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Alang May 31, 2004 07:52 PM

Is there a good barbecue restaurant in Providence RI

If not does any one have a suggestion for 5 guys on the road, not fancy but real good food?


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    johnnym Jun 1, 2004 11:31 AM

    Wes's Rib House is supposed to be good, at 38 Dike St in Providence. I never went myself, but others recommended it.

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    1. re: johnnym
      clarap Sep 28, 2007 07:25 AM

      Note: LJs has closed! Tried to go there a few days ago and it's but a memory in those parts. Phone number disconnected and everything.

      Instead we went to Tortilla Flats on Hope street in Providence, near campus, which was excellent. Big margaritas and fresh hot pickled salsa!

      1. re: clarap
        Frobisher Sep 28, 2007 08:01 AM

        LJ's s relocated to Hope St./East Ave. on the Providence/Pawtucket line. Is that the location that closed or are you talking about the old Douglas Ave spot?

        1. re: Frobisher
          basachs Sep 28, 2007 08:06 AM

          LJs is still very much open, I just called them.

          Tortilla Flats may be okay, but there are much much better mexican options in Providence. Since you mention the word "campus" I am going to take a stab and guess that you are student and perhaps new to Providence. Have fun exploring, a quick search of these boards will help guide the way.

          1. re: basachs
            Moonpie1 Oct 2, 2007 07:50 AM

            Oh, Jesus H....I just had a little mini-breakdown at the (thankfully, not accurate) news that LJ's was closed.

            LJ's is one of our favorite places to eat, for any meal, but I love, love the brunch. They have an LJ's Benedict, which is Eggs Benedict, on corn bread, w/pork BBQ instead of Canadian bacon, and w/chipotle hollandaise. I thought I would die, it was so good.

            They are very nice and welcoming there, and the food is excellent.

            1. re: Moonpie1
              modysoul Oct 3, 2007 06:53 AM

              I agree, the LJ's brunch is amazing! And it seems like no one knows about it, because it's always empty when we go there for brunch! I guess people would rather wait an hour for Julians Brunch.........

              1. re: modysoul
                Jenkins Oct 3, 2007 10:59 AM

                Big fan of LJ's, but I think when he moved into his new digs in Pawtucket he cleaned up his new place almost too much. It needs a little character, more stuff on the walls, more of a unique feel to it. Almost feels like a chain restaurant inside. Food rocks, though.

                1. re: Jenkins
                  atheorist Oct 3, 2007 06:38 PM

                  Cleaned up indeed. Best BBQ around but zero rib joint fun. No family style ordering. East Side rent and attitude are incompatible with simply digging into ribs and beer. And no draft.

                  1. re: atheorist
                    basachs Oct 4, 2007 07:21 AM

                    Its not on the East Side. Its in Pawtucket.

                    1. re: basachs
                      atheorist Oct 4, 2007 02:03 PM

                      Yeah, I know, but the Boulevard at the corner is Blackstone not Armistice.
                      The contraction for "It is" is spelled "It's."

                      1. re: basachs
                        Moonpie1 Oct 6, 2007 04:17 PM

                        It's on the east side/Pawt. line----all east side notions of rent (but not attitude! total generalization, not true) still apply.

                        I never got to the old location, so I have nothing to compare it to. We go there w/two kids and can get great food in the most un-stuffy of environments. I've got no complaints---maybe it does look a bit chain-ish inside.

                        I love the attentive service and wine recommendations there.

        2. re: johnnym
          jimmiah Oct 2, 2007 07:04 AM

          Wes's is ok, but it is awesome late night after a bottle of whiskey - they are open until 2 on the weekdays and 4 on friday and saturday

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          fatboy Jun 1, 2004 08:24 AM

          Try Memphis Road House. Is not in Providence but in Attleboro, MA which is on Route 1 about 15 minutes north of Providence.

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          1. re: fatboy
            Ron Jun 1, 2004 06:34 PM

            Try LJ's BBQ
            605 Douglas Ave
            Providence, RI 02908-1604
            Phone: (401) 274-1227

            1. re: Ron
              Ed Jun 2, 2004 09:27 AM

              LJ's is outstanding and the folks that operate it are really nice people. In addition to the meat dishes themselves most of the side dishes and desserts are homemade. Great pickles and cornbread and beans. I really like the pulled pork platter and usually order that but the ribs are excellent also. Nice pies also.

              1. re: Ron
                Bon Jun 2, 2004 04:28 PM

                LJ's is the BEST! I've been to the other mentioned, as well as Sticky Fingers, and LJ's seems to have the delicate balance of flavors not present in the other place's sauces. I absolutley hate Wes's Rib House, but others like it, so to each his own.

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