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“'que in A2”
Review of Westside Barbecue

Westside Barbecue
Ranked #125 of 645 Restaurants in Ann Arbor
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Reviewed June 6, 2017

There is a small woodpile out back. Good sign. Inside, well, there is a counter, and one communal table with perhaps eight stools. Picnic tables in front of the building. All the ambiance of a Costco food court. This is not where you want to take your true love when you are ready to pop the question.

Menu selections, rightly, are few. Brisket, pulled pork, chicken, ribs, and sometimes fish and lamb chops. Usual sides. My brisket sandwich with a wee little side dollop of slaw was about fifteen bucks. That is high dollar for something you eat with your hands and a spork. However, the amount of meat was significant, thus explaining to some extent the charge. Some of the beef was a bit fatty, and there were no burnt ends, but it was tasty enough. The sauce was middle of the road good. Alas, the slaw was meh.

It is, I think, a work in progress, with great potential. For research purposes I will return to try other menu choices.

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Thank Brookie69
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Reviewed March 25, 2017 via mobile

This was a very pleasant surprise
I was told the place is new about seven months old
Been from Chicago and traveling over the south I am fussy about my barbecue this was as good as anybody's anywhere
Forget about ambience there isn't any and that's fine the food is great
There is only one oversize community style table in the restaurant does mainly carry out
I had two meals there one ribs and one brisket both were great
Eat there you won't be sorry

Thank Bruce3134
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

Nice selection of pulled pork, beef brisket and even smoked lamb chops on Sunday. Open most days or until food runs out (and it does often). Well done!

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Reviewed October 20, 2016

I had the pork shoulder sandwich. I was a little concerned about the price, until I saw the size of the "sandwich." It was more than a meal size portion of meat, with the bun as a suggestion. The pork was delicious. It came with slaw that was also good. I got it to go, and one container of sauce was not enough for all that bbq. Normally I prefer a vinegar or mustard based bbq sauce, but the Westside sauce is very good.

I will definitely go back.

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Thank Jaimie B
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Reviewed October 17, 2016

No, I didn't leave the Y off in the title. The simplicity of this place is what makes it so good. They focus on the meat, and on doing it right. 16 hours in the two massive smokers out back, fed from the pile of cheery wood logs stacked nearby, then pulled into chunks for your enjoyment. Both the pork and the brisket were perfect. There is only one sauce (that we saw) and it was a mild, sweet sauce. So if your tastes run to the spicier side, might need to bring a bottle of heat with you. The sides were simple and limited, but very fresh and tasty. The Cheesy potatoes were lightly decadent and flavorful. The coleslaw was fresh and in more of a vinaigrette sauce than a cream sauce. Never had it like that before but by the end of my compartment full, I was convinced that was actually how coleslaw should be. Seems like the menu changes around daily so your options may vary. However, guessing the key part, the meat is solid regardless of what you get with it. Everything seemed to be done with a locally sourced approach as well. There are a few picnic tables out front and a single large table inside that had maybe a dozen chairs around it. Parking is right around the building by the train tracks. The Ann Arbor BBQ scene just got more competitive. Do yourself a favor and give this place a try.

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Thank sheckyboy
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