>> Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Tonight we are The Greek, Master P, Scarlet, Mr. R & Me...Pippi.
We decide to have BBQ because I canceled the backyard type at my house due to chilly weather...that is Michigan. As far as bbq in detroit, the only other place we have reviewed thus far is Lockhart's in Royal Oak, and we did not totally love them. I have higher hopes for Rub.
I didn't collect our servers name, but we did have good service, no complaints here. For appetizers, we started with the burnt ends...in order to compare them to Lockharts. They were good, more saucy and tender than Lockharts. But I think Lockhart's burnt ends may have been more traditionally what they are supposed to be like...more crusty and syrupy.
We then proceed to order entrees with many many sides.
Mr. R has the brisket and said it was "good". No other description. Same for Scarlet and her mac & cheese with pulled chicken. "Good". Master P enjoyed a a combo "bases loaded" platter with pulled pork, brisket and andouille sausage.
While I very much enjoyed baby back ribs...
The rub on the ribs is excellent. Much like our other local bbq places, there is a variety of sauces on the table. Here, I find interesting that the Detroit sauce tastes like a coney...how apropos. My favorite sauces are the Memphis & Kansas City. I like sauces that are spicy and sweet. Of course, everyone has their own preferences on sauces, but there is enough variety here to make everyone happy.
As for the sides, the baked beans and greens are great. The sweet potato fries and mash are awesome. The green beans taste canned. The corn bread is too dry for our taste.
For dessert, our server talks us into the deep-fried twinkies. I have heard of this but never actually tried one, therefore I'm intrigued. We order two for the table. We do not even finish one. The batter on these suckers is soooo salty we cannot eat much more than a taste.
Total bill $163 plus tip. This includes multiple cosmopolitans, Jack & Cokes and Michigan Beer....not too bad for 5 people...cheap dinner tonight. The ratings average out to a 3.5. A little above average (keep in mind we are spoiled). As far as BBQ in Detroit...having been to Lockharts and Slow's (not as a group yet)...I have to say I like Rub the best. I also like the location, in the heart of all the Detroit action. We haven't been to Red Smoke BBQ in Greektown yet, but I'm sure we will get there soon. Tumbleweeds.