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Roundup BBQ (Fresno): meh


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Roundup BBQ (Fresno): meh

alanstotle | Aug 12, 2009 08:39 AM

Quick dinner stop yesterday at Roundup Bar-B-Q & Italian Kitchen (I know, that’s funny combination).

BBQ pork sandwich: generous helping of thinly-sliced pork on a warmed (toasted?) hoagie-style roll. Pork was tender (though I suppose it’d be hard for such thinly-sliced meat NOT to be tender) but not particularly smoky tasting; decent but unremarkable.

Sauce was thick, tomatoey, a bit on the sweet side, not much BBQ flavor. Texture reminded me of a thick marinara-type sauce that you might put on a meatball sandwich. More like a slightly-BBQ-flavored tomato sauce rather than actual BBQ sauce. Is it just because this place also does Italian food that I’m associating the BBQ sauce with Italian tomato sauce?

I would say the sauce was not very good, but I overheard two women at another table both say they liked the sauce. Note to self: different strokes for different folks.

French fried were good: made to order on this visit. Crispy on the outside; fluffy on the inside.

I might return & try a hamburger, calzone or Italian hot sandwich, but I’ll stick to satisfying my BBQ cravings elsewhere in Fresno.

Roundup Bar-B-Q & Italian Kitchen
5730 N. First St., Suite 101
(Hoover Marketplace, SE corner of First & Bullard)

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