Smokin' Joint BBQ on 3rd
i went a week after it opened. the beef ribs that i had were delicious - tender & smokey - but the baby backs were kind of dry. mac & cheese was disappointing but the beans were wonderful.
our server was pretty bad and our ribs were cold when they arrived. sent them back and the chef came out to apologize profusely - he also sent us home with complimentary dessert: a giant piece of cherry pie that was absolutely amazing. i'll give them another shot...
went last night.
ribs and beans where high points.
mac 'n cheese was big disappointment. looked great but oddly devoid of flavor.
pecan pie was also quite good. and huge.
place was empty. doubt I'll go back unless I hear they've really stepped up. for those prices I'd expect to be a bit more wowed. but perhaps they'll still work out the kinks. and add some flavor to the mac.
The Ribs were really great. We ordered the beef and the baby back plates. The baby back were SUPER meaty, plump, and delicious, they had some kind of sweet rub that was lip smacking. The beef ribs were slightly anemic, but had a wonderful smokey flavor (the pork was not nearly as smokey). The beans were very good (and I'm not much of a bean person, their beans were a little different), the greens were fine, didn't seem as "steeped in flavor" as I like them, but they also weren't mush, which I appreciate --and they were topped with cripsy bacon bits -- nice. The bacon stuffed sweet onion, don't let the word bacon sway you -- it's a sweet onion with some kind of minced bacon jam kinda thing stuffed inside, good, but not "mmm bacon'y" like I was wanting it to be. Oh and you get a slice of pickle on your plate, it's sweet and spicy, don't mistake it for garnish you don't need to eat -- try it.
They've only been open a couple weeks I guess, and already the menu I saw online didn't exactly match the one inside -- namely the 7 bone rack of beef ribs, downgraded to 6 for some reason. Not that big a deal, but it irked me to know a few weeks ago I could have gotten one more bone ; ) $25 for a BBQ dinner (albeit a big one) seemed a little obscene to me, but when I considered that I was eating BBQ at 3rd and La Cienega, what did I think it would be? We went on tuesday night, and no one was there, we left around 7:30, and I think there were maybe 4 people there.
Babyback ribs smoked, concentrated fat/flavor and tasty. real good stuff.
Brisket juicy, lacked but flavor
Beef ribs -- mistake
mac and cheese - dry not cheesy
fries - really crisp tasty
catfish bites -- ruined by heavy mustard coat under soggy corn meal -- i like em crisp and no mustard
went on first nite open -- real promise with the ribs and i know they are just starting out. (ie needs to be bottles of barbeque sauce and hot sauce on tables; needs beer/liquor)
decor - too fancy/stuffy for my taste and for the food
service -- excellent and real nice folks working there who cared about our reactions and wanted to please/improve
I look forward to going back and sure they will improve -- the baby back ribs are solid.