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J.C.'s Barbecue--new in MPLS

alpa chino Mar 24, 2010 02:37 AM

Has anyone been to this bbq joint? I drove past it a week ago on Broadway ave.
It was formerly Harold's chicken shack. I didn't mind Harold's---not great, not bad.

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    getgot211 Aug 7, 2010 09:21 AM

    well, found out the hard way its no longer a BBQ place...that sucks.

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    1. re: getgot211
      Bobannon Aug 7, 2010 10:14 AM

      What is it?

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        getgot211 Aug 7, 2010 12:04 PM

        sign outside says 'harolds chicken'. menu says 'JC's taste of chicago'. saw fried chicken, catfish and that type of stuff...didn't try anything, was disappointed so just left.

        edit: ahh, the harolds thing is left over from even before the bbq it seems.

        1. re: getgot211
          kevin47 Aug 7, 2010 11:34 PM

          I drove by and saw the Harold's sign as well.

          That's terrible. How many chicken and catfish joints do we need?

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            MSPD Aug 8, 2010 05:13 PM

            Especially since you can get great catfish a couple blocks away at El-Amin's.

            This sucks.

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              KTFoley Aug 8, 2010 06:54 PM

              Is it possible that we need a real reconnaissance mission? Someone who has read the posts, knows that the Harold's sign &related advertisements are from a previous incarnation on that spot, and would be willing to persevere in reading/ordering from the current menu?

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                Mr_Dan Aug 17, 2010 11:03 PM

                I stopped there today. No longer BBQ. getgot211 is right. They had a killer Italian beef for pretty cheap, though.

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      cat.in.mini.apple Apr 1, 2010 05:55 PM

      Just went tonight! Take-out only, it was quick (5 minutes' wait), delicious and a great deal. Meat fell off the bone. Lots of sauce. Coleslaw, fries and bread come free. Can't wait to check out the Sunday Brunch (which is also take-out only).

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        NDitty24 Jul 14, 2010 11:58 AM

        A buddy of mine and I went to check out JC's for lunch today. The place is bascially take out, but we ended up staying and eating on the benches that they have there.

        My buddy ordered the beef rib and hot link combo while I ordered the ribtip and hot link combo. Both orders came with a bunch of fries and some coleslaw. We both thought the ribs were pretty good; very tender, but could use a little more smoke. The rib tips were very good. I consider Art Song's to have the best tips in town, and I'd say these were pretty close; worth coming again. The hot links were definitely spicy and but good. They were coarse ground. I thought the fries were decent. Best fries in town, imo, are at Roosters BBQ. The BBQ sauce was a little sweet, but I really liked it. I prefer a thinner BBQ sauce and that's what this is. It would be interesting to see them come out with a spicier sauce, but I was pleasantly suprised with the sauce here.

        Overall, I'd say JC's is pretty good. Iwill definitely go back again.

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          galewskj Jul 15, 2010 11:38 AM

          I made a special trip to this place, got there last saturday at 1:30pm, and the sign on the door says they're open 3pm to 10pm. I was a bit annoyed. Just warning others who might try to do the same.

          I was not about to hang around that neighborhood for an hour and a half.

      2. MSPD Apr 1, 2010 11:34 AM

        Ditto -- outstanding first impression. It was easily worth the drive across the city for lunch.

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          MSPD Apr 15, 2010 07:36 AM

          Just to expand -- I still haven't been enough times (three so far) to qualify as an expert on this place, but last night I stopped for ribs and these were easily the best ribs I've had in MSP in recent memory and one of very few BBQ items that even had me mentally comparing to ribs in KC and parts SE. The smoke is there, the texture is there and the flavor is balanced.

          I've also had the rib tips twice -- once, they were outstanding, the second time, they were good but not great. Part of the problem on the second trip was that they sauce had a heavier molasses flavor. The silver lining though is that it implies that they make their own sauce (only one is offered). I also really liked the pork hot link and last night they had a sweet potato pie that was devoured without any reservation.

