Maybe I'm just bitter, but I didn't love the fact that I showed up exactly when it started and was told all the tickets were sold out. So I was only able to try ribs from two places, and a bunch of booths didn't have any barbecue items for sale.
I think in general most outdoor festivals like this have a hard time dealing with the crowds the right way. The ribfest certainly did not change my mind, as I think they should have saved some of the tickets to be sold at the event.
I had dinner at ECG last night. Arthur told me that East Side Bar & Grille won, but he attributed it not to the quality of their food, but rather that they had won the crowd over with a showy display including a portable smoke and free t-shirts!
BTW, last night ECG was featuring a special of some beautiful hot peppers that Chris Schlesinger had grown in his garden, grilled with olive oil and salt. I ordered some and used them to top my burnt ends sandwich. Delicious!
We went and got more food than anyone could eat, we thought ahead and brought a backpack and some containers, so we have BBQ for the week.
ECG was pretty good, even better when you blagged some inner beauty BBQ sauce. East side did some tasty ribs as did Pugs surprisingly.
ad in the proof folks have different opinions I couldn't even start the Hungry Mother's "rib" sandwich as I found it so awful.
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