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Red Bones at Davis - worth it?

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Has anyone eaten here recently, and if so, how was the experience?


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  1. I love Redbones. Never been disappointed. I especially like their selection of sauces and the delicious cornbread.

    But I'm from New England and don't have any preconceptions about what "real" BBQ should be.

    1. We go more for the festive atmosphere and the beer than the food, plus it's right in our 'hood. We were there this past Wednesday. His brisket sandwich was "okay" (he thinks it pales in comparison to Blue Ribbon and keep in mind that he spent 6 years in TX). I had the grilled fresh fish of the day (mahi mahi) - cooked better than I expected...not at all dry. So I can't complain. Cornbread was good, fries had potential but were on the soggy side. A couple of people in my group ordered the stout and were mightily disappointed - they were beyond flat and they just tasted "icky.". They are featuring beers of the Northwest right now, and the Maritime pale ale was good, though. If you do go, try to snag one or two of the kitchen counter seats - you can watch and banter with the hard-working, friendly guys in the kitchen. They'll send out complimentary small plate after small plate until you beg for mercy. Then, be sure to pin a healthy tip to the laundry line - definitely the best seat in the house. In general, Blue Ribbon gets much better reviews on this board (however, they have no beer).

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      1. re: a l i c e

        Did you happen to notice if they have Fat Tire as part of the featured beers? Thanks!

        1. re: Angel Food

          Couldn't remember, so I checked out the website (which is usually up-to-date). Currently, no Fat Tire.

          1. re: Angel Food

            had the amazing pike xxxx stout...unreal ... i think most of the beer was from OR/WA/MT not so much CO

            1. re: MaineRed

              I guess I was thinking of Fat Tire as NW because I enjoyed it in Seattle this summer! I still check it out though. Thanks!

        2. I'm not a huge rib fan, so I often get the fried catfish, and have had good luck with other fish dishes as well. DH usually gets the St. Louis or baby back ribs and is generally happy with them. We also like the greens, though sometimes they could use a bit more draining. . . Our experience has been that if you don't like something, say so, and they'll take it off your bill. Sitting at the counter is really fun!

          1. Probably my second favorite full-service BBQ place around. I think East Coast Grill has better execution, but the prices are definitely harder. Is the food transcendant at Redbones? No. But I think the value is outstanding. Even with beers, a stuffed belly, and tax and tip it's tough to spend more than $20-25 per person.

            Don't like the beef ribs at all. Really enjoy the BBQ hash, the pulled pork, and the St. Louis ribs.

            Third the kitchen counter recommendation.

            1. I like Redbones a lot. I recommend it.

              1. Oh, it's worth it. I like sitting up on the stools near the kitchen. I love the chicken fried steak. And the Wheel of Beer is a sentimental favorite.

                However as someone said above, for better bbq, try Blue Ribbon in Arlington.

                1. I'll reiterate what several said above. I would prefer Blue Ribbon for much better BBQ ribs. I had a mixed plate of ribs, and none of them were very tender. However, it's a fun place with good beer near the T. I've enjoyed the catfish.

                  1. I had the The Barbeque Belt found on their dinner menu. There had to be close to 3 lbs. of meat on that plate. The food was good but everything tasted the same. No distinguishing tastes whatsoever. Pork shouldn't taste like beef and the same vice versa. We ate
                    downstairs - nice vibe. I enjoyed it. I make Redbones a usual stop when I'm up that ways.

                    Link ---> http://www.redbones.com/

                    1. Is Redbones worth it? Absolutely. It's fun. It's cheap. The food will make you happy even if there's better elsewhere.

                      1. Redbones has excellent succotash! Not what most people look for in a BBQ place, but I'm not a huge meat-eater so that's a big plus.

                        1. I always preferred Uncle Petes to Red Bones.... Though Red Bones ribs are better than Blue Ribbon but Blue Ribbons burnt ends are fantastic... but now that i am a vegetarian all that goes out the window!

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                          1. re: Redhohoho

                            Again, I think most of us agree that the barbecue is better elsewhere: Blue Ribbon; Uncle Pete's; East Coast Grill. But as to whether Redbones is worth it, I think the answer still is a resounding yes, given the prices and the overall atmosphere.

                          2. I think the food is a waste of calories. Blue Ribbon BBQ is way better imo. But I like the bar because of the beer selection.

                            1. Agree with all of the comments above. I'll add that our favorites are the Memphis ribs, fried "catfish fingers," chicken wings, homemade sausage, succotash, mac & cheese, and corn pudding.


                              1. Red Bones used to be much better and there barbecue isn't the best around but they do have a great selection of apps you can't get most other places like fried okra, potlikkers, etc. That makes it worth the trip (along with the beer)!