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Good and Looney's BarBQue in Sparks

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Good and Looney's BarBQue in Sparks

janet of reno | Jun 11, 2006 12:41 PM

(Its named after the owners. What can I say?). Our office tradition is to buy takeout for the employees on Saturday, since we all work through lunch. Now admittedly we are practically next door to BJs, but we have a rule that we never get Saturday lunch from them (because BJ's owners are our customers, and refuse to ever charge us...and we don't want to take advantage of their friendship by freeloading a large lunch...). Since we were craving BarBQue yesterday, someone suggested trying this new place in the Marina. First strike: there were no ribs. Apparently they weren't finished cooking....they prepare them in time for dinner. In fact, the place is really geared more for a dinner crowd. The only lunch items on the menu are sandwhiches and burgers; if you want BarBQue you have to pay for dinner-sized portions. This made lunch an expensive proposition ($60 for four, not including tip...). I ordered the BarBqued Chicken intead, others got the brisket sandwhich, pulled pork, and shrimp. Chicken itself was delicious...moist and with a good rub. Sauces were forgettable: all too sweet and not enough tang. It came with ok cornbread, good coleslaw (tangy and not too much mayonaise), and unusual corn. I haven't decided if I liked the corn or not; it was served in a cream sauce that probably had a million calories. Too rich, but tasty. The pulled pork was also good, as were the shrimp, although there were only four or five of them, a ripoff at dinner prices, IMO. The brisket sandwhich was another story: it came covered with melted gooey American-style cheese. YUK!!! We also ordered onion rings: tasty and homemade, but too greasy. And fries: ditto. All in all, I prefer BJs, although the marina location of Good and Looney's is pleasant. I will withhold final judgement until I have a chance to try the ribs.

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