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OC-Johnny Rebs-BBQ in Orange County

kc girl | Mar 11, 200512:42 PM

Good BBQ in Orange County. Anyone else agree?

Has anyone ever had breakfast there? How is that?

Second-grade Angela had the day off school the other day, so we gave her a day to do whatever she wanted. After indoor soccer with an exercise ball, helping wash screens and taking a toothbrush to the screen and window sills outside and the bathroom, then batting practice in the park, swings and jungle gym, painting our nails (clear), library donation of books and an hour reading (her idea!) and then choosing some CDs to take home (she already had 7 books at home), then dancing until and when Daddy got home, she voiced a very strong opinion that dinner should be "at that place with the peanut shells on the floor."

We couldn't remember the name of the place either, but soon saw the old and dilapidated looking building as we drove along Chapman Ave. in Orange (we knew that much). Kind of "Disneyland" country hick cabin. Our waiter had tatooed arms and legs and rolled-up sleeves and pant cuffs. He wore the "prison look" pants low on his hips that accommodated his very large belly. OMG! Service was excellent. Didn't want a second beer, so he offered water. Water comes in a big jar glass and straws were in his pocket. Service was fast, efficent, attentive, good timing. Lemonade is not the sweet commercial kind. It's very good.

This is a very tasty BBQ place. Not alot of smoke, but just enough. And, a mild, sweet tomatoe-based sauce. And, we had our dinner just about a minute after we ordered it!

Angela and Daddy had the combo plate. The chicken was very, very tender. They had baby back ribs I didn't sample. They ate them all. They (two servers that night) mistakenly brought cole slaw instead of their sweet potato fries. But, they remedied that and left the slaw. I liked the flavor of the slaw, could taste a lot of celery in with the green cabbage and very light creamy dresing. The sweet potato fries are really good, too.

I ordered the $4 garden salad with cornbread and it was more than enough for all three of us. (Daddy said there was a smaller side salad, but I had't seen it before I ordered. Anyway, the gardne salad was thick jullienne romaine lettuce, diced tomatoes on one fourth side, green onion on one fourth, and grated cheddar cheese on one fourth. Simple and good. Huge bowl. Their ranch dressing tastes almost exactly like the original Hidden Valley Ranch dressing, but was a thinner liquid. It was pleasing to me. I asked for it on the side and just drizzled a little at a time and also used the bbq sauce drizzled in, too. Loved it.

I wanted just one rib and they said they could do that. (Waiter high balled the price to be about $2.25) My choice of baby back, St. Louis, or beef short rib. I hadn't heard of a St. Louis cut before and it was just like they said - a little more meaty than a baby back. On rib had about 4 oz of meat on it!

Corn bread was tasty and with butter and honey was sweet enough for a dessert.

Johnny Rebs could be the best BBQ in Orange County for the family.

Link: http://www.johnnyrebs.com/JR_Main.html

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