Spotted the signage while passing through Rohnert Park on Friday. Yay, Terry's is back! It opened on November 2. I could smell the smoke in the parking lot. Oddly, the inside of the restaurant mostly smells like cleaning products rather than food. But I guess that's not a bad thing.
Late afternoon, a lot of things were already sold out. No housemade hot links, fried chicken, peach cobbler nor sweet potato pie. What I did get as a to-go order was a half-rack of ribs (requested uncut) that came with two sides and choice of bread for around $19. Collard greens, potato salad, and corn muffins, for me please.
There was a delay in taking my order because the ala carte ribs were not in the entry system yet. However, a manager immediately stepped in and told the counter gal to write down what I wanted and run it back to the kitchen to avoid further delay while he worked on the system. Then when my order was ready, the gal opened and showed me what was in each container to verify before bagging everything. I really appreciated this level of customer service at a new business.
Ribs were meaty and hefty with just the right bite, not the soft, falling-off-the-bone style I remember from the old days. That is to say, the control on texture is much better and to my liking. They could have used more salt before going into the smoker, as I did need to use some of the fruity barbecue sauce to enhance the flavor.
Potato salad had distinct cubes, not mushed up and verged toward the sweet side from sweet pickle relish. Chopped collard greens cooked with bacon or salt pork were outstanding with a black pepper note and delicious pot likker. Corn muffins made a good breakfast the next day, split and toasted with butter. They're a middle style, not so gritty but not cake-like and sweet.
From the parking lot I could see a banner facing Hwy 101, and other customers from the old days were streaming in when I left. The counter gal, who is new to the business, said that it was great to work at a place that had that kind of following.
Terry’s Southern Style Fish & BBQ
5979 Commerce Blvd.
Rohnert Park, CA
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