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Lunch at Uncle Petes


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Lunch at Uncle Petes

JudyHP | Jan 21, 2005 02:10 PM

3 of us braved the arctic chill to head to Uncle Pete’s for an amazing lunch. It was tough making a decision since there is so much good stuff on the menu. Started with the Mango Salsa appetizer. Fresh homemade salsa, with huge chunks of mango, cucumber, tomato, in a vinegary (reminds me of the sauce that comes with Thai spring rolls) with chopped peanuts. Presented in a big shell (like a taco salad shell), and came with fresh made fried flour tortilla chips - an interesting change from the usual corn tortilla chips -they were puffy and crunchy, but not greasy. It was perfectly tangy/spicy/sweet/hot – it was plenty for a pre-lunch nibble. We also got a basket of onion rings to share. They were fresh made – huge rings of sweet Spanish onions, flaky not-greasy batter – the kind of onion rings that you can’t stop eating once you start! I got the BBQ pulled pork on a bun – it was a perfect amount of the most delicious melt-in-your-mouth smoked BBQ pork – BBQ sauce comes on the side and you add it to your own taste, so it’s not sopping with sauce and you can really taste the meat. The bun was toasted, fresh and not too-bready. A side of their homemade BBQ beans – very rich, but tasty – baked-bean like with a little more zest. My other side was their Asian slaw, which is an amazing combo of fresh shredded cabbage/carrot, asian spices (again, I could detect the rice vinegar and chili) and peanut. A nice change from standard slaw. My lunch mates had the beef brisket, and the pulled bbq chicken - both dishes looked excellent. We did not have dessert. The service was great. First the owner (a super nice older man) came over and made sure we knew about the menu, and explained about how real smoked BBQ has pink near the bone and also explained how they don’t over-sauce their BBQ. the waiter was efficient. Food came out fast, fresh, hot, and delicious. The dining room is booths with vinyl upholstery – some taped up with duct tape – and red checked plastic table cloths, tiffany lamps, and lots of copies of their press clippings/awards in every booth. Roll of paper towels in each booth. A great place for lunch, especially if you are pressed for time, but want something really excellent.

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