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Aug 22, 2010 02:42 PM

Sam's BBQ meat lunch

brisket was sublime, really awesome

Mutton, ymm. Not an every day treat (cardiologically speaking), but boy oh boy.

Looking forward to trying Franklin's which is always sold out when we are able to meander by, so Sam's was our back up. But I have to give a shout out to what is amazing 'cue (east side, way down on 12th, around 2 thousand block I recall).

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  1. I love Sam's. I've eaten there for over 20 years, though I don't get over as often as I did when I worked downtown. The brisket is indeed melt-in-your-mouth sublime. I also like their pork ribs and sausage. And I agree with you totally on the mutton. I've never seen it on any other BBQ menu!
    Lot's of history at Sam's: check out the autographed photos on the wall that survived the big fire in the early 90's. It's a popular after-hours spot, open till 4:00am, or, it used to be. There's a great short video on YouTube that captures the soul of the place. Just search Sam's BBQ.

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    1. re: pulleebone

      It's just too bad it's in a such a lousy, crack-ridden neighborhood. When I ignored a couple female would-be panhandlers (hookers) on the way in, they were purses and debating which one of them was going to stab me.

      I'll have to pass on Sam's from now on. Once was enough.

      Is Sam's even open for lunch? I got there at 5pm and any it5ems weren't ready yet.


      1. re: sqwertz

        The area may be a little spicy, but I've never had any problems after a dozen or more visits. Some good-natured ribbing from folks occurs, sure, but taken with humor and a smile, usually we all get along great.

        1. re: sqwertz

          Sam's opens at 11am.

          Knife wielding hookers aside they have some good barbecue. I usually get the smoked chicken, a good value at 4 pieces for under 5 bucks.

          Got a spare quarter mil? That's what the 600 sf bungalows in the "lousy" neighborhood are bringing these days.