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Tired a new place in Orangevale, Armadillo Willies. Texas style BBQ. Freaking fantastic.

Monday is all you can eat ribs day $11.99. I was going to have the ribs, chicken and sliced meat combo but the A.Y.C.E special seemed like a better deal. The ribs were fantastic.

The ribs came with Fires and a french bread. the fries are hand cut and fried twice. Why I have no idea but they were pretty good, much better than the frozen reconstituted ones you usually get. The bread was amazing. Really tasty.

They have some unique things on the menu too, among them peanut cole slaw and real hand scooped milk shakes and a pecan brownie ala mode..

In looking over some of the other diner's meals, all of the food looked excellent. the Tri Tip especially.

every Day they have a different special;

Mondays the A.Y.C.E. ribs.
Tuesday is Tri tip night
Wed is half off burgers (1/2 pounder for $3.50!)
Thursday is 1/2 off shakes (and did they ever look good)
Not sure of the others.
In searching this is chain with another location in Sacramento....

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Armadillo Willy's Roadhouse Barbecue
9267 Greenback Ln, Orangevale, CA 95662

Armadillo Willy's BBQ
3620 N Freeway Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95834

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  1. I believe there's also one on Douglas Blvd. in Roseville. The Sacramento Bee just reviewed it a few days ago in their ticket section. We live in Orangevale and we'll have to give it a try, thanks!

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    1. re: shellsbutt

      Call to see their specials....BTW< the map is lame, it is on Greenback between Hickory and Walnut.

      1. re: bennyboy1

        Okay been back twice since my original report.

        Once for lunch and again tonight for half price burgers.

        First, I got the days for the specials wrong.

        Monday is still AYCE ribs
        Tue is Tri Tip
        Wed is Milk shakes 1/2 price
        Thurs is 1/2 price burgers
        Fri is buy one get another 1/2 off any dinner
        Saturday (day) is 1/2 price burgers
        Sunday is 1/2 price salads.

        For lunch had the pulled chicken sandwich ($6.99) Huge bun. Fresh. The chicken was chunked rather than "pulled". Very tasty but a little light on the portion. BTW, they do not put Sauce on anything, you must add it yourself (I love that).Along witht he sandwich, I ordered the peanut slaw. Really good, almost like asian salad.

        Tonight I ordered the texas burger. (6.49 reg price) at 1/2 off. (BARGAIN!) Again the huge fresh bun. Nice patty,filled the bun and grilled to order. Came with a choice of sides and opted for a salad. Bagged lettuce with a good bottled blue cheese dressing.
        The burger came with grilled onions and lots of cheddar cheese with tomato, lettuce, mustard and mayo. There was also an onion ring on top of the patty, but it made the burger awkward to eat so I took it out and ate it by itself. It was very good and next time I will order an order of onion rings. The menu says the burger comes with BBQ sauce but again you have to add that.

        Easily the best 4 dollar burger I have ever had and even at full price a good value and way better than any burger around this area for the money (Denny's, Annies, Lyons, Carrows etc) pretty tasty.

        1. re: bennyboy1

          Okay, you've convinced me! I'm going to lunch there today. Thanks.

          1. re: shellsbutt

            Tell us whacha think!

            1. re: bennyboy1

              Okay, we went with the lunch deal- 6.99 for beef brisket or chicken sandwich, one side and a soda. I had the spicy peanut slaw, was great, thanks! My husband had the garlic bread, which he really liked. We also ordered some french fries and onion rings. They have a 50/50 deal for 2.99. The french fries are great, nice and crispy. The onion rings were too thick and big for my husband's tastes. He really liked the batter they were fried in though. The sandwiches were just okay. I liked my chopped chicken sandwich but the bbq sauce was a little too subtle for me. My husband said his beef brisket was burned, but I tried it and it had a better taste to me. Go figure. We will go again because my husband loves ribs, so we'll have to go back for the special on monday. I'd also like to try a milkshake. Can't pass up an opportunity for a good shake! Thanks for the recommendation.

              1. re: shellsbutt

                I think the sandwiches are a bit on the wimpy side. Did you put sauce on yours or eat it as it came with jsut the seasnoning it was cooked with? I have not had the brisket yet, myself. maybe tommorow.
                See ya on monday!
                I loved the rings, I like thick ones, so those are my kind of rings.

    2. Sadly both the Orangevale and Roseville outlets have closed down. Damn.

      There is going to be another Q place there in January

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      1. re: bennyboy1

        What a bummer! My husband and I went there twice after your initial review and loved it. Not enough customers? I really liked their shakes and fries, but not necessarily their bbq. Is there anything good to eat in Orangevale? Did you ever try the thai place in the same center?

        1. re: bennyboy1

          Do you know if the Freeway Blvd. location is still there? Sounds like a must try!

          1. re: dimsumgirl

            Yes, according to former staffers at the OV location the one in Natomas is still open.

            I have tried the Thai place and the person I was with loved it, but I am not a fan of thai food so I really don't know about it myself.

            And The location of Texas Willies will be run by o'Conners BBQ, I believe a local operation. Starts in January.

        2. I found another place with geat BBQ, it is the Railroad Cafe on Auburn and Old Roseville Road.
          I initially went there for breakfast, found it to be good, the owners very friendly and the place very clean.
          Yesterday, Saturday I tried the BBQ first time and loved it, so did my partner.
          I used to think that Sandra Dee's was the best in town, but like the flavor of this place better.
          Slow smoked meats with a great sauce that made me lick my fingers.
          I tried a combination with Ribs and Brisket and one with Ribs and Chicken.
          Both came with a selection of side dishes, I had green beans and potatosalad, the other plate came with beans as well and cole slaw.
          Salads ok, beans great, meats spectacular.
          This would be an option for those who like a place closer to town.
          The two owners, a young couple, seem to really have their heart in the right place, but due to their locationand lack of advertisement are not getting the business they deserve.
          Keep in mind they are only open to 3 PM most days.
          Oh yeah, they play Louisiana music, makes it kind of unique.

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          1. re: mausi

            Railroad Cafe

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            Railroad Cafe
            1844 Auburn Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95815

            1. re: mausi

              do they do weekend b'fast? would it be easy for someone staying in Midtown to find?