Having trashed Smokin’ Jack’s in Burbank after a disastrous visit shortly after it opened, Das Ubergeek wasn’t at all psyched to go again. But an (unwilling) second visit turned out to be a totally different experience.
Cole slaw isn’t creamy, but comes with a spice powder on top. Squeeze a lemon on top and you have your dressing–and it’s fantastic. “Grandma Penny’s polk and beans” (yes, spelled like that) are really, really good and porky, while tri-tip sandwich has just the right proportion of soft fat to juicy meat. It comes dry, with a six-pack of sauce bottles. The fries, though, are overseasoned and come with “Jack’s ketchup,” whose secret ingredient seems to be BBQ sauce. Lunch plates are a deal, but a helluva lot of food for $11.