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Pearson's BBQ at Legends Bar, STATUS?

sarahfannie Aug 22, 2007 05:46 PM

The most recent postings that I can find about pearsons/legends was in 2002. If you live in Jackson Heights or elsewhere in Queens and know anything about the status of this place please let me know!

I went there about 9 months ago with my boyfriend and we had an absolutely awesome meat-gasm. Plus we chatted it up with the owner and got some beers on the house. However, when I called a few months ago I heard that the BBQ was no longer there. Have I just been lied to?

Someone, please, throw me a bone!

Or...let me know your BBQ favs in the city. I like and cheap, dirty, and family owned places. No brother jimmy's or dallas bbq. Thanks!

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  1. Dave_G RE: sarahfannie Aug 22, 2007 07:23 PM

    It's Ranger Texas BBQ now. Pearson turned it over to his employees and after some initial growing pains they're turning out some good Q again.

    See: http://www.chow.com/topics/368353

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      david sprague RE: sarahfannie Aug 23, 2007 08:41 AM

      as stated below, Ranger -- which is run by the guy who cooked at the JH Pearson's for its entire run -- is open and hitting on all cylinders. i had negative experiences right after the opening, but since it's just a couple blocks from my home, it's been easy enough to return and be pretty blown away. brisket and ribs are better than the pork. they're closed on tuesdays.

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        NYEpicuriosity RE: sarahfannie Aug 23, 2007 01:15 PM

        I live a block away from The Ranger as it's now known and it's a pale comparison to the once great Pearson's. I've been there off and on over the past couple of months since the changeover and it's really nothing to rave about. I miss the different BBQ sauces and the excellent pulled pork and brisket they used to bust out. I find the brisket consistently bland, and everything else consistently inconsistent.

        I do love the bar though and the cast of characters that run through the place. Jerry, Coach and all those guys are great - and always shout free drinks to regulars and semi-regulars. It's just a real deal, unpretentious neighborhood bar.

        Also no offense to the chowhounds above - it's all just a matter of personal preference, and I totally respect their opinions. I may just be a bit jaded because I worked at Smokey's in LIC, when Pearson's changed over to Ranger, because I loved the Q there and wanted to learn more about it. Sadly though alot of people didn't think much of Smokey's and it went under...Again to each their own.

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          dizzyizzy RE: sarahfannie Aug 23, 2007 06:31 PM

          I love Texas Ranger BBQ. I usually go once a month. I think their ribs (pork and beef) are the best, although the brisket has consistency problems (it's usually still pretty good, but occasionally dry.) Don't get the pulled pork -- that's the worst thing they have there in my opinion. The ribs are always nice and smoky, and very meaty.

          They still have the different BBQ sauces (mild, medium, hot and insane, or something like that).

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            Odyssey RE: sarahfannie Aug 24, 2007 05:15 AM

            I've followed Pearson from it's origins in Stratford CT (with a shortlived mistep in Stamford) to LIC to various NYC outposts to Legends thru it's various ownerships.

            Thru up and downs over the years, who's perfect, it's been mostly ups.

            Currently it's very up. Within inches of the peaks achieved by Robert Pearson at his manic best.

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              NYEpicuriosity RE: sarahfannie Aug 24, 2007 06:41 AM

              Okay - I think that settles it then. I'm due for a visit!

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                pastoralia RE: NYEpicuriosity Aug 24, 2007 09:31 AM

                Do they have the cracked corn as a side like Pearson's used to have on the Upper East side?

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                  david sprague RE: pastoralia Aug 24, 2007 09:48 AM

                  they don't, although the potato salad -- with apples -- is the same as pearson's always served. on weekends, they have a delicious corn side that's kinda like a maque choux, as well as creamed spinach (if it's not busy, the guy can sometimes be persuaded to whip up something like the former).

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