Hey all, back again from another wonderful week of driving and working my way through Florida. Was in Marathon on Tuesday and if you have not eaten at the Lor-a-lei, you're missing out on some of the freshest seafood to ever grace a bun. I had the grouper sammie and it was great. The sandwich was grilled perfectly and the view was spectacular. Didn't make it to Porky's BBQ before the 7 mile bridge, but I've heard it is pretty tasty. Have to get back soon to get some Changes in Latitude in my soul if you know what I mean. In Naples, I went to Michelbob's on Airport rd. They specialize in baby back ribs. They have a lot of advertizements for their awards for best sauce and ribs from various places. I had a slab of baby backs with beans, slaw, fries and garlic bread for $17. Onto my review:
slaw-very tasty in my opinion. Wasn't overly watery or dry. It had the right consistency and tasted very fresh.
fries-crispy and not greasy.
garlic bread-do I really need to say anything about garlic bread?!?!-didn't think so.
beans-now, here's where I'm picky. I love baked beans. I really do. When they are cooked right, they should taste like they're from heaven, just the right flavors picked up from the salt pork(or bbq pork), onions, and garlic-plus whatever other seasoning you throw in there. You should taste all that slow cooked goodness. What one shold not taste is ketchup. Period. So, for shame on Michelbob's for having your beans taste like ketchup. My rant on that is over. If you want a disertation on beans let me know and we'll get together over some fine melding of hops, barley, and wheat together with water and talk about it.
ribs-when I walked in, I was expecting ribs, not baby back ribs. So, trooper that I am, I forged ahead and got the slab. The ribs were tender and falling off the bone. They were juicy and had just a little coating of sauce on them. There was no fat to speak of and overall I would have to give them a seven on a ten scale. They were better than some, but not the best I've tasted. The sauces were good too, but again, I think my sauce is one of the best I've ever tasted. Not being snooty, but I like my sauce.
Would I go back to Michelbob's of I'm in Naples again? Probably not considering the price was not what I consider worth the food. If it was a few dollars less, maybe. There has to be another BBQ joint-andI do mean joint-in Naples. If so please let me know.