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Woody Brown's in Wilkes-Barre, second visit

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Woody Brown's in Wilkes-Barre, second visit

Mosca | May 30, 2004 07:05 PM

We did pick a tough day and time for a restaurant; 5PM on the Sunday of a meal-centered holiday weekend, with a cloudless sky.

We got the full rack of ribs, 2 half chickens, potato salad and mac salad, and some extra sauce.

The chicken was really good, nice and moist, and it had just a wisp of fire-taste to the meat itself rather than to the skin; very nice, and hard to do at home.

The ribs were super meaty, and very tasty! And of course, fall off the bone tender. Really, they were so meaty that I could only eat 1/4 of a rack.

I got some extra sauce this time, the hot, to put on my dinner. Immediately upon tasting it, I was transported back to my high school years. I grew up in the Monogahela Valley, and when I was 18 we used to drive down to Mon City, to a place called Jerome's, for Q. I could never accurately place the secret ingredient for Jerome's Batman sauce... celery seed, maybe? Probably not. I don't know for sure, but Woody's sauce has that same sublime underflavor that I loved so much from Jerome's! The sauce isn't the same, though; it's sweeter, thicker, and not as hot. Hot enough, but not death sauce. Brown sugar, vinegar, pepper flakes, ketchup, some other stuff.

The potato salad was a new side for us this time, and it had whole celery tops (with some leaf), pimento, and by the color, a little egg, and it's on the sweet side. We liked it a lot. The mac salad is actually very similar, but with mac instead. MJ loves mac salad, I love potato salad. These both have what I'd call "informed home-made" flavor, which is what you want, I think, from an unpretentious dish. If you start shovelling in capers, water chestnuts and artichoke hearts, you're missing the point.

The 3 of us were in and out for a tick over $30, and we had about 1/3 of the food left over for tomorrow's lunch, confirming my cost estimate from last time.

Again, Wyoming Valley chowhounds; It's "neighborlier", better, faster, down-homier, and cheaper than the new chain restaurant, with no waiting outside. Do yourself a favor and dine there.

Tom

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