East Coast BBQ in Pompano Beach
I checked out East Coast BBQ last night. This is a decent sized place for a BBQ place, maybe too big for the biz. There’s not much road frontage here so they will have to market themselves. The smoke smell inside was just like a Q joint should be. They offer ribs, pork, brisket, sausage, chicken, and turkey along with sandwiches and salads.
I had a half rack St. Louis style ribs, mac n cheese, and baked beans with cornbread and 2 slices of brisket on a side request. The smell of hickory came from the smoker as they opened the doors. The ribs were really good with a nice char from the sauce. The meat was really well smoked except a bit more smoke flavor would have been nice. I prefer a deep smoke flavor where most of the general public would not. The crunchy char from the sauce made them really good and not much additional sauce is needed.
Brisket was picture perfect with a beautiful pink smoke ring but a bit on the dry side. I know how tough it is to keep brisket moist the entire time till serving, so I don’t knock them on that. A bit of their single offering darker type sweet sauce on it made it not as bad. Mac n cheese was too dry and needed more cheese sauce than just cheese on the pasta. Baked beans were good and so was the cornbread.
Overall, ribs and brisket were very good and run a close 2nd best I have had. I will say they are better than Tom Jenkins and Ga. Pig in my opinion. On a Tuesday night, there were only 3 people who came in after me to eat in. I saw maybe 2 to go orders being picked up. Sadly, I am not sure if they can make it in this bigger type place without more customer support. I have noticed a lot of restos being empty in the last year. Hopefully, this place will survive.
East Coast BBQ
949-B E. McNab Road, Pompano Beach
Open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday
It's not a rumor Charlie. Karen and I drove down for lunch last Saturday and when we got there we couldn't tell if they were open. So I went inside and ended up speaking with the owner who said he had closed up the previous day. Apparently his business has been way off since January when they started construction on a bank branch by tearing up the parking lot in front of the restaurant. The spot he was in wasn't great to begin with and this certainly didn't help. He tried to make some sort of accommodation with his landlord but when that didn't happen he decided to close before getting in too deep.
He did say he planned to reopen and would be looking for a location a little further north but who knows. Maybe he'd be interested in the empty Smokehouse location on Federal in Boca.
They seem to be doing fine, I eat there every couple of weeks. For a one man gang it is definately too big of a place but he may pull it off. Once had a very fuzzy(dry) side of mac when i was there but he personally made every effort to make it right. As with freakerdude the only thing I can say is brisket can be a little dry but damn tasty always. I think I first went there in july and it has gotten a little more polished each time. Time will tell, I wish him luck
I've eaten at East Coast BBQ twice, for lunch and agree that more marketing is essential -- no one Iknow has heard about it (and it is virtually invisible from the street).
I had the pulled pork sandwich and the beef brisket on my two visits. The pulled pork was good, but the price point at about $8 was a bit high (compare to Nelson's Diner on Cypress Road that has an excellent pulled pork sandwich for $6.00. The beef brisket was good too, although I'm usually not a bbq beef fan.Good baked beans, but coleslaw is rather bland (bagged cabbage).
Worth a trip to eat there, but I doubt it will become your favorite bbq place.