Well, I will be back.
There were many good signs about LT's, starting with the post on this board, sort of vague, so I went exploring. Found their web site, linked below. Called and got an answering machine which did not mention anything about the place. Emailed, no answer for 2 days, then a short note - "open from 4pm Thursday thru Saturday, sorry about the hours, please stop by." Anti-marketing had me hooked, plus those hours are the hours of a serious barbecue place (note: no closing time was mentioned).
Called on Friday towards the end of the work day and got the answering machine again, but by now it was a mission. Tried again, and got Larry Thomas himself. Only tips on offer, asked for 2 orders and off I go.
Larry has been around doing this for 20 years on the west side of Aurora, so I do not know how I had never heard of him before. Does pig roasts, barbecue, and fries up fish. The place is a little building shoehorned into a lot next to a gas station, handpainted LT on the side. Inside is a small counter, some homey decor (rugs, fishing pictures, Mississippi license plate, etc.) and the kitchen in back. That night Larry was a solo act so we did not talk as much as I would have liked (and he insisted on calling me Mr. Dickson), but there was a steady trickle of customers while I waited. I need to try catfish and hot links next time, they told me.
The barbecue is really pit roasted in a big pit out back, where Larry also roasts pig in the summer, though most of his pig roasts are on location, he said. He uses charcoal in the pit, with hickory wood for seasoning. It was dark, so I was not able to go and inspect the pit. The slow roasted meat is tender and pretty flavorful, though with minimal smoke flavor. Sauce is good - a Mississippi-style, vinegary and peppery tomato-based sauce, not too gloppy or sweet - very close to my ideal. Sides of fries (big and fat) and white bread were not noteworthy. Cole slaw was good and tangy. Larry is good with seasoning, IMO, or at least is working a groove that makes my tastebuds smile.
Carry out only. I will be back and am working on some good reason to have Larry roast a pig for me... Call first to find out what Larry has and let him know you are coming.
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