Restaurants & Bars 12

Harborque

JonParker | May 30, 2009 01:20 PM

Courtney and I went to this new BBQ joint in Riverside just off Key Highway this afternoon, despite what might be the worst name in the history of restaurants.

Overall verdict: not bad. We both went for the pulled pork sandwich. Despite any evidence of wood smoked flavor, it was tender, not overly fatty, and came with a not quite tangy enough Carolina sauce. The overstuffed (I hate that term) sandwich with two sides was $7.95. It didn't rank with my favorite version of this at Andy Nelson's, but it's also within walking distance of my house. I had mine with some ok mac anc cheese and some pretty good baked beans. Courtney had hers with a quartered dill pickle and hush puppies. The hush puppies weren't bad despite being frozen. We tried both the Carolina BBQ sauce, which again didn't have quite the tang I like, and the spicy sauce, which frankly wasn't.

One thing they need to work on is their pricing. While their meals are fair deals, while we were there a guy was picking a up a bunch of BBQ to go. He asked for rolls, and was told that they were $1 each. That meant $40 for five bags of rolls. He wisely said no thanks to that, but someone should have realized how ridiculous that was and given him a reasonable price for them. Hopefully they'll correct that soon.

Plenty of outdoor seating with a nice canopy overhead, although people were waiting for tables when we left. They're new in the neighborhood and there were a fair amount of people checking it out.

I'd give the place a B. It's nice to have it as an option down here on the peninsula. If you live in SoBo and want BBQ, it's a perfectly acceptable way to scratch that itch. Nothing really wowed me, but I left contented and stuffed.

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