Restaurant 28-N.C.-style BBQ & Catfish
5025 W. Olive Ave. Glendale 623-934-0920
The SW corner of Olive(Dunlap in the west) and 51st Ave, right next to Sheesh-Kebab House.
I went on Saturday for the first time. The last two times I've tried were after Nicki Buchanon's(sp?) publicity, and the line was out the door. No thank you.
I went 'large', so as to sample a variety and decide whether it was worth a second trip. The SAT. special is chitlins, with greens and black-eyed peas. I've never had chitlins, and though I wasn't thrilled, I wasn't repulsed. They were cut into fine pieces and stewed in a lightly spiced broth. If you told me it was pork, I may have been fooled into thinking so. The greens were rather bland, and the large tough portion of the leaves were not removed. I've had better. Ditto the b.e.p., nothing to write home about.
Now then, I also got a catfish combo which I had them cook in 'nuggets', for my son to have finger-food. They were done-up just right, in a golden corn-meal batter. YUM! A side of fried-okra was equally yummy. The dirty rice tasted great, however, the texture and eye-appeal left a lot to be desired. It was soupy, almost in a gravy of some sort. Nothing like you'd get at either Pappadeux's or Popeye's. Did I mention the rib-tips? The meat pulled right off the bone in one easy, tender morsel. The sauce was very light, and vinegar-based..I think. I just didn't take good mental note, as it was just so tasty, regardless.
Upon entry, I had discussed the possiblity of FRIED chitlin's with the lady of the house. She said that her husband might know how to do so, but that she was unfamiliar with them. Long story short, he came back to the premises and offered to do a batch, and I agreed. THIS is the way to eat chitlins, LOL! Finger-length strips and cuts in a nice salt-pepper-flour coating. The texture was akin to fried-clams, moreso than calamari. There was no stench, nor gamey taste as I had come to expect. As I told him, he needs to add those as a routine menu selection.
Bad news. It's small..tiny in fact. Seating for less then 10 means they don't have to provide a restroom, and there is none. The Shell owner next door allowed me the privilege of using his to wash-up. Good news. They've been successful enough to have expansion under-way into the unit next door. Larger dining-area and restrooms. The current small unit will be for take-out orders, as was explained to me.
Will I go back? You bet. I'm going to focus soley on the BBQ meats on the next visit.