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A real find in West Palm Beach

Pat Hammond | Apr 10, 200111:41 AM

Located at 1516 N. Tamarind Ave. is a cinderblock buildng called The Pit Bar-B-Q, formerly called The Blue Front. We were half lost in that part of town, when the aroma of smoking meat wafted in through the car window. It didn't take long to find the very plain, square building, with a very nice smoker doing its thing out back.

The man behind the cut-out window inside told us it was a take-out place and next time we should phone our orders in because it would take a little while to fill our requests. So we sat on two of the five folding chairs and waited. This is what we ordered: a sliced pork sandwich, a slab of ribs, cole slaw (a bit too soupy for me), pigeon peas and rice, cornbread, and sweet potato pie for dessert.

This is *good* food. The sauce is little bit sweet, a little bit vinegary, and comes mild, medium, or hot, served spooned over the meat. The sliced pork was beautiful to look at and wonderfully tender. The smoking process had left the slices almost dessicated around the edges, but moist and delicate beyond the edges. Very big sandwich on a a soft sesame seed bun was 5 bucks. The ribs were just as I like them, firm but tender, well smoked. The other stuff we ordered came to about $9. A small pie is $2. They have collard greens, mac and cheese, fish, chicken, and pork chops. And how about some souse?

I'm just back from Palm Beach, not even unpacked. A few more places bear a mention, which I'll get to later, but this place was a stand-out. pat

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