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Southerners brag about their admittedly first-rate barbecue, but can they say their down-home joints started with a French-trained toque stoking the pit fires? That distinction is awarded to this acclaimed Hell’s Kitchen rib shack—before founding the restaurant in 2003, Adam Perry Lang cooked in renowned fine-dining temples like Le Cirque and Daniel. Despite such upscale roots, this bare-bones haunt is a rustic love letter to the South: Mason jars brim with sweet tea, tarnished horseshoes are nailed to the wood walls, and below-the–Mason-Dixon barbecue is slapped onto red trays at the counter up front. Load up on rub-heavy Memphis pork ribs ($15.90 per half rack), fragrant with paprika and mustard seed, and $5 fixins like creamy corn laced with New York cheddar, and brown-sugar–whipped sweet potatoes so sugary good, they could moonlight as dessert.
The Kansas City Sweet and Sticky Ribs take first prize—not evident by their name is their smoky flavor. The saucy Carolina pulled pork and the pulled chicken are both satisfyingly scrumptious. And the delicious, hearty baked beans sport pieces of bacon.
We've been fans of this far West Side joint since it opened in 2003. While it's certainly a hike from most of civilization—it's surrounded by car dealerships, The Daily Show's studio and the West Side Highway—diners are rewarded with a choice of dry and sticky ribs, as well as huge beef ribs and numerous sides (try the rustic corn with NY State cheddar!). Prices for their eat-in plate specials depend on the kind of meat: For $17.90, you can get four ribs plus two sides; Tennessee Whisky Beer Can Style Half Chicken is $14.90 (with two sides); and the Flintstones-sized Oklahoma Jumbo Beef rib is $36.90 (with two sides).
One highlight is the Big Pig Gig: For $479.99, you and 11 of your hungry friends can feast on a 30-pound pig, complete with Creamy Cole Slaw, Texas Toast, and two more sides of your choice. There's also a Half Pig, $239.90 for six, and a Whole Pork Butt, 149.90 for six. These are also available for delivery! (Jen Chung)
Sunday 12:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Monday 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday - Friday 11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday 12:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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