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

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Gerard | | Oct 20, 2006 04:07 AM

Having been disappointed on my first visit...

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...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.

http://www.looneysbbq.com/index.htm

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.

G

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