Barbecue Restaurant, Joint, or Dive?

In the upside-down world of barbecue, many think the food is better if it's served in a joint or dive. Here's a handy field guide of definitions.

Restaurant: Matching furniture, taped music, printed menus. Accepts credit cards. Member of the chamber of commerce.

Joint: Screened door, jukebox, beer, chalkboard menu. The cook is nicknamed Bubba. Cash only.

Dive: Torn screened door, tattoos, beer, whiskey, flies. No menu. The cook's real name is Bubba, and she has a prison record. You don't tell your mama you go there.

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