We were in the area yesterday so I thought we’d try the newly opened BBQ King. We arrived at 12:30 and the place was empty. The waitress was sitting on the patio when we arrived.
When we walked in the TV had the Lakers game on and it was pretty loud, so we sat at one of the farther in booths. Also (I presume the owners) children were coloring at one of the tables and yelling (probably due to the high volume of the TV).
I like the Lakers, but the high volume became so annoying with the announcers, the crowd cheering, the penalty horn, etc. (and no one was watching it).
The hostess came over right away and gave us menus. Then we sat. I don’t know how long since the place was empty I expected pretty fast service. It was 5-7 minutes before the waitress came, I don’t know why it took so long since we were the only ones in the place!
When she finally did come I asked her if she could turn down the TV as we were getting headaches! She obliged and immediately the mood changed! The waitress was astute enough to realize the noise level was not comfortable, and after a little while she talked the kids into going into the office to play, which also really helped a lot.
I ordered the lunch sampler plate (Beef rib, tri tip, hot link, chicken). My wife wasn’t too hungry so she ordered a side salad and BBQ baked beans. I also ordered mac and cheese as one of my sides for her (they were out of cole slaw!!).
The food came and immediately you could smell the smoke! It sure smelled good. First, I ate the chicken, which was really good. It wasn’t crispy at all since it was smoked, but when I smoke chicken at home I put it on a hot grill for a few moments to give the skin a little crunchiness.
The hot link was also very good. I need to mention here that I really liked their BBQ sauce. Great flavor that went well with the meats. Unfortunately they were out of the spicy sauce, which I would have liked to try.
Unfortunately the tri tip was completed over cooked, tough and dry; I couldn’t eat it. The beef rib, while it had good flavor, was also very tough and chewy. I liked it but would have liked it more if it was a little less dry and a little more tender.
My wife said the salad was pretty bad an used my bbq sauce instead of the dressing which she said was horrible. She really liked the beans and mac though.
All in all, not great but there were some redeeming factors, enough so I will go back and give it another try. I don’t know, but I think that the beef rib and tri tip were left over from the day before as they were not fresh at all.
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