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JJ's Fish & BBQ - Disappointed

Chino Wayne | Jul 24, 200507:44 PM

The wife needed food, and since I have resigned my position as the family cook when I embarked on the Liquid Diet the only viable option yesterday aftenoon was to take her to get some 'Q. I figured I could fit a little taste of 'Q in to my one solid food meal of the day.

We repaired in Herman to JJ's Fish & BBQ on Montain Avenue in Ontario about 4:30 yesterday. We brought home one rib "dinner" and one brisket "lunch". They would not sell us only brisket by the pound (bad sign).

The wife enjoyed her ribs, potato salad and greens. JJ's is authentic "black" barbeque, so his sides are very comforting to the Mrs. Her dinner was accompanied by the requisite two slices of Wonder bread, and she added on a mini sweet potato pie. The bread was untouched and she did not like her pie (unlike the last time we had JJ's "SPP", which I really liked, and I usually don't care for this stuff.) I did not taste the pie.

My "lunch" consisted of some sliced brisket in JJ's sauce, and a side of candied yams; the aforementioned Wonder bread. I took one small taste of the yams, serviceable and if they weren't "forbidden fruits" on my current diet regimine, I would have scarfed them.

The brisket was a great disappointment. I really wanted some 'Q, and this was going to be my allotment of solid food protein, but it was terrible. The meat was tough and gristly, I don't think I ate half of it, then threw the rest out. I was not going to waste my protein ration on this stuff.

Fortunately, I did get a taste of some decent 'Q, as the wife left me one pork rib, which was meaty, tender and smokey. I also noticed the absence of the overwhelming presence of nutmeg in the sauce, that I last experienced from JJ's, so that was an improvement. The only thing I would have done different with his sauce would have been to jazz it up with a drop or two of Dave's Insanity.

So do go to JJ's for the ribs, but if there is any consistency to his brisket, and if yesterday was a prime example of it, then avoid his brisket totally.

Smelled some frying fish when we drove up, have not tried his fish, and will not be eating any fried fish for a long, long time to come, so no report on his fish.

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