Just spent a couple of days in Beverly, ate at the Crazy Horse which was excellent as usual, but also hit TABBQ. This is a second outpost of the Rowley original.
Where to start?
The Memphis Ribs were baby backs, not at all correct. The meat itself was okay, but not particularly flavorful. It came slathered with their house sweet sauce (again wrong, cue should not come sauced, particularly not ribs billed as Memphis style where the dry rub should do the talking, more on the sauce later). Pretty much everything else was just wrong in a bunch of ways.
Collards, strange sweetish prep, the flavoring was just all wrong. Repeatedly places mess up collards which are in fact SO easy to do, I don't get it. Throw some leftover cue in a pot with the greens and stew. How tricky is it? Anyhow it was one of the weirdest executions I have ever had, not terrible, but not right. I think they used supermarket chorizo or something, then added molasses, blech.
Cucumber salad was freshly made, but tasted like the cukes them self were a bit after the fact, had that rubbery quality in cukes which is never good. Barely edible.
Cornbread: fluffy, sweetish, tasted like out of a Jiffy mix. Just not very good.
The sauces, ahh the sauces. Mostly just plain terrible. The sweet, spicy, and mustard tasted like they came out of Sysco bottles. Ketchupy, flavorless on the sweet and spicy, the mustard tasted like nothing at all.
Made me really long for Blue Ribbon's superb sauces. The only redeeming one was a NC sauce (barely saw it off on the side in a little jug). It was very good though not really quite a vinegary NC sauce. Without this sauce the meal would have been a total loss. As is it was barely acceptable.
A place that misses on so many fronts is just not worth a second trip.
950 Cummings Ctr Ste 96X, Beverly, MA 01915