is there ANYTHING worthwhile to eat at the PNE?
With 99% of the stuff served at the PNE I would agree about it being overpriced and very bad value for things that don't taste that good.
I was pleasantly surprised this year though with one stand - Smoke and Bones.
These guys are the real BBQ deal. Unfortunately they don't have a restaurant and primarily focus on catering. But during the PNE they are setup with a stand at the fair so you can sample their goods.
I tried both the brisket and pulled pork sandwiches. Both were pretty generous portions - a very good value.
The pulled pork had a light smokiness without being overpowering. The meat was perfectly tender, and it combined well with the not overly mayoed slaw. A very nice sandwich!
The brisket was the star of the show. Perfectly executed with a good bark and nice smoke flavour. The fat had been rendered properly but still the brisket was very moist. They really did a good job on the brisket. I would love if they offered a sliced version instead of just the pulled version. But as part of the pulled version there were a few larger chunks that gave the taste of being sliced as well. Nice contrast! I really enjoyed this sandwich.
I wish these guys would open up a restaurant and give the other sub-par BBQ options around town a run for their money!