We had seen the place several times as we made frontage road loops to and from our hotel, and in addition to a coupon in the hotel lobby, they were on the Rewards Network. SOLD!
This is the old Bobby McGee's space, done over in a nice upscale Southwestern way with some urban touches in the bar and nightclub areas.
We walked in mid-afternoon and were promptly seated. We were given their lunch menus, and when asked for a cocktail listing were given their full dinner menu. Very broad selection, but we were in a Q mood.
Being very wary of brisket outside of Texas, I opted for the brisket quesadilla appetizer to test the waters. While the lovely Denise turned her nose up at the processed pepperjack that was used, I found them to be quite yummy...sided with small ramekins of sour cream, guac and pico de gallo. I was glad to find the brisket to be of acceptable texture, though the combination of ingredients masked any smoke that might have been present.
We were also curious about their sides, all of which are made in house. The waiter was nice enough to bring us a bit of pecan slaw and potato salad for us to try, and both were excellent. These complimentary tastes were about the same size as those that are served at Famous Dave's (and for which FD's have the nerve to charge $1.99 each).
The missus continued to be of a ribby mindset, so she ordered a full-rack of St Louis style to be sided with potato salad and mac & cheese. She proclaimed the ribs to be perhaps the best she had yet to enjoy. Great smoke, texture and flavor...very nice.
I went with a 2-meat combo of brisket and pulled pork, and along with the included slaw and potato salad I ordered a side of roasted corn. All the sides were equally excellent and generously portioned, and the meats were fine, with the pork especially shining.
Overall we were very impressed with everything about our meals. My only quibbles are that the brisket was not that smoky, though the texture was excellent. And I also would like to be asked which sauce I would prefer if they are going to cover the meats with it before serving.
As to be expected, I found their spicy sauce to be preferable to the regular covering about half my meat.
All in all, BobbyQ's is a place we would look forward to revisiting, even though we would not be going out of way to revisit Phoenix, at least not in May. Perhaps we'll get better weather when we return in October for Cowboys/Cardinals. Both BobbyQ's and Mucho Gusto will get return visits should we make that trip.
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