I've seen the food stand during Winterlude for the past 2 years and finally figured out they also had a restaurant. I am a BBQ/smoke fan and have been dabbling in it for a couple of years now.
After reading many reviews, I wasn't sure I could put my family through a potentially long wait or bad service (as other reviewer had noted). We decided to go for dinner on Sunday and I'm glad I decided to try this place because the food is excellent.
The restaurant was half full and we got our food within a half hour. The server was new but friendly and eager to find answers for us if she did not know. So the previous reviews of long waits or slow service, I saw none of that. In fact, I was surprised how many wait staff were there. The owner (I think) came in at one point to ask the wait staff how they were coping, etc. It appeared to me that service levels were being more closely monitored.
Favourites are: pulled pork...best I've had (been to a dozen Ribfests BTW), the vegetables (yes, I'm talking about em!) were unique and unbelievable, Beef ribs were huge with a moderate amount of meat and little grizzle ( a bit pricy though), the Creole sauce (dryer than a Sweet and Sticky sauce but not as dry as a Memphis rub) has to be one of my all time favourites.
I had ordered "Dave's platter" so I could sample everything so here are those reviews:
St. Louis ribs - only had two because I was so stuffed...well cooked with visible smoke ring. Nice and tender...again I preferred the Creole to the sweet & sticky sauce.
Baked Beans - these are pork and beans in a dark malases sauce that is too sweet for my liking but it is was not mis-cooked, It tasted very similar to my own family's recipe.
Corn Bread - Delicious but it is the sweet variety and not the gritty kind (too bad).
Chocolate cheesecake - I hate cheesecake but I tried some of my wife's and ended up sharing it. It had a dryer consistency than the regular kind, layer of chocolate on top with strawberry coulis...very very good
For you families...the highchairs were clean, we were offered crayons and very good placemats (puzzles, word searches, etc), good kids menu, cups with lids!!!
Give em a try, you won't be disapointed.
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