This was our first visit to this chain restaurant. We're Southern east coast residents visiting family in CA, and went here for lunch while dropping off our niece at Cal State Fullerton. The food was good and plentiful. There were 5 in our group. We were seated immediately mid-afternoon on Saturday. Advertising as a "Southern" BBQ restaurant, they had sweet tea (sweetened with simply syrup, not plain ol' sugar in cold tea!) which can be difficult to find on the west coast. I like sweetened, but not really sweet, so asked for "half and half". It was very good. My husband and I ordered the 7-oz. sliced beef brisket, which was cooked very well but not quite tender enough to warrant a "5 star" rating. The taste was nice and smoky, but not too heavily so. It is served with a light-style sauce sort of like au jus -- perfect and didn't overpower the taste of the meat. There are also 3 different BBQ sauces available on the table, but I didn't use any because the meat flavor was good without adding a heavier BBQ sauce. I selected the creamy coleslaw and potato salad as sides, and we shared an order of fried green tomatoes. Didn't care for the breading on the tomatoes -- too thick and a little heavy -- but the roasted red pepper sauce served with them was a nice touch. The coleslaw was delicious, and the potato salad was very good. My husband selected the cornbread and baked beans as sides, and said both were good. The beans were served in a small crock on the plate, so didn't flow into the other items. Nice touch. The in-laws shared the 3-meat platter with chicken, ribs and pulled pork, coleslaw and garlic mashed potatoes. It was plenty of food for the two of them to be thoroughly filled, but would have been "way too much" for one person. This happens to be their favorite meal at the restaurant. Our niece had a pulled pork sandwich with fries. It was very large, and she took half with her for later. The servers here work as a team, so you'll have different ones stopping by. All were very pleasant and attentive. They also serve a nice pre-meal basket of biscuits, and whipped butter flavored with apple (and maybe a touch of cinnamon?) This was really good but very filling, so be advised to eat lightly if you want to have room for your meal. Being from the South and very familiar with most styles of BBQ, this was as good as any we've had around home other than the slightly-less tenderness of the beef brisket. We'd definitely stop in again and recommend others do as well -- just be sure you're very hungry or ask for a "to go" box for leftovers! They have a nice dessert menu, but we had no room to try it. They also serve a variety of specialty teas and lemonades, soft drinks, beer, etc. Our niece had watermelon tea -- a glass of tea with a wedge of melon served in it -- which she really liked. I personally felt the prices were a little on the high side, but that is compared to east coast prices which seem to be a bit more reasonable. I personally think the meals would be too large for children under about 9 or 10, and possibly a waste of money unless parents took the remainder home for later.
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