Restaurant Review: Clearview Barbecue in Columbus GA


Kelby Hutchison

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I’m Kelby Hutchison, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer’s newest reporter. I’m from Dothan, Alabama, and I’m thrilled to live in the Chattahoochee Valley. I’m also a big foodie and make it my mission to try all the BBQ restaurants in and around Columbus.

But I wanted to start with a place that has a special place in my heart: Clearview BBQ.

My family sometimes took vacations to Callaway Gardens to see the Christmas lights in the winter or took summer trips to Aqua Island.

My parents would pack my dad’s old Isuzu Rodeo with luggage, sports gear, and four kids who were always hungry. We would almost always make a pit stop at Clearview in Columbus for the 99 cent BBQ sandwiches.

Twenty sandwiches and my sister’s requested “Q-tater” later, we’d be on the road.

That was 10 years ago, and nothing is $1 anymore, even at McDonald’s. But my piece of childhood nostalgia is still going strong. A BBQ sandwich at Clearview now costs $1.59.

My order is, and probably always will be, three regular chipped BBQ sandwiches, pickles, no coleslaw, with a medium mustard-based golden goodness on each sandwich. I finish the order with a regular sweet tea that never fails to take the “sweet” part seriously.

My order never exceeds $8. As a recent college graduate, I always relish when I hear the words free, find change between the seat cushions, and can be refilled with a meal for less than $10.

The fluffy barbecue is placed on a golden burger bun, drizzled with the sauce of your choice, topped with pickles and coleslaw, and pressed into a hot, delicious sandwich that I always have at least once a week, usually the college football Saturday.

I usually eat there because the restaurant reminds me of a rustic log cabin and makes me feel like I just finished milking the cows.

However, the one thing I can always say is that Clearview BBQ holds a special place in my heart, stomach, and wallet. If you want to try Clearview, be aware that they only accept cash or checks and do not accept cards.

Editor’s note: Ledger-Enquirer news reporter Kelby Hutchison is our foodie and occasionally writes reviews of local restaurants. If you have a suggestion, email him at [email protected]

This story was originally published October 10, 2022 8:30 a.m.

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