The Pub BBQ on Hall Rd (DTW)
Went to The Pub BBQ on Hall Rd (west of Schoenerr in north Sterling Hts) a couple weeks back. It was getting some good reviews on (yawn) another website. I should have known better, given that restaurant’s website boasts, “The hottest DJ on Hall Rd.” On one level, that is worth a chuckle, but on another, it is kind of depressing for my kid’s future here.
Anyway, the food was surprisingly consistent. Unlike Penny Black, absolutely everything was at least edible. Not bad if you want to watch a game on one of their fifty TVs. That being said, certainly nothing was worth driving for more than a couple miles.
The cornbread and coleslaw were fresh and not too sweet. The beans did not have pasty or sour or sweet flaws. The pulled pork was juicy, bordering on watery. It was cleanly trimmed, but severely lacked smoke. The brisket probably came in last place. It had nothing particularly good going for it, other than that the kitchen worker had taken a piece of USDA Select (Choice would be stretch), rubbed it with liquid smoke and salt, wrapped it in foil and baked it low & slow. With a little barbecue sauce it was fine. No real harm had been done to the meat, such as microwaving or the application of bulk garlic salt and goo.
My two meats + two sides + cornbread was $15 menu price. I’ll admit that it was good enough that I made the effort to take the leftovers home, but just barely. My kid loved the mac n cheese, which surprised me because it looked as if the sauce had broken and had gone a bit dry. Better than Velveeta, apparently.
If you prefer mediocre food over bad food, and you can stomach Shelby Twp-ish, strip mall, macho guy clientele (red & white zebra pattern Red Wings caps on backwards, tribal biceps tattoos and shirts with the Tap Out mixed martial arts logo), then The Pub BBQ is a decent enough, I guess.