These kids today—they just don’t want to take over the family restaurant. But we’re ever so grateful that Bill Dickerson’s offspring are the exception to the rule. Bill opened Goodies back in 1986, and his son Anthony has been running the latest iteration on Hamilton Avenue for the last two years. Anthony runs Goodies as a classic Midwest rib joint, serving up as much crispy deep-fried fish and tender smoked chicken as he does pork, alongside flame-smooched burgers, grilled metts, and smoked beef brisket.
The secret is, of course, the sauce. It has to be flexible—not too sweet, not too spicy—and it must up-cycle whatever you splash it on (except maybe the fish). Both Kansas City and Detroit claim to have originated this style of sauce, but Goodies has their own version that you can buy by the bottle.
If you’re handling a game-day crowd, a couple slabs of ribs and a large order of Buffalo wings will make it hard to get up from the couch. If you’re feeding the family, get a whole barbecue chicken, a few large sides, and everyone’s happy.
Naturally, the full armada of sides props up the Goodies menu, too: heavenly, mouth-melting greens, real mashed potatoes, crisp fries (try ’em in the sauce), even okra. But the crowning glory is a scoop of the creamiest, cheesiest mac-and-cheese that you’ve ever forked. Deliciously basic, it has those cheffy gourmet mac-and-cheese upstarts whimpering in defeat.
Goodies, 7440 Hamilton Ave., Mt. Healthy, (513) 264-1631, goodiesbarbeque.com. Lunch and dinner Mon–Sat.