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Freedom BBQ in Island Park

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Has anyone tried this new bbq place yet?

FYI-Bad Bob's in Oceanside says they're not opening until August now (fire marshall issues).

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  1. I went there on Tuesday eve with my wife. Nice looking place that is owned by the old owner of Outback in Merrick. He is a restauranteur who is jumping on the BBQ bandwagon. I had the 3 Meat combo platter, sauage, baby back & st louis ribs. Way to much MSG in the meat, left a horrid taste in my mouth at 3a.m.-yuck. Sides were ok as was the corn bread. Biscuits and maple butter were a hit with the wife. Coffee was very weak. Of course this was the second day he was open so I will probably give it one more try to see if he improves his product.
    Looking forward to seeing Bad Bob's open. I have met with the guys that own it and they are excited to bring real BBQ to Nassau County. These guys are the real deal and should put out some good product. I will wait and see.

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    1. re: Porky1

      Think there is a Bad Bob's at the Capri Marina in Port Washington? Someone recently mentioned it. Anybody been and is it the same? Thanks.

      1. re: pwrube

        Yes a bad boy opened about 3 months ago, Fast, OK food, stick with the pulled pork, stay away form the corn,clam strips. Great location right on the dock.

      2. re: Porky1

        Glad to hear about Bad Bob's- I've been doing drive-bys and calling for 2 months now, since I got coupons in the mail. Happily, they're next door to Ralph's, so the trip isn't wasted...

        1. re: Porky1

          Thanks, I think we'll give it more time and head over to Laura's in Bellmore. My 4 year old daughter only wants meat for her birthday dinner!

          1. re: karin

            Where in Oceanside is Bad Bob's ?

            1. re: albee

              Lawson, right by the train station, next to Ralph's ices.

          2. re: Porky1

            I went to Freedom BBQ on Sunday with my Boyfriend. The outside is a little bright but when you walk in there is someone holding the door for you and the interior is relaxing. The hostess that brought me to my table was very nice and very professionally dressed. They serve you warm biscuits and a maple butter when you sit which are a treat. for an appetizer we shared pulled pork blankets which i thought were very inventive and tasty. As an entree i got the Memphis Chicken which was the best chicken i have tasted in a while. the fries were so nicley seasoned and hit the spot. If your a ribs person you deffinatley have to make time to try their ribs because they are as close to perfect as ribs can be. They have 3 homemade sauces which vary in taste to suit every costumers preference. For dessert we shared the Deep fried twinkies which are to die for. I never heard of them until sunday and now i cant stop craving them. Overall the service was great, the hostess' were very hospitable and the food was delicous and i cant wait to go and eat there again soon.

            1. re: Porky1

              Just a response to Porky1...After your post I was concerned about the MSG. I actually asked the chef (very nice and informative) and he said they don't use MSG AT ALL. I have had some reactions to it, that's why I asked. He actually knew his stuff...he was interesting to speak with.

              Anyway...since they don't cook with it, we sat, we ate like hounds and enjoyed every bite. I asked for some extra biscuits...YUM YUM! I had the Memphis ribs and mac and cheese with veggies. Great portions for the price. Our waiters name was Seth...very nice and helpful with the menu.

              We loved it so much we went back again...this time I had the Memphis Chicken...and I gotta say...WOW!

              Porky you should give it another try, it's definitely worth it. About time a great BBQ place came to town.

              1. re: Porky1

                I ate there tonight, Nice looking place, very nice looking place. It was a step above fast food. They should have the food taste as good as the place looks. Went there with five other people everyone had the same thoughts.....

              2. I have not been there but I have not heard good things. The best place in the area is Swingbellies -- pretty good -- the side are just okay but I heard the place in the east side of LB is worse and I heard Freedom (from a women that was getting her nails done next to me) was the worse of all the BBQ that have popped up in LB/Island Park.

