Well, yesterday morning at 11:45 we made it to this well-known "Q" mecca a good 5 miles off Interstate 65. The parking lot was 3/4 full!
You walk in and you can immediately see this is a well run operation. Clean, pretty big and everyone knows what they are doing. On the wall are blue ribbons, trophies, articles from every major food journal, the New York Times, etc. touting the virtues of this place. Very, very impressive.
We were seated and immediately a waitress came to the table. My wife ordered the chicken sandwich (this was my restaurant choice) and I got a brisket sandwich and a 4 bone order of ribs that came with baked beans and slaw. Both sandwiches come with slaw on them.
Within minutes the food arrived. The two sandwiches were wrapped and placed on a plate. Obviously, because to do otherwise would mean the ingredients would be spilling out of the sandwich. they gave you a nice amount for a $2.99 per sandwich.
You know what lots of customers were eating? A huge baked potato stuffed with cheese, butter, scallons, bacon and topped with pulled pork or chopped chicken.
Perhaps it's a Bama thing?
On the table were 3 sauces...their famous red, a famous white, which I was told previously by a fellow hound had mayo in it, and a NC vinegar sauce in a squeeze bottle.
I tasted all three and only liked their red. They said it was award winning at a Memphis contest..It was good, but nothing great. I absolutely did not like the white one and I normally love vinegar. This had too much vinegar for me.
Back to the sandwiches. My wife had the chicken and it was chopped...white and dark mean. She said it was very good. She also ordered a side of mayo based potato salad, which I tasted and it was very, very good.
My brisket sandwich was also chopped...Nothing is sliced here and that's someting I'll comment on in a minute. The meat was very good though. I got some burnt end meat, too. Good stuff.
I also had the 4 rib bone plate which came with excellent baked beans that were made with jalapenos and the slaw again. Their slaw is the consistancy of mashed potatoes..Just grated green cabbage, sugar, salt and vinegar. Very good. No hint of mustard, etc.
For dessert we shared a piece of cocunut pie...Not coconut cream pie, which is one of my favorites. No, this was with a meringue top and the filling sort of like a lemon filling albeit with coconut. The crust was great..I did not like the pie. Not rich enough for me. Few places make a really good coconut cream pie with legitimate whipped cream. Harry's Roadhouse in Santa fe makes one and the Butterflake in Teaneck, NJ made the best I've ever had.
The entire tab came to $22. The ribs and beans were as good as those at my all time top "Q" place...Arthur Bryant's in Kansas City. But there were no french fries (cooked in lard) and the the brisket.....These two items are special at AB's..
Well, the brisket did not compare for several reasons...Bib Bob's is chopped and AB's in KC is sliced. Then, AB's give you literally a 3/4 lb sliced brisket sandwich for $6.99 a la a NY deli sized sandwich; Big Bob's is a much much smaller portion for $2.99. To me there is no comparison ias to which I enjoyed more.
So, there you have it. I've waited to go to this place for quite some time. It was very, very good.
I was not disappointed in the least. Well worht the 5 mile journey off I-65, too. GO THERE
Now, if I can just get my butt to NC...both the west and east parts ...I'll be a happy man.