Party Plate

In 1991, the 1950s were born again in Shyler’s BBQ and Wood Fired Grill thanks to owners L.B. and Marla Simmons’ penchant for Elvis memorabilia. Photos and posters of the “King of Rock” adorn nearly every wall of the 20-year-old family restaurant on Green River Road, but it’s the smiling cartoon hog on the restaurant’s sign that is synonymous with the Memphis-style barbecue joint.

Inside, a preteen couple sat a booth away from me, and a much larger table housed an extended family supporting a young boy’s tee-ball game. From dates to celebrations, this is an every-occasion place.

The menu is just as inclusive, reaching beyond barbecue. One example is the fiesta chicken ($8.95), and it proves to taste as festive as its namesake. Cheddar jack cheese is melted atop a marinated grilled chicken breast cooked over hickory wood, and placed on a helping of sautéed peppers and onions. The buttered role proved a worthy companion, as it does for every meal served in the homey restaurant.

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