If you’re headed to Pat’s Barbecue, don’t go expecting brass buttoned waiters and a multicourse meal. Bring an appetite, a friend or four, and plan on good eats, though, because that’s what you can expect.
At a friend’s recommendation, I found myself sitting at a picnic table stained and glazed a natural pine look for a laid back feel and easy elbow rubbing with friends. While one friend likened it’s location in an industrial part of town off of 300 West to a place not far from where you could probably by meth, I’d say good eats don’t need a ritzy local to make the grade. Remember the Cotton Bottom Inn?
Make the grade it does, even if a hefty grade it is.. I ordered the special for the day, a meatball sandwich. I hesitated at the thought of how hefty a meal I might be getting, but a glance through the menu convinced me that I wouldn’t be finding a lighter menu item. It was worth it.
I enjoyed meatballs that tasted like they’d been ground and mixed on the premises, and I would be surprised if they were. The sauce was just a bit sweet, and though I added a bit more bbq from the table, nothing was lacking. The bread was nothing to shout about, but th meatballs were topped with sautéed onions and parmesan cheese. Final analysis? The sandwich was delicious.
The order came with a choice of a side and I had a bowl of black beans. It was a great combo, and I had no problem finishing.
A special shout-out to our server, Elliott. We had a party of 12 or 14, and he handled it like a pro, quickly, efficiently, and with relaxed mien. Give that man a raise. Or a bigger tip.
Eat-ability Quotient (an average of scores): 6.8/10