by Brandon Fox
It’s just another opening night again for Josh and Jessica Bufford. Talley’s Meat and Three at 7021 Three Chopt Road is prepped and ready for dinner when it opens its doors at 5 p.m. “The staff started at 5 a.m. smoking the brisket for tonight,” says Josh Bufford. That would be Cheerwine smoked brisket, folks.
In contrast to the pan-South American cuisine served at the Buffords’ former restaurant in the space, Estilo, the menu at Talley’s will feature familiar comfort fare. You’ll find rotisserie chicken, slow-roasted pork and hamburger steak, plus deviled eggs, a pimento cheese ball and cornbread among the choices. The most interesting thing on the menu? This statement: “Add bacon to anything, $1.”
A soft opening on Saturday night gave the staff and the Buffords a chance to see what worked and what didn’t. They spent the following days working the kinks out.
Asked if he were nervous about tonight, Bufford said no. “It’s simple food for everyday,” he says. “I’ve been eating this food for 37 years.”