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Uncle Pete's Barbecue: Wow!


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Uncle Pete's Barbecue: Wow!

C. Simon | May 28, 2002 09:47 AM

Because I was not raised in the South, I am not an expert on barbecue. However, I am the world's expert on what tastes good to me. And, the pork ribs I had at Uncle Pete's are certainly the best ribs I can ever remember having. Often barbecue can be comfort food -- pleasant but nondescript flavors that are most enjoyable in large portions. Uncle Pete's Ribs, while very comforting, do NOT fit this definition of comfort food. The complexity and depth of flavor was extraordinary. I've never had ribs quite like them.

And, the sides! Mashed potatoes that were impossibly rich. I wish I could place the interesting flavor that made them so addictive. It couldn't have just been butter. Pour a small amount of the barbecue sauce that comes with the ribs over the potatoes and you have something transcendent. Finally, the delicious "asian slaw" was perhaps the most straightforward of the three items I had. A very good, but rather typical, peanut sauce (like the one that comes with Thai Satay) smothered the cabbage. Good stuff.

I don't know whether the other stuff on the menu is up to the level of what I had, but I look forward to finding out! . . . .

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