Take a road trip outside of Oxford, down curvy roads or fields, and the journey might lead you to a small, Mississippi town called Waynesboro in Wayne County, population 4,903.
Two combined restaurants called Huff ‘n’ Puff Smokehouse and The Huff Sports Bar and Grill are there. The Smokehouse was built first, followed by the bar and grill. Both are owned by Tim Williams.
Williams said he opened the Smokehouse to create great local barbecue. The restaurant cooks ribs, smoked brisket, potatoes and nachos. It’s open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. except Sundays. Huff ‘n’ Puff also caters area events.
“Our meats are slow cooked and Pecan roasted,” Williams said. “We give the food a great smoky flavor for the taste.”
Ribs are considered the specialty. “I, myself, take great pride in the ribs we serve to our customers at a reasonable price,” he said. “They are cooked overnight at a constant temperature to give it the right tenderness that the customers enjoy eating.”
The Huff Sports Bar and Grill opened in 2014. It is a place for a family dinner and watching sporting events. Inside, several televisions play different games. Seating is available inside, and the outside features a deck seating area. A cornhole set is there for anyone who wants to play.
The Huff is a social center of the Waynesboro community. On Monday and Wednesday, The Huff hosts game nights called Opinionation and Trivia. The top three winners receive food gift certificates. Locals watch local football games and other sporting events.
Clara-Ruth Pitts is a bartender at The Huff. She has been working there for two years, but has lived in Waynesboro her entire life.
“I started coming to The Huff with my children to play Opionation every Monday,” she said. “It was a great way for us to bond and have a great time being with each other. . . Families and friends can play against each other competitively. Locals can sit around and have a beer while watching a game. It’s just a place for everyone to find something they enjoy.”
Alexis Hill, 20, is a student at the University of South Alabama who worked at The Huff for three years. She was born in Texas, but moved to Waynesboro as a child, graduated from Wayne County High School and Jones County Junior College, and she is studying to become a physical therapist.
“It is one of my favorite places to be with friends when I am back in town,” she said. “We are in a small town, so The Huff offers a great spot for everyone that we know here to be able to casually hang out and have a meal together.”
The menu offers a variety of food options. The main options are hamburgers, wings, steaks and pastas. Customers can also order options from the Smokehouse side.
“We strive to cook great food for people to enjoy while being with everyone,” Williams said. “Similar to my other restaurant, I take great pride in the food we cook and serve to our customers.”