It’s been awhile since I posted a restaurant review as my focus has been on eating at home and eating healthy. So it only makes sense that when I head out before the first home preseason game of the season, I would pick a healthy, local, seasonal place right? Nope, not so much. I ended up going to the Barbeque Pit in the Central District! While it hardly seems P90X friendly, I decided to give it a shot to see how closely I could stay to my plan, and because Josh and I will be hitting more BBQ joints down the road…it was worth seeing how this one is.
When we got there, we definitely walked into a loud, but friendly conversation right at the counter. Without sounding too stereotypical, it was that type of conversation that is straight from the South. And, we were the only two white guys in the store…which actually is a good sign when it comes to Southern barbecue as far as I’m concerned. The menu was written on a white board, and pretty simple and straight forward. Ribs and brisket for dinner, pulled pork, chicken or beef for sandwiches. A couple of traditional sides, and hot links rounded the whole thing out. Josh, ordered the appropriate ribs with 2 sides and a hot link. I went with the most P90X friendly thing I could find…chicken sandwich with some collard greens.
In an interesting twist, we ordered at a window up front, but were told, eh, go sit down, you can just pay before you leave. We said ok, and took a table near the back, where we could enjoy the the old school blues and soul posters on the wall that matched the music playing quite loudly. While analyzing what we might see from the Seahawks and Huskies this season, our food made it out sans hot link initially (it was apparently cooked on the surface of the sun according to Josh so needed some time to cool). We were definitely greeted by nice strong barbecue aromas…a little smokiness, a little sweetness. I took off half the bun of my sandwich, and took a fair ration of ribbing for ordering and making an open face chicken sandwich. But no matter the ribbing and the sacrilegious ordering of chicken, it was good. The sauce was a molasses based sauce with a nice sweetness to it and a little bit of heat that would hit the back of your throat in a pleasant way. The chicken was nice and moist and a little smokey. As far as barbecue chicken goes, I was happy. The collards were a little different than I was expecting…actually not as rich. They had a little sweetness to them, and didn’t really have that rich pork stock that I was expecting. They actually felt a little lighter, and dare I say, healthier, than I expected.
As we were leaving, we stopped to pay. The guy at the counter thought a little bit and then just went, ah, 20 sounds good (I think when we added it up, it came to $23.50 which was still reasonable). At the same time one of the other customers noticed Josh’s UW logo T-shirt and decided to tell us that Wazzu was the superior school because their biggest alumnus was Paul Allen, and UWs was Ted Bundy (of course Paul Allen never actually graduated, but hey, Cougar logic for you!). We tried to debate this logic for a couple minutes, but realized it was a losing proposition, so decided to head to the game…
It was a good lunch, and might be worth a return trip when I can try the ribs and offer a comparison to the other barbecue joints around town.