I thought a barbecue place rated #10 out of over 700 rated restaurants in a town of more than 400,000 people would be a good bet. I was quite wrong.
Ambience-Harsh, Neon-type lighting, plastic knives and forks, non-descript rock music loud enough to interrupt conversation. The place didn't look dirty but had an unkempt feel about it.
Food-We all ordered brisket, which was shredded like pulled pork. It was served at room temperature, so the sauce had congealed and the beef and sauce was sort of a blob. We had sides of corn on the cob ($2.10 for a small half cob) which had been sitting around the heat too long. Also soggy was the cole slaw, which I saw served-when the cook lifted a portion out of the container, a lot of liquid ran down and he held the slaw a long time to let the liquid run off.
While the food didn't taste bad, it did not rise above mediocre, more like you find at a school cafeteria. It was not cheap either-$12.50 for a pile of brisket with 2 sides and some bread. The brisket sandwich came with no sides and was just under $6. This is expensive for steam table quality.
It is hard for me to understand the high rating for this place, and the rating makes me wonder how it varies so wildly from our experience.
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