By Jessica Creagan
SEBASTIAN -- Whether you are hosting a large gathering, need some hearty food in a hurry, or have time to relax at the restaurant with friends and family, Woody's Bar-B-Q has the meal to fit your need.
A step inside the restaurant fills the senses with the rich aroma of slow-cooked and smoked meats mingled with the heady scent of tangy, sweet and spicy sauces. Customers can be certain that a mouth-watering dish is just an order away.
The Woody's in Sebastian has been providing delicious hot BBQ meals to customers for 12 years and in 2012, Woody's earned the Hometown News Reader's Choice award for best BBQ in Sebastian.
Dave McCauley, owner of the restaurant, said the formula to a successful and popular restaurant involves two ingredients: great food and great staff.
"It's the quality of the food and the people, it's as simple as that," Mr. McCauley said.
Staffing levels have very little turnover, which means the servers at Woody's have plenty of experience, build rapport with regular customers and can suggest meals to newbies with no problems, Mr. McCauley said.
The pork plate and the pork sandwich are some of the most popular items on the menu, and for good reason. The lunch size plate portion, which is served until 3 p.m., provides a well-rounded dish with a helping of pulled pork, garlic toast and a choice of two sides.
With more than a dozen side options, including creamy cole slaw, sweet potato fries and fried okra, visits to Woody's for pulled pork never have to be the same.
One of Mr. McCauley's favorite meals is the Texas beef brisket.
"It's always so moist and tender," he said.
Tom and Kathy Monaghan of Sebastian enjoy stopping in at Woody's for a bite to eat, even when they aren't craving BBQ.
"The pork sandwich is always good, but it's all good. The chicken is good, even the southwest salad," Mr. Monaghan said.
About five years ago, Mr. McCauley expanded the restaurant and added a bar section, which is enjoyed by many customers throughout the day.
The bar stays open during business hours, and does not have extended hours, so the feel of the restaurant is still very family-friendly, Mr. McCauley said.
Store hours are 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. during the week, and until 9:30 p.m. on the weekends.
Woody's Bar-B-Q is located at 13600 U.S. 1, Sebastian. For more information, call (772) 581-5767 or visit www.woodys.com.