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Barbacoa - new restaurant in Seattle

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Barbacoa - new restaurant in Seattle

SoonerSeattle | Dec 19, 2002 11:35 PM

Decor: fairly minimalist, but tasteful.
Cuisine: A little BBQ, a little Tex-Mex, and a little Southern comfort food.
Entree prices: $5.50 - $8 for lunch; $11 - $16 for dinner.
Bar: Wine, beer, cocktails.

My friend and I visited Barbacoa for lunch yesterday. It's located in upper Queen Anne, on the northernmost block of Queen Anne Blvd. before it turns residential.

Though they had some Tex-Mex-ish items on the lunch menu, I was completely jonesing for BBQ, and that's what we both ended up having. I had a smoked brisket sandwich that came with buttermilk-battered onion rings; my friend had a pulled-pork sandwich with spicy cole slaw.

Gotta say, it was one of the better BBQ brisket sandwiches I've had in Seattle. LOTS of tasty, tender brisket on a good onion bun and plenty of sauce with an okay kick (it could/should be a little spicier IMO, but that's just me). The onion rings are the best I've had, ever, hands down. Nice and fat, crispy, and greasy, but not too greasy. I'd go back for the onion rings alone. My friend enjoyed her pulled-pork sandwich, as well as the cole slaw. After lunch, we were pretty full, so we didn't try dessert, but the list looked pretty good.

The dinner menu sees the addition of ribs, a cut of brisket, verde enchiladas and a few other items, as well as some additional appetizer selections.

The space is relatively small; I'd estimate it to be about the size of Le Pichet. Service was friendly, but the food took a little while to make it to our table. Nothing to really complain about, as it may just be a new-restaurant wrinkle that will get ironed out.

And that's really the only caveat I can offer: Barbacoa opened on December 10. It was my first visit, so none of this information constitutes a trend, just a pretty darn good first impression. I plan to go back for dinner, soon.

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