I learned years ago that there are many ways to prepare BBQ, ranging from the fantastic sliced brisket in Texas where I grew, the equally fantastic Kentucky pulled pork and mutton, the excellent wet or dry rub BBQ in Memphis, to so many excellent barbecues around the U.S. One thing that is common to all barbecue is flavorful, reasonably tender meats and this is where Jay's has a major problem. I have eaten at Jay's so many times over the years, each time hoping I have been wrong and that it will taste better -- then, I want to kick myself for giving them another try. Unfortunately, Jay's barbecue is closer to a poor quality roast beef that any good barbecue I've every had. Their hamburgers and plate lunches are also of mediocre quality at best. The people at Jay's are nice and their beans/potato salad/etc. are okay although their iced tea tastes like it came from a mix. The restaurant interior is tired and boring, although I really don't care about that as long as it is clean and Jay's is clean. There are several other good to very good barbecue restaurants in Baton Rouge (none are excellent in quality/flavor). The previous reviewer really liked the BBQ poboy they got at Jay's and I can only assume that the bread, good sauce, and other sandwich makings masked the poor quality and flavor of the BBQ meat in that poboy. Of course, some folks must like Jay's ok or they wouldn't stay in business. There too many other good to excellent restaurants in Baton Rouge to waste your time, money, and taste buds on Jay's.
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