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The Ribs at Looney's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que


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The Ribs at Looney's Smokehouse Bar-B-Que

Gerard | | Oct 20, 2006 04:07 AM

Having been disappointed on my first visit...

...I decided to give the place another shot, particularly as the first time around they weren't serving ribs, which are in my estimation the raison d'etre of barbecue.

So I got a half-rack of pork spare ribs.

The short review: not too bad, a mild case of redemption

The long review:

For nine and change I got a half-rack of spare ribs, which in this case meant five big meaty ribs, and two sides.

The presentation was surprisingly pretty. I actually found the splash of green garnish across the ribs a little alarming when they arrived, because, um, barbecue shouldn't be pretty.

My biggest complaint was that the ribs had a pronounced taste of char. A little char is part of the Q-master's palette, but this muted the flavor underneath.

To the degree that the char could be ignored, the flavor of the ribs was good, though I suspect smoke-lovers (and I am one) might be disappointed with the feeble smokiness of these.

I feel like I'm emphasizing the bad, when there's a lot good to say about the ribs. 1) I enjoyed the "spicy" sauce (which is not spicy); 2) the texture fell in the golden mean; 3) even a half-rack here is a HUGE portion.

Oh, the corn bread sucked. The fries--skin-on variety--were very, very good.

A few more pluses about the place: 1) the staff are very friendly; 2) the place is very well set up for watching sports; 3) according to the website it's open till 2 AM every day.

As it is, it makes a great place for watching sports with relatively good chow. As a ribs destination, I'm reserving judgment for another visit.



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