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Scruby's BBQ again (Davie -- W. Broward)

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Scruby's BBQ again (Davie -- W. Broward)

s.m. koppelman | Nov 23, 2002 01:11 AM

Well, after a lousy sliced beef sandwich there, I gave 'em another try on Chuck's advice, and I must say the ribs are quite good. As far as West Broward goes, I'd put em well above the Sonny's chain and roughly even with Mrs. Smokey's up in Sunrise. They're served dry, with 5 or 6 sauces in bottles on the tables, all adequate, none stellar. Good and meaty ribs, though.. smoky but not Tom Jenkins-smoky, which will please some here more than they pleased me.

However, everything else was as I remembered: sweet tea that wasn't especially sweet and tasted like Lipton, a stringy sweet potato, and workaday garlic toast on Cuban bread. The one relatively bright spot among the sides was the baked beans, with lots of scraps of pulled pork mixed in. Not rocket science, but enjoyable. I'd guess their Brunswick stew is decent too on this basis.

In sum, decent meat (as long as it's pork, at least) but the sides are lackluster (not bad, just uninspiring) even within the low expectations most area places set. Order accordingly and you'll be happy enough if you're in the neighborhood and dying for some nitrates, but that's about it. As greater Fort Lauderdale becomes part of hounds' barbecue roadtrip itineraries (don't laugh; I think it will) along with Texas, North Carolina and the like, this won't be one of the stops.

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