Wednesday, August 4, 2010
Big Guys BBQ
It was slow at the time we arrived so seating was easy. It was very cool to be served by the owner and chef himself, who was quite surprised to be asked for a pic for the blog. No idea who or what we were, he played along. Big question for Big Guy now is how exactly is the BBQ?
Libby was pretty happy with the brisket. Some dryer parts but also some extremely tender, melty fatty bits that altogether had a great smokiness. The sides were good. A creamy potato salad that wasn't over the top in tang and the green beans were mild and had some sort of meat addition Libby couldn't identify. But the star of this show had to be the kielbasa...holy smoked sausage! So tender, with the perfect amount of char. It almost melted in your mouth and had so much flavor! Even Stella, with only her third tooth coming through bit into a skinless piece like it were softened butter! Her expression said it all. More!
Big Guys only offers 3 sauces, regular, spicy and mustard. The flavor of the regular and spicy were about the same, with only a bit more heat on the latter. Both were good but nothing to write home about. The mustard sauce was heavy on the vinegar with mustard to the extreme. Perhaps it would have worked well on the kielbasa, but who on earth would want to cover up any of that wonderful flavor? This place is definitely meat-first with sauces as an after thought.
Stella was right at home and seemed to be the entertainment of the evening for the few surrounding diners. She lapped up the attention along with a good portion of pulled pork, chicken, kielbasa and texas toast. Wow, what is this? A child eating meat?
Price-$-$$, Cheap even by bbq standards.
Atmosphere-* 1/2, Confusing ordering and decor. Nothing about the place said stop and stay awhile. FLOE will be happy with take out in the future.
Service-**, Order at the counter, you're brought the food and that's all she wrote.
Fred -A-, The only downfall was the pulled chicken which was fine once sauce was added. I just wish I had gotten the chance to ask if the kielbasa was house made since it was so amazing. North siders, it is worth the drive just to get a lick of that!
Libby -A-, Loved my kielbasa...that's right, MY kielbasa. ;) And the brisket was pretty delish too. Sides were not show stealers, but the potato chips, whether crispy or floppy, were straight up awesome!
Ozzy- A, Definitely no complaints and it didn't hurt having a kick butt bakery attached for dessert!
Estelle- A, Couldn't get enough of any of the bbq. The girl was chowin' down.