                1. I went there last Saturday and have mixed feeling about this place. I am a certified BBQ judge and judge BBQ competitions on a regular basis so I was excitd to see Freedom Open and was looking forward to trying it. The service was excellent and we were quickly greeted at the door and brought to outr table. Our waiter was great and made some excellent suggestions on the appetizers. The Wings were excellent as were the Asian influenced ribs. The food fell apart when we received the entrees. I ordered the BBQ platter which had pulled pork and ribs. I had asked for the pork without sauce so I could taste the pork's true taste and apply sauce myself. The waiter urged I try some sauce so I asked for very little of their SC mustard sauce. The pork came with tons of sauce on it and at first I thought they had given me pulled
                  chicken instead of pork due to its tough texture. I could not finish it, which is a rarity for me. As for the ribs, I asked for no sauce here as the menu offered "Dry Rub" as an option. This usually means you get it without sauce so you can taste the rub that was applied before the cooking of the ribs. What I got was a half slab of ribs drizzled with dry rub after it was cooked and just before serving. It was difficult to eat and I needed to apply plenty of their Kansas City BBQ sauce (not bad) to get the ribs down. In any event, the ribs were overcooked and dry, even with the sauce. In a BBQ competition, both the pulled pork and ribs would have scroed very low on texture and average on taste. My wife ordered the brisket and this as well would not have done well in a competition. Skipped desert and would not consider this place for BBQ.

                  1. I have not tried Freedom BBQ yet. I see a lot of talk about Bad Bobs on Lawson in Oceanside. Bad is exactly what it is!!! Dont even know where to begin. Got a nickle tour of the kitchen from the owner/manager who I knew. Was not thrilled with the appearance of the kitchen or the equipment they were using. He kept explaining to me how it was cheaper to buy this product instead of that and how much he was saving by buy this instead of that which had me wondering if he is willing to cut corners on the little things, what is he doing with the important things, like the cooking, prepping, cleaning,etc... After spending about 45mins to and hour talking BBQ seeing his knowledge was so so I still ordered a few items to go. I asked for a recomendation and was told the BBQ Balongea (spelling?) Which was ok, a fried piece of oscer meyer with rub and bbq sauce. I did order BBQ chicken which was raw (no not pink from the smoking process I know the difference) The pulled pork was like saw dust with BBQ Sauce and the brisket was BOILED!!! No smoke ring, no smoked flavor, grey boiled meat!!! Not to mention the side dishes were no bigger than a double stuffed oreo cookie which sent me around the bend. I never before gotten back in my car and returned a meal before until that day! The bar tender said that alot of people have been complaining about raw and under cooked food. The owner/manager tried to pass off the raw chicken as smoke, when told "you eat it then", he opted for the garbage can and refunded all of the money with apologies.
                    Bad Bobs in Oceanside has no business calling itself a BBQ Joint. Just because they have some awards that someone else won not them and fancy slogans on the walls does not make them a BBQ Joint. It was by far the worst BBQ / Dining expirience I've ever had. Dont waste your time or money going there!!!

                    1. Went by Freedom BBQ after last post, it is closed down already!

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                      1. re: HDT

                        NOT SURE WHICH FREEDOM you went to BUT the one in island park is still open

                      2. best bbq i have had is smokin al's in bayshore, which is suffolk , but not to deep, and word is they are opeing one in massapequa next year,

                        next would be big daddys who just added a smokehouse last year, and there ribs are awesome, served dry with the sauce on the side, and cooked with the dry rub, not added after-pink ribs, can pull off the bone with fingers,

                        and lastly is famous daves by the source mall, also a good joint, surprised no one mentioned these

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                          1. re: MKS

                            u sure, i just called the bayshore store they say they arent opened yet? hope to be by spring

                              1. re: MKS

                                I keep driving by the location where Al's is supposed to open (Park and Merrick) and there's no activity that I can see. The store is totally empty.

                          2. re: eomnonroe00

                            Famous Dave's is the Red Lobster of BBQ. Not otherwise worth mentioning.

                            1. re: eomnonroe00

                              I like Smokin' Al's. Good stuff. I believe that they are moving to Massapequa, not opening a second location.

                              As was mentioned, Famous Dave's is a chain akin to Red Lobster or Friday's. I wouldn't go there with all the other better options available.

                              I stopped by Sparky's Texas BBQ in Farmingdale (New Highway) a few days and I would try it again.

                              I enjoy Willie B's in Bay Shore, but they are take out only.

                              I've heard very good things about Swingbelly's.

                              Is it true that Farmers Bar closed?


                              1. re: motoeric

                                Please tell us about Sparky's The website is a work in progress.

                                1. re: MrPhil

                                  Someone I talked to said Sparky's got their bbq from somewhere else; I'll have to ask for details.

