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Two BBQ Lunches -- JR's and Outdoor Grill


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Two BBQ Lunches -- JR's and Outdoor Grill

nosh | Jul 29, 2006 04:45 PM

Really enjoyed JR's on La Cienega south of Washington near Jefferson. Was one of the first to sit down at 11:30, got the rib sandwich with potato salad and a lemonade. Was a bit worried that three pork ribs wouldn't fill me up, but these were very meaty and tender. Ordered the hot sauce on the side -- extremely hot (and I like it that way) -- went great with the cool potato salad and the neutral roll, but a bit too incendiary for the ribs. Next time I'll get half hot and half medium. Extremely friendly service and vibe. I left stuffed and happy spending $14 after a big tip.

Can't say the same about Outdoor Grill. Ordered a rib and pork combo which wasn't specified on the menu -- gave it to me but charged for a rib and tri-tip combo (the pork is less expensive than the tri-tip for the sandwich). Only one bbq sauce is offered. As the serving guy passed my plate over the counter, he added another rib -- made me wonder whether this was a generous move or a practiced play. Ribs had a nice crusty exterior but not as large or meaty as JR's. Pork was machine-cut rounds from a pork loin -- next time I'd go with the tri-tip which is admittedly their specialty. Side of mac'n'cheese was poor -- limp large pasta rounds in a thin, lightly flavored cheese sauce. I guess what really turned me off was going up to the cashier for an additional plastic serving of bbq sauce and asking her for a slice of bread for the pork and having her start ringing up $.50 on the register -- No, Thank you. I left full but dissatisfied after $14 with no tip -- self-service.

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