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Brief review: Willie's Taste of Soul (S. SEA)

Finspot | Feb 1, 200801:22 PM

The place was packed for Friday lunch. A bit clean and "franchisy" for my taste, similar in style to the "new" Jones's in Columbia City. I ordered the combo lunch plate, medium spicy, for $7.95, which came with one pork rib, one smallish slice of brisket, two knuckles of chicken, and three slices of hotlink, along with wonder bread, beans, and potato salad (I subbed coleslaw).

This neighborhood on the edge of Mt. Baker SO needs more than the usual pho shack, so I was disappointed that my lunch was mediocre at best. Maybe it's unfair to make such a pronunciation after one visit. I'll update this after another try, but here's my initial take (and though I like to smoke my own meats at home, I'm not an authority on BBQ; Jones' is my favorite in Seattle): the hotlinks were mealy and flavorless, the pork rib was tender (as you'd expect), the brisket wasn't anything special, and the chicken a bit dry. The sauce bathing all this was a problem: somewhat spicy but with little real kick and not much to distinguish it. I tend to like sweet and tangy sauces like Jones'; this sauce looked the part, but it didn't amount to much, flavor-wise, maybe a hint of smoke and a little tang. My coleslaw was semi-warm, which is really off-putting.

The waitress worked hard and the diners around me seemed to be enjoying themselves, but I couldn't help but conclude that Seattle's BBQ track record is no better for this newest entrant.


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