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Another Uncle Frank's Report--Great

Steve G | Sep 21, 200504:26 PM

I just had dinner at Uncle Frank's in Mountain View last night with a friend, and lunch today from the leftovers.

Food: meat is the star here, with some good sides and some sides that were too healthy for my taste. We asked our waiter what he would have if he were us, and, after asking how hungry we were (really hungry), he suggested the two way combo with brisket and smoked chicken or brisket and ribs.

All three meats were excellent--especially the brisket. I don't have extensive barbeque experience, but I know well smoked brisket should have a nice thick red smoke ring around the outside, and this definitely had a serious smoke ring. Ribs and brisket were both incredibly tender, with tasty barbeque sauce. The ribs had very small bones, and by my standards were pretty lean for ribs. Very good. My taste of the chicken was very good, but I like a crispy skin, and since this one was smoked the skin didn't crunch in the mouth.

The only drawback in my mind is some of the sides, but I came for the meat and the sides were incidental. The menu says their recipes have been updated for modern health considerations, and that statement rang true for some of the sides. My greens were almost nonfat--the liquid draining out of them into the bottom of the bowl was almost all water-based, whereas I've had greens that just dripped fat and hid bits of bacon in the past. These were quite tasty for being completely healthy, but don't drive here intending to indulge in decadent sides. Fries were excellent, and stayed crispy until they were cold. The fries tasted delightfully bad for us.

Our waiter and the other server were both very friendly, which isn't something I've found at some other barbeque places.

Oh--and I can only describe the serving size as lavish. My $15 two way combo had what I would guess was 1 lb of brisket and 1/2 a pound of ribs. We definitely could have split a two way combo between the two of us and still had leftovers.

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