after Brisket's review of RUB earlier this week i was thinking i should wait a month or so before i give this place a try - i was in the area yesterday at lunch time - i figured what the heck.....i should've waited !! Brisket's right - , they need to work out the kinks...and then some.
This is an outpost to a ny establishment - rub stands for "righteous urban barbeque...something like that - i might be wrong, but i think the ny place was on a show called "opening soon" ...on the fine living channel - basically chronicles the process of opening a restaurant...anyways - this place is located in the rio hotel/casino - upper level in the masquerade village - nice sized space...at the entrance is a chopper designed by the oc chopper guys - instead of a side car it has a side bbq smoker...kinda cool looking ...curious what they had to fork over to build it and how much my bill is "taxed" to cover the cost !
the server came up...not much enthusiasm...took drink order....didn't mention any specials...no spiel about how many hours the meats are smoked, kind of wood...blah blah blah...the servers had cutsy shirts that said things like "nice rack" the best rack you'll ever had" that kinda shit
anyways...my SO is not into bbq but she settled for an appetizer of bbq shrimp and some corn bread. i am a 'q man ...no expert by any stretch but i've been to my fair share of places in lv and so cal, az, tx, okla. illinois.. orleans.. kansas city...but i still need some southern nc/ memphis/etc 'q experiences...i ordered the 3 meat combo - 2 sides...$24 r so...before i can make my meat selections - server advised that they were out of sausage, pastrami, ribs, hmmm something else...oh yeah - after i ordered the pulled pork, brisket and smoked turkey, she infomred me that the turkey was also toast...now understand...it's 12:30...the place is maybe 1/4 full of people...it's a wednesday....why out of so many things ??? so i went with the smoked ham.
a little slow on the serving of the food...everything should be done...right...so the shrimp takes hmmm 5 minutes to prep...oh that's right the sides...2 sides - they didn't have mac and cheese. potatoes and something else.....i rodered the cucumber tomato salad and the cole slaw....slaw very dull, cucmber tasted good but the tomatoes...what tomatoes...a few copped pieces sitting on top like a garnish...the meats...if someone told me the ham was taken out of a can...i would believe it...the pulled pork - very smoky...the top strands were very dry, the bottom of the pile..very good...the key...very smoky flavor...the briket very large pink smoking ring on the meat...but dry...and not nearly as smoky in flavor as the pulled pork...the serving sizes....i'm guessing 3 ounces / pile....the shrimp was ok...a little salty - the cornbread...a little on the dry side but edible....had to wave down a server for a drink re-fill....overall, i thin the place has a chance, but they definitely need to work out the kinks...i hope it does because it's relatively close to my house....