"Best Barbecue in America"
Owned by Mike Wilson, a North Carolina-born, Johnson & Wales trained chef who staffed the test kitchen for Cooking Light magazine. He began smoking meat and crafting sauces as a hobby and opened Saw’s (an acronym for “Sorry Ass Wilson”) in the former Broadway BBQ location in May 2009.
In 2012, Wilson partnered with Brandon Cain to open a second location of Saw’s, called SAW’s Soul Kitchen, opened in the former Quick & Split Cafe at 215 41st Street South in Avondale. Later that same year, Wilson and Doug Smith partnered with Taylor Hicks to open a third location, known as SAW’s Juke Joint, in Crestline Park. In 2018, Michael Brandon opened SAW’s BBQ — Southside at the former home of Fat Sam’s Sub Station.