BBQ in Olympia
I was watching a show on the Food Network called the Grill Girls and they featured two women from Olympia who won a lot of BBQ competitions and opened two restaurants called Ranch House BBQ. It sounded worth checking out. Has anybody been?
Definitely, if you're in the neighborhood. I don't recall details, but we were favorably impressed. The original restaurant is located out to the west of town, off Hwy 8 toward the coast. They've opened a second place with a simplified menu in downtown Olympia.
IMHO it is not very good bbq. An article in today's Olympia about the pit boss revealed that she relies on fruit woods for smoking and pictured her spraying apple juice on ribs that were being prepared in one of those round grills. It may be that I don't care for her choice of woods and "mops". And, ribs are better prepared in a smoker at about 225 degrees, not on a grill. The beans were quite tasty. But the q was not good enough to merit a return trip.
I just went to this place on the way to AND from Pacific Beach this week. I personally thought it was delicious. I had the pulled pork sandwich and it was a melt in your mouth delight. I've never had such tender pork...anywhere. I brought home a big pile of pulled pork and brisket home for my boyfriend and he was pretty impressed too. I had a side of beans that were fabulous and the potato salad was good, but too much celery for my taste. Wish I lived closer!
Gotta say I love the Ranch House BBQ - especially the ribs. The sides I can live without and do better myself, but the ribs is really really really nice. Mmmm. Might have to go soon.
It's DANGEROUSLY close to my office, and we fall prey on a regular basis for lunch, followed by a pleasant post-prandial stupor, tolerated by the boss. (PS I'm the boss.)
I finally had the chance to stop by the express on the way back from Portland. I had the brisket and I gotta say, it's the worst I've had. The meat was dry. It had no smoke ring and one side had a quarter inch layer of charred, burnt, rock-hard meat. They were so skimpy with their sauce that the dry brisket was awful. People next to us seemed to be enjoying their pulled pork.