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Poppa Rick's Fine Food/Real Texas BBQ

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Poppa Rick's Fine Food/Real Texas BBQ

stuart | Feb 17, 2003 10:40 AM

After reading the post by Dermott on 1/15 I had this place on my "to eat list" but had not gotten to it. Then on 2/12 Newsday did a nice story about the spot. I went that day. My overall impression, based on all of one visit, is that it is good, but not special. I tried the brisket and it was nice. The meat was sitting out in a big pan with the other meats, next to the stove. When I ordered it, the women put it in red hot pan, squirted bbq sauce on it and heated it up. So much for any chance of a rosy pink center or a taste of the smoke.They should ask if you want to add the sauce yourself. The bread was a standard packaged soft,long roll, wonder bread like.The meat was cut in long thick slices,with some hunks of fat.It was a good sandwich, tasty but not a revelation. I tried a cup of chili and it was good. Big clumps of ground beef (not cut beef/stew beef) and almost no beans. With two shots of hot sauce I enjoyed it. I also had a very strange slice of pie. It was cold and the filling was white, creamy and sweet, on top of the filling was orange pulp. It looked and tasted just like what is left in my juicer after I do some oranges.The crust was soggy and undercooked.
I will return to try the other bbq, but I wish they had ribs, as I think the only other choice is pulled and loin of pork. With nobody else even trying to do real bbq they deserve a chance. This is far from top notch real southern bbq so keep that in mind when you go. The place sits right on the Suffolk/ Nassau line on Jericho Tpke.

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