When you are with 9 other Southerners in a California restaurant that offers Southern cooking, it may not seem like a level playing field. Indeed we did find a couple of small things that were not "just like home", but overall this restaurant was very good. What surprised us all was that this was not a typical BBQ place at all, but an elegant and comfortable environment where we could get very good Southern food.
The portions were more than ample and the food quality and variety were excellent. Our beef brisket was not quite as tender as the best we have had, but very good nonethless. Great fresh vegetables. Others had good pulled pork, salads and ribs. I didn't hear any big complaints about anything, including the cocktails. And our mud pie was probably the best we have had--not too heavy.
They were a little slow clearing dirty dishes--some cleared, some not for too long--and the server seemed to forget that one of his roles is to sell the full offering from the restaurant, including dessert (We had to ask to see menus.)
Overall this is a great place to dine in an upscale environment on food usually served in a more downscale location.
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