                                  1. re: MrPhil

                                    No, Sparky's certainly does their smoking on premises. I was there when the owners had left. It was last week when we had that fierce rain storm. I was talking Q with the bartender and he walked me through the kitchen and showed me the smoker. It's made by J&R Manufacturing of Mesquite Texas. It was on and they had pork butts in it. It's similar to a Southern Pride, but less wide and deeper.

                                    They have a sit down area with about 12 tables and a bar area with a full bar and about 9 tables.

                                    The food is pretty BBQ standard. Nothing major in the way of innovations or 'imported' BBQ standby's. No fried green tomatoes or collard greens.

                                    The sauce is a standard red sauce (KC) with a nice flavor and (I think) an alcohol kick.

                                    I got the sampler platter to go. It had brisket, chicken breast (skinless!) and pulled pork. It came with two sides. I had mac and cheese and beans.

                                    The food's only fault was that it was in the steamer to keep it warm too long. I liked it but I need to go again before I give it a strong endorsement.

                                    I was hoping to talk to the owner/pitmaster as I'm helping to run the NY State BBQ Championships in Sayville and I wanted to see if they were interested in competing. As he wasn't there the bartender showed me a binder that they have behind the counter. It was full of digital photos of events that they attended in the past. They have a beautiful rig for events and the food in the photos looked amazing.

                                    Again, I wasn't overwhelmed by the food while I was there, but I think that was attributable to circumstances. It was certainly good enough to go back and give it another shot.

                                    BTW, I forgot to mention that the portions were HUGE. The platter was $12.50 and I couldn't finish it all.


                                  2. re: motoeric

                                    Smokin' Al's website calls Massapequa a second location.

                                    Passed by there again, and there are finally big signs in the windows announcing "Coming Soon." Couldn't see much being done inside, though.

                                    1. re: motoeric

                                      Was at the Farmer Bar in the Fall. If it ever had been good, that was over by then, Service was awful, every table in the place rocked like a kid's toy. The food was lukewarm and greasy. The real test was failed in the backyard - no woodpiles, no smoker. Just another Sysco peddler to people who don't know real barbeque - Texas, Carolina, St. Louis, or otherwise.

                                      1. re: tootsie roll pop

                                        anyone else ever try big daddys in massapequa park? i cant get enough of their smoked wings finished in a spicy apple bbq sauce,

                                        1. re: eomnonroe00

                                          I was there recently and truth be told was not impressed with the bbq. St louies were over-cooked and over sauced, Brisket kinda bland and the pulled pork a little on the mushy side for my tastes. Sauces at the table were fine, and the carolina style sauce served with the pork, (asked for on the side and served that way), was tangy and well balanced. While the bbq was less than spectacular I think the cajun style menu that has been their mainstay fo many years is still one of the best around, (along with The Bayou in Bellmore).

                                  3. Freedom BBQ is no longer... It has re-open under new owner and new chefs and pitmaster as Island Smoke House. It has only been opened 2 weeks now. I have been in there but have not had the chance to eat yet. A friend of mine was in there tonight and said he had the brisket and the pork which he says was very good his wife had the baby back ribs to which she says they were also good but a little on the dry side. He also said they have a good menu and that they were very pleased at the over all expirience. Im going to try to get there sometime this week and will post afterward.

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                                    1. re: HDT

                                      A follow up to The Island Smokehouse. A friend and I stopped in for dinner tonight. We had a good dinner at a reasonable price. Over all experience was good and would go back again. We ordered a sampler platter that came with beef brisket, pulled pork and chicken and 2 sides, we chose mac and cheese and beans. All the meats had a good texture and were juicy. They were hickory & apple smoked. They were a little to saucey for my taste as I prefer them unsauced and like to add my own. They had 3 different style bbq sauces to try which were all good. The mac and cheese was super cheesey and the beans were a smoked red kidney bean without sauce that were very different, good but different. They also served biskets with maple butter that was delicious. This place has now been open about 4 weeks and they are still try'in to get there feet off the ground, if they are coming out of the box good this early in the game I only see it getting better for them and us as they keep going. I would say over all that they are worth taking the trip and giving them a try. They are in Island Park on Austin Blvd. Open 7 days a week.

                                      1. re: HDT

                                        We went to the new place where Freedom BBQ in Island Park WAS, Now called The Island Smokehouse.and had the WORST meal ever.
                                        And I mean EVER!
                                        I have only one work for it.
                                        The food was ever worse than the terrible, and amateurish service. Much worse. It was really Awful
                                        Forget about it go to Swingbellies in Long beach