I visited Sparky's Roadside several months ago and right when they first opened and my first experience back then was solid and I stopped in again last night and I'm pleased that they're still open and serving quality restaurant BBQ.
I did break my own rule as I visited the restaurant at 5:45 and that's kind of in-between peak serving times and that's when you usually get the best representation of a BBQ restaurants best quality.
Started off with 6 of their smoked wings and while they're on the dark side they were just as good as I remember. Smoky, tender and juice. Very flavorable and a great way to get things going.
From there I asked for a 1/2 slab of baby back ribs and they made it into a "combo platter" that included brisket. My sides were mac-n-cheese and collard greens. Some folks fall in love with side dishes at BBQ restaurants but for me - - the meat is the thing (as it should be).
The mac-n-cheese was moist, cheesy and flavorful. The collard greens were also properly cooked, had a nice taste and were also a nice addition to the meal. Their side dish portions are a bit on the small side but both were very good overall.
And now to the meat! The baby back ribs were of nice size, reasonbly meaty. They're still on the dark side as their rub has regular sugars instead of the turbinado which is preferred. Nonetheless, the rub has great flavor infusion with the meat and these were quite good. Not great but quite good. The brisket was just OK. Of course, it wasn't prime time. It had reasonably good flavor. They cut it very thin while I prefer a thicker cut as that's the more traditional method. Overall, the meat experience was quite good.
Service by 'Hans' was friendly and timely. It's a no frills kind of place but it's decoarated nicely and it's comfortable place to stop in and enjoy good, smoked BBQ in a very friendly environment.
Ft. Pierce, FL
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