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snoboardbabe77 Jul 31, 2008 12:57 PM

Chowers-I have a reservation here tonight after seeing Food Network's Road Tasted with the Neely's. I've browsed the menus and have seen SOME reviews for this place-some good, some not.

What's the word? Do I keep my reservation or go elsewhere tonight?

Thanks!

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  1. MSPD Jul 31, 2008 02:03 PM

    Sure. It's a fine place to go for BBQ in MSP. It's not mind-blowing by national standards but you could do a whole lot worse.

    On a side note, I'm shocked that you need reservations to get into Market BBQ on a Thursday evening. What's up with that?

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      snoboardbabe77 Aug 1, 2008 05:09 AM

      MSPD - We did go to Market BBQ and no, for 7:45, I didn't need a reservation but the reason I made it--was because on opentable.com, you get points for making reservations at restaurants and once you've accumulated a certain amount of points, you receive dining checks (worth $) towards restaurants. That's the only reason I made a reservation.

      Consequently, you are right. The BBQ is not mind-blowing, the joint is fairly no frills -- but the food was good and plentiful, the tab wasn't outrageous ($58.34) for a full slab of ribs, a BBQ pork sandwich, a little squealer (mug included) and a glass of cab. The service was prompt, knowledgeable and courteous - the ribs came as described - not fatty and greasy as I have seen in some other threads, the hot sauce had a hint of cinnamon and a nice zesty kick at the end, the french fries were crisp and the coleslaw nice and cold. We went into the bar area afterwards for a beer and to watch the Twins game-that seemed to get busier after 8:30.

      Living in St Paul with all my options, I probably didn't need to go over to Minneapolis for it, but it was worth a try.

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        cheeseguysgirl Aug 1, 2008 06:02 AM

        Sorry I didn't see this yesterday. I share your experience. Worth a try once, not horrid, but mediocre at best. There are some worse (Rudolph's, with it's really dry, dry meat), and probably some better (Maybe that guy who sells only on Saturdays on University which I have not tried yet, for fear of being disappointed again). Definitely not destination-worthy, more "oh, there it is and it happens to be meal time, I guess I can stop the car...".

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          soupkitten Aug 1, 2008 10:03 AM

          big daddy's! and he is now *friday(!)* and saturday bbq. if you are pining for good bbq and haven't visited big daddy-- really, you must!

          speaking of bbq-- down the street from market bbq, in the space formerly occupied by big e's soul food/bbq-- there is a new bbq place? called not big e's but "d's" or "b's" or "lmnop's"-- someone's initial anyway. are they officially open and have any bbq hounds sampled the wares?

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            snoboardbabe77 Aug 1, 2008 12:31 PM

            Soupkitten-

            I go by Big Daddy's every Saturday when I'm out running errands (I live by Como). The smells are great. Perhaps I'll have to stop over there for CH fiance. I'm not such a huge fan of the stuff. I heard he only serves a few things?

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              clepro Aug 1, 2008 04:46 PM

              He has beef and pork ribs, tips, and chicken. Sides of potato salad and cole slaw. Plus every order gets paired with a slice or two of white sandwich bread and a small cup of sauce.

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                soupkitten Aug 1, 2008 04:59 PM

                thanks Clepro. i had written a long response to Snoboardbabe which apparently got lost in all of the the tech stuff going on on the site today & i didn't have time to re-post.

                long story short, get pork ribs at big daddy's! they are always very very good and maybe 18% of the time they are bbq nirvana. the beef ribs are also very good and a little unusual-- unctuous and fatty, eat while hot or they coagulate. imo the chicken is a little dry (still good), the sides of potato salad & coleslaw ($1) ea are nothing special. the biz is 99% take-away, so pick up some ribs some saturday, good stuff!

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                  clepro Aug 2, 2008 06:38 PM

                  Agree with every bit of your post, soupkitten. Although you didn't mention the tips, which can be a little corner of mini heaven too.
                  I also love the man manning the smoker. He's my kind of man: jaunty hat, obscured in smoke, and slapping ribs on a grill.

                  And the sauce is good. Not too sweet, not too spicy. Tastes a little nothing on its own, but perfect on a dipped rib.

                  Oh yeah!! Just talking about it makes me want it. Why, or why, didn't I go over there today?!

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