So I stopped by here today to check out the "original New York BBQ." What, you righly ask, is NY BBQ? As a native New Yorker, I'd define it by what NY BBQ ain't. It ain't barbecue like you get down south. It ain't brisket or pork shoulder sweating in a brick pit for 8 hours while bathed in hickory smoke. Acoording to their take out menu, this Laguna Hills location is the West Coast outpost of a mini chain with locations on Central Park, Yonkers, and the Bronx.
What Ribs on the Run serves is grilled meat drenched in sauce. I had the baby back rib lunch special, Gurlfren had the baby back pulled pork sandwich special. My ribs, tender and meaty, were cooked a touch too long, as the meat was a bit mushy and slipped off the bones too easily. They were slathered in a sweet vinegary, molasses based sauce. Very tasty sauce, but without any smoke on the ribs, that's all there is, flavor-wise. So if you like the Tony Romas / Newport Rib Co school of rib cookery, you might enjoy these. I was hoping for smokey "real" cue, so I was disappointed.
The pulled rib sandwich was finely chopped rib meat, lightly dressed with a less unctuous sauce. Very pleasant, but still no smoke. We both got a cup of mild coleslaw, which I found cleansing. It's lightly dressed with a minimal amount of mayo and vinegar, which gave a crunchy cabbage contrast to the very sweet sauce on my ribs. The lunch special came with nicely done french fries, but we also got a side of sweet potato fries. I liked these a lot. Thinly sliced, fried nice and dark, the sweet potatoes had lots of flavor.
Although I didn't try them, they've also got Nathan's hot dogs on the take out menu, dressed NY Style (kraut & mustard), Chicago style (relish, onions, tomato, pickles) or w/ chili cheese.
Since this is around the corner from my storage unit, I might be tempted to go back when I'm in the neighborhood. Then again, I'd sooner try Natraj in the same strip mall to see what their Indian food is like. I'd give Ribs on the Run a lukewarm C- .
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