Continuing my culinary tour of the western Cape, tonight I stopped by a newish place, Carolina BBQ Barn in Falmouth. Overall I'd say it was good, not great, and a touch overpriced, but with reasonable quantities.
The menu is mostly straight-ahead North Carolina BBQ, with a few extras thrown in (burgers, fish & chips, fried catfish, grilled pork chops). I asked the waitress for a suggestion and she pointed to the "package deals," where you get two types of bbq meat, 2 sides, and a dessert for $13-15 depending on the meats. I went with the ribs & pulled pork, baked beans, and candied yams. I was way too full for dessert so I passed.
The pulled pork was the highlight. It came finely shredded and seemed to be un-sauced, and was still very moist and delicious without any sauce required. It had a nice smoky flavor to it with a little sweetness, probably from the rub.
The ribs were cooked nicely and the meat came cleanly off the bone, but they came with the sauce already on them, and outside of the sauce they were very bland - as if the meat hadn't been rubbed. The meat was really tender, though, so I still ate them all. I got maybe a third of a rack, plus maybe a cup's worth of pulled pork.
The baked beans were quite good - brown sugary, the way I like 'em. The candied yams were unremarkable.
They had run out of a couple of desserts by the time I got there, but the menu includes apple & peach cobblers, bread pudding, banana pudding, and something called "fried pies with ice cream."
My one other criticism of the place was the single-sauce philosophy. There was one small squirt bottle of sauce on the table - no hot vs mild, no North vs South Carolina. Just one bottle of mild, highly vinegary sauce, which is probably my least favorite kind.
Total for this meal including tax & 20% tip was $19.50. I left the restaurant about 2.5 hours ago and am still totally full.
I'd go again since I'm going to Falmouth regularly, but I don't know that I'd make a special trip just to eat there.
100 Davis Straits
508 540 1915
open 11 am daily; closed at 10 pm tonight, not sure about other nights
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