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In praise of Mo Gridder's

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In praise of Mo Gridder's

LloydG | May 16, 2008 07:22 AM

I happened to find myself in the Bronx yesterday with a car, not too far from Hunts Point, so on the way home I took the opportunity to drive down to Mo Gridder's and pick up some 'cue that I haven't yet had a chance to try. As expected, in a fairly industrial area with auto repair shops and dead end streets, a big sign over what is basically a trailer announces the availability or ribs, brikset, pulled pork, etc.

Because it would be just me and the kids for dinner, I couldn't order an enormous amount, so I settled on a rack of ribs, a container of pulled pork and a container of baked beans, figuring this would allow a fair comparison to other places. It should be noted that I took all of this home and heated it in the microwave for dinner (this was the recommended way to reheat the ribs), so I assume it might even be better if I sat and ate it there.

The ribs were juicy, slightly smokey, with a perfect balance of fat to meat. IMHO, these were better than the ribs at RUB, Hill Country or Blue Smoke. I haven't been to dinosaur in a while, but I'd rate them a tie based on memory. The beans were delicious, a bit sweet, with lots of shredded pork in them. They are up there with RUB, I think. The pork was well-flavored, not too fatty, a bit dry (although it was served with a Kansas City style sauce that moistened it).

Overall, if this place was more convenient to mass transit it would be a top choice. On the other hand, if you're driving down the Bruckner during lunch hour, it's pretty easy off and on to get some solid 'cue.

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