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Satchel's BBQ Ann Arbor

melis_d Feb 23, 2011 09:47 AM

DH and I very much enjoyed take-out from Satchel's this past weekend. It's Carolina style BBQ. We had brisket and pulled chicken with the typical vinegar-based BBQ sauce. The meat was tender, flavorful and well-smoked. Sides were also fairly good -- really good mac and cheese, great slaw (very finely chopped but not soupy) and decent corn bread. The texas toast was not much more than bread; I'd expected something more like garlic bread. As we don't eat pork we didn't try the ribs, greens or beans, but other customers seemed to be enjoying them. The portions are reasonable but not huge. The two of us and our five year old shared two plates and there was enough left over for DH to have a good sized sandwich the next day.

The restaurant itself is fairly rustic with a few long family style tables and a menu written on butcher paper. The staff were all very friendly and service was pretty efficient for opening weekend.

All in all, we're excited to welcome a decent restaurant to our neighborhood.

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    moose734 RE: melis_d Feb 24, 2011 04:28 PM

    Had dinner from here tonight . I really enjoyed the brisket and mac n cheese.

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      berkleybabe RE: melis_d Feb 26, 2011 12:04 PM

      Address, please? I love Carolina BBQ the most, so it's a go-to for me!

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        VTB RE: berkleybabe Feb 26, 2011 02:31 PM

        Washtenaw, west of Huron Pkwy (by Whole Foods).

        please post to let us know how you thing it compares, BB

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          berkleybabe RE: VTB Feb 26, 2011 05:25 PM

          Will do! You, too, interested in your take on it.

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        brooktroutchaser RE: melis_d Sep 15, 2012 06:47 PM

        Satchel's is pretty darn good. The smell from the parking lot is hardwood smoke and that carries forward to the meat. Ribs, brisket, pulled pork are all bathed in that aroma. Sides are okay. This is not a drive for an hour destination joint, but for a Midwestern college town, this is good 'cue. Prices are fair. Try the house sauce.

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          brentk RE: brooktroutchaser Sep 16, 2012 10:48 AM

          Looking at the website and the menu, it sure doesn't seem to be Carolina style BBQ, as per the OP's comment, but it sounds like it is pretty good.

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            Jim M RE: brentk Sep 16, 2012 02:22 PM

            The owner is from Alabama, I believe. I find it more like the Deep South styles. Can be uneven, but can be very good—I think it's worth the money.

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              berkleybabe RE: Jim M Sep 25, 2012 04:11 PM

              Jim would you travel from RO/Berkley for dinner?

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                Jim M RE: berkleybabe Oct 3, 2012 07:01 AM

                Oh, probably not. There should be other places equally good and closer.

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