If you passed by(or even eaten at) the now defunct Turkish restaurant which was housed in oddly enough, a newly built Lighthouse on Montauk Hwy in Hampton Bays...... you may have thought Turkish and Lighthouse??? What an odd coupling? This combo doesn't click the same as peanutbutter and chocolate or maybe even fried clams and a Lighthouse so, I didn't know if "BBQ" in a Lighthouse would a better fit, but after a few minutes talking with the BBQ master's wife and you will be yearning for their success....Lighthouse or Roadhouse!
The owners who are uprooting from NJ to fulfill a a longtime dream,(still commuting right now due to chidren in school) try hard to please their customers with a no frills menu consisting of three cuts of ribs, brisket, pulled pork, chicken and other grilled items such as giant burgers that look to put Rendevous to shame for sure. The service, although friendly, consists of an inexperienced young staff always serving with a smile which, I guess makes it OK that we had to ask more than once for water refills, extra napkins, plates for sharing, etc...
On Friday night we opted to try the "usual" consisting of half chicken, beef ribs, short ribs, and babybacks along with a salad, coleslaw, baked beans and cornbread for $25.99 (most expensive item on the menu). The sauce accompanying all the meats is a molasses based 'que sauce, but happily not too sweet.(I got nervous when I saw our entire entree slathered in the stuff, but after one bite and suck of a finger, I was glad for the oversaucing). The portions are a joke.....two of us shared this entree and three people ate it for lunch the next day.
The sides are homemade to a "T". You know you can tell how good a restaurant is by it's coleslaw.....well, this slaw it pretty darn good.
As we were sitting at the table gathering up enough energy to lift outselves from the table, the avid and seasoned cooks that we know we are, secretly discussed how easy it would be to order take out and claim this finger lickin'down home grub as our own.
During the week the all you can eat ribs are a mere $20 and come with two sides and a salad. Too bad I live in NYC during the week. Gotta earn a living somehow!!!!