growing up in Florida, and his mother and grandmother taught him the rest. Those lessons have given way to some of the best BBQ side dishes this side of the Mississippi, all served up with smoky, fall-off-the-bone meat mains, from pulled pork to brisket. Thomas opened Sweet Southern Smoke BBQ in Sabraton last fall after several successful pop- up cooking events convinced him he could make a go of it. This year he earned his first win in the BOM hall of fame, and he was more than a little surprised by the results. “We’re just new, and I didn’t realize

BEST WINGS Mario’s Fishbowl Morgantown is a wing-loving place, and the BOM Best Wings category inspires tough competition. Mario’s Fishbowl has swept the hotly contested category four times in a row. So what’s the secret? “The secret is—a secret,” co-owner Kim Zwiebaum says. “It’s really about high-quality products made with tried-and-true sauce recipes and consistency that our customers have come to expect.” 701 Richwood Avenue, 304.292.2511, @mariosfishbowl on FB; 3117 University Avenue, 304.599.4309, @fishbowlsuncrest on FB; 688 Fairmont Road, 304.212.5378, @mariosfishbowlwestover on FB

people were going to appreciate us already and vote for us,” he says. “It’s really special.” Catch Thomas’ BBQ at his Sabraton location now, and, soon, from a second location on Green Bag Road. 1616 Earl Core Road, 304.381.4479, @sweetsouthernsmoke on FB


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