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Tallahassee - Up In Smoke

gmc251 | Sep 22, 201105:09 PM

Went for dinner and had the four meat combo since I wanted to try a little of everything. I ordered brisket, 1/4 slab of spare ribs, pulled pork and hot sausage.

Starting with the best first, the ribs were well cooked, tender, but not overcooked and falling off the bone. Good sized serving, 4 bones. They had decent pork flavor, but not much smoke flavor.

The pulled pork was a bit stringy, not bad flavor, but again, no real smoke flavor. A good sized portion again. Enough to make a large sandwich.

The brisket was a bit dry, with no real bark and not a lot of flavor. Average sized portion, three thin slices.

They offer a choice of hot or sweet sausage. I ordered the hot. It was terrible. No heat, sweet or flavor and dry to top it off. The portion was tiny, a single link about 4 inches and split.

On the table were 3 sauces, mustard, sweet and regular. I had the regular on the pork and ribs. A thin tomato/vinegar sauce without much flavor. I tasted the sweet. it was a little thicker and sweeter. I didn't try the mustard.

The meal came with two sides. I chose onion rings and sweet potato fries. Each carried a $1.00 upcharge. They were both very good. Thick cut onion rings, with a coarse crispy breading. Not at all soggy, even at the end of the meal. The sweet potato fries were as crispy as you can get them, with good flavor.

The service was good, friendly and efficient. It appears these folks are decent restaurateurs, but not particularly well versed in barbecue

With a soft drink and tax, the tab came to 23 bucks and change, typical for a meal of that size.

2 stars for the barbecue + 1 for the sides and service.

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