          I also like that there are no pretenses there at all -- you walk in and there's an ordering window and benches to wait. Bare white walls and no kitchy decor. BBQ preferences vary so widely I hate to say it, but based on my personal preferences, JC's competes (with Ted Cook's IMO) for the best BBQ in MSP.

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            alpa chino Apr 15, 2010 08:40 AM

            Do me a favor and check out this place:

            I just want to know how it compares to JC's. I'm looking forward to tasting this pastor's bbq--I haven't tried it yet.

            1. re: alpa chino
              MSPD Apr 15, 2010 09:21 AM

              I first posted about Pastor Hamilton's on here almost 6 years ago, although it has been some time since I've stopped in, so I can't make a valid side-by-side comparison. Here's the link:


              You can set your search on here to go to all Midwest boards/all years and see several threads on Pastor Hamilton's, many of which include my opinions.

              A couple things JC's has over almost every other BBQ place in MSP, including Pastor Hamilton's -- outstanding french fries (not that I go to BBQ places for fries) and lower prices. A half rack of ribs, a hot link the size of a bratwurst, a mountain of fries, a tiny little thimble of cole slaw and a slice of sweet potato pie set me back all of $13 which is less than most places charge just for the half-rack itself.

              1. re: MSPD
                type2runner Apr 15, 2010 07:45 PM

                Had the pork link tonight and i *really* liked it. For me, just a tad spicy but not overly so. Easy enough to bite through the skin, but some resistance.

                Also tried the chicken...dark meat. Very Very good. tender. meaty. saucy.

                Fries were good. some were soggy from sauce, but no soggy greasy.

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          alpa chino Mar 27, 2010 11:27 AM

          Finally made a trip. I ordered the small rib tips. The meat was juicy and soft. The sauce was mild and sweet. The fries were great and the coleslaw is very unique--not too creamy. Definitely a good alternative to my standard Ted cook's.
          I'm looking forward to their fried chicken on sundays. Last week it was turkey & pork chops.
          Thumbs up to JC's.

          And I found out for myself that the chicken on the menu is bbq'd--not fried.

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            type2runner Mar 26, 2010 04:42 PM

            Friday night take out.
            Good ribs. meaty. saucy. falls off the bone. very little fat. Nice flavor in the sauce.
            fries were not hot when they got home, and were laced with bbq sauce, which made them pretty tasty. Small container of cole slaw that definately tasted made rather than bought, with a tinge of onion, small pieces of cabbage.

            Definate thumbs up, with plans to return.

            1. buenosds Mar 24, 2010 12:38 PM

              just came back fro JC's for lunch....had large order of rib tips, outstanding! smokey, moist, yummY! the fries look and taste freshly made and the coleslaw didn't taste like supermarket stuff most definitlly great! really filled me up and as you can see by the picture, it was worthy! The owners are great people. go there and tell them your a chow hound, they'd love to hear it.....ask them the menu of the Sunday Brunch...mouthwatering stuff! GO THERE>>>>>NOW!

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                alpa chino Mar 25, 2010 03:38 AM

                Wow. Nice report and thanks for the pics. Is the chicken on the menu fried or bbq'd?

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                  tda Mar 25, 2010 10:37 AM

                  The before and after pictures are great!

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                  doctor k Mar 24, 2010 09:16 AM

                  Um, where is this at?

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                    SmartCookie Mar 24, 2010 11:58 AM

                    This is the address I got off the web, didn't see a web address though.

                    (612) 522-1114
                    2117 W Broadway Ave
                    Minneapolis, MN

                    1. re: doctor k
                      getgot211 Apr 30, 2010 07:54 PM

                      just had some a bit ago, thought it was pretty good. prices have gone up a smidge since that first menu above but still, $11 for a 1/2 slab and that tasty 'hot link' was WELL worth it for me.

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