I tried out the Horseshoe for the first time since they re-opened. I have moved out of that area and into the city so I made a special trip up to North Reading to check it out.
Having considered myself a regular at the old shoe, it took me awhile to get used to the new atmosphere. The place is no longer the dark, groungy Keno playing place it once was. As a matter of fact, all of the keno screens have been replaced with giant plasma tvs in the new bar.
There are no more 2 beers for 4 dollars, most beers have jumped up to 3.25, still not a bad price. One of the shockers was that they now have $11 martinis! And even more of a shocker, is that the new clientel were actually drinking the $11 martinis!
There is a gorgeous new dining room which has a huge stone fireplace and real napkins.
On to the menu: For ribs, they now only have pork ribs on the menu, no giant beef ribs, but maybe they'll bring them back. I was a bit disappointed that the description of the pulled-pork no longer says 'looks funky, tastes great'. It now raves about the 20 hours that the pork has been cooking. Even with the upswing of the description, I'm happy to report that the pulled pork still looks funky and tastes GREAT!
Their bbq sauces are wonderful and they have a wonderful hot bbq sauce on demand which if very tasty.
Other major improvements that I noticed were mashed potatos - they used to taste instant, now they have smashed red skins and they taste sinful! The corn bread was surprisingly good. That used to be dry as a bone. I used to avoid it at all costs, last night I asked for more.
Others in my party had the shoe tips which were eaten so quick I couldn't try them and a rack of ribs that was licked clean.
The service was very satisfactory. They were very accomodating to my party of six who trickeled in and then stayed and chatted over beers long after the plates were cleared.
Thanks again icecreamguy for the heads-up! I was thrilled to get up there again!