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[PDX] Gimme some ribs...Yam Yams vs Campbell's...

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[PDX] Gimme some ribs...Yam Yams vs Campbell's...

Nick | Jun 2, 2003 02:50 AM

One good thing about trying this Atkin's Diet: ribs are fine. Went to Campbell's on Saturday (were out of beef ribs and brisket, but fine with me since I'm a pork ribs person when it comes to bbq) and Yam Yam's on Sunday (looked like they were set up primarily for buffet, don't know how they normally have them waiting.

Both are better than Buster's by a meaningful degree, imo. More tender, more tasty. But I think the nod goes to Yam Yam's on the ribs. They were much more tender and juicy. They had less of a smoke flavor but still had the pink ring. Both serve spare ribs, which I think is fine, too. Baby back ribs are over-rated. I think the sauce is better at Yam Yam's also, even though I could only take tastes of it at both places (damn Atkin's). Too ketchupy tasting at Campbell's.

Sides are secondary to me at bbq places, but I tasted everything my wife and I got even though they wern't on my diet. Potato salads at both places were decent, but nothing special. At least they weren't all mayonaisey like at delis. Campbell's has a sweet pickle flavor. Yam Yam's is more normal with a bit of bell pepper flavor. Corn bread at Campbell's was decent and they provide real butter and honey for it. Yams at yam yam's were quite tasty, like eating the insides of a sweet potato pie or something. Maybe a little mushy. Speaking of sweet potato pie, Campbell's has an excellent one.

Prices are comparable for the two, just over $10 for the basic order of two sides and several ribs. I think you get a little more food at Campbell's. Campbell's is probably a slightly nicer place, too.

But I go for the ribs. And I would definitely choose Yam Yam's over Campbell's. Yam Yam's had their ribs sitting cut up under heat lamps and they were still better than Campbell's.

I don't think either compare to good Texas places. I'm going to Dallas Wed-Sun, though, and I'll have these two fresh in my mind when I go.

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