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Third Street Corridor BBQ?

stomsf | Jun 5, 200803:45 PM

So good soul food - BBQ! I know there's a lonnnng thread on the Chowhound BBQ taste test, but there wasn't a whole lot of representation from the Third Street corridor, which is close for us.

For a bit of background, we've been on a carnivore binge for the past few weeks, thinking that we should quest for good BBQ but trying to be purists and go for the meat without the sauce.

We were dissapointed with Big Nate's (meat was tough) and Johnson's (meat tender but minimal flavor) so I recalled some great BBQ I had years ago at 3rd and Shafter (1995 or so).

That's now Pittman's and it's been closed every time I've driven by -- not sure if they are in business anymore.

So instead we have been going to Olivia's, which has been great. Incredible pork ribs and beef ribs that have lots of flavor even without sauce. Sorry, not sure of the push pin link thinga mabob yet, but Olivia's is at 3rd and Newcomb. Great people there and good service. They are also open for breakfast, and do fried fish along with the usual sides.

We have also tried Primitive BBQ which is around 3rd and Evans. It's actually a kitchen in the back of a bar, was a little intimidated going in for food but the BBQ was very good. I'd give the nod to Olivia's but also enjoyed the ribs there.

Now for my question -- other BBQ options in the 3rd Street corridor? Other Soul Food recommendations? Thanks in advance!

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