So, today it was Backyard Grill BBQ for lunch. Not bad. Here's the Quick Hit List.
1. Nice place. Decor is clean and neat. It's sort of a fast-casual set up where you order up front, get your food, and find a table.
2. Fast and friendly service.
3. Interesting menu choices. The menu includes BBQ staples like ribs and pulled pork. It also has a fish choice, smoked chicken, and smoked chicken wings. There is also a nice variety of sides like molasses beans, potato salad, macaroni salad, mac & cheese, slaw, and fries.
4. Prices are reasonable.
5. Food. Not bad, but not great. Between all members of our staff, we had a pretty good sample of the menu. The pulled pork had great pork flavor, but lacked bark and didn't seem to have a lot of smoke or rub flavor. The brisket was tender, so much so in fact that there were no slices. It was more like pot roast sandwich and also lacked smoke and the zing of a rub. My guess is these cuts are getting ample time in foil on the smoker.
The ribs were intriguing. Served naked, they were tender and a sprinkling of rub prior to service jacked up the zing factor.
Bottom line: nice effort and a nice place. Not crazy about the pulled pork or brisket, but our staff will return to try the wings and main line some ribs.