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Pecos Pit BBQ
2260 1st Ave South
Seattle, WA

Meat  4
Sides  3
Sauce  3
Service  4.5
Atmosphere  4.5

Overall  4

Reviewer's Comments:  We've samples BBQ from llano,Tx to Owensboro, Ky and there's only one BBQ joint in the Seattle region that comes halfway up to our favorites in the BBQ belt.
Most Northwest BBQ joints are pap for yuppies; slick faux Texas decore, teenagers running the "pits" and way too much comercial sauce. Pecos Pit is the only one that's run out of a converted gas station with a good mix of pick-ups, beemers and Toyotas.
You can have beef or pork on white bread a side of beans and chips; no gourmet cole-slaw here. 

Reviewed By:  Michael Rust ( Rustic@pstbbs.com ) on 02/28/98.

Dixie's BBQ
11522 Northup way
Bellevue, WA
425-828-2460

Meat 5
Sides 4.5
Sauce 5
Service 4
Atmosphere 4.5

Overall 4.5

Reviewer's Comments: If you like Good BBQ and Sauce, you HAVE to try Dixie's if you're in the Bellevue area.

The joint runs out of a converted auto repair shop, and they are very busy at lunchtime, the service feels a little rushed, but with the volume of people who churn through there at lunch it's no surprise they son't want to waste time with dawdlers.

If you are into Hot sauces, ask for "The Man" with your sandwich or slab! it's the ONLY way to go, On a scale of 1 to 10 in the fire department, "The Man" rates a solid 15 :) it is not for the feint of tastebud :)

Reviewed By: Geoff Reed ( geoffr@rit.com ) on 04/20/98.

Betty Sue's Urban Bar-B-Q
4508 University Village PL N.E.
Seattle, WA
206-523-4274

Meat 1.5
Sides 1.5
Sauce 1.5
Service 2.5
Atmosphere 2.5

Overall 1.5

Reviewer's Comments: The best part about this place was the small selection of the more famous hot sauces and barbeque cook books for sale. The menu reads "If it's not smoked, It's not Bar-B-Q!" Sorry Betty Sue but this wasn't Q. The shredded Beef Brisket sandwhich ($4.99) came with one side choice. The instant iced tea was 99. The portion of meat was moderate for the price but where's the smoke? If there ever was smoke flavor, it was cleansed with apparently long stays in a steamer or re-heats in a microwave. The beans had little if any identifiable flavor. The house hot sauce had a little heat but little flavor. The tea was....instant. Sorry, but I think I'd opt for a burger next time. In minor defense, the location is in the University Village so this joint doesn't cater to hard core Q lovers.

Reviewed By: Rodney Leist ( leistr@mailexcite.com ) on 22 April 1998.

Gwennies
Sequim, WA

Meat 2
Sides 2.5
Sauce 2.5
Service 3.5
Atmosphere 2.5

Overall 2.5

Reviewer's Comments: Sequim is located on the road to the Olympic Mountains northwest of Seattle. This place may have potential if they do smoke their own meats and you could catch some fresh off the pit. The price was a little steep for a two meat combo. $12.99 for choice of meats and 2 sides. The meat and side portions were large but overall, lacked flavor. Both the sliced brisket and pork appeared to have been re-heated and almost all the flavor steamed away. The sauce served on the meat sufferd from steaming also, but the small paper cup served on the side had a passable flavor. In a severe barbeque emergency, I might give Gwennies another chance, but only one more time. Something tells me the operator of this joint has Texas barbeque connections but the long distance makes it hard to taste.

Reviewed By: Rodney Leist ( leistr@mailexcite.com ) on 25 April 1998.

Pecos Pit
2260 1st Ave, So
Seattle, WA

Meat: 4.5
Sides: 3
Sauce: 4.5
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3

Overall: 4.5

Comments: This is a little gas station turned Q pit. They're only open for lunch, 11-3, with a line sometimes stretching out to the street. Their main weapons are Q sanwhiches served on hamburger buns. I only remember eating the pork.. it's my favorite! The pork comes "Pecos" (shredded) or sliced. The meat is very tasty, and has some nice crispy Mr. Brown to boot. The sandwhiches come with sauce mixed in. Their great sauce comes in mild, medium, and hot. Their hot is really hot (like 4 star Thai food!).. just the way I like it.

Reviewed by:   Geoff Hudson (geoffnmy@ibm.net) date: 10/98

Dixie's BBQ
1152 Northup Way
Bellevue, WA

Meat: 4
Sides: 4.5
Sauce: 4
Service: 3.5
Atmosphere: 3.5

Overall: 4.5

Comments: Dixie's is a BBQ joint located in a converted auto garage. It's a little tough to find since there aren't any signs that you can really see from the road. Out back the pits smoke away, and the stuff is served out front. I had the rib dinner. It came with about 5-6 ribs, two sides, rice and beans for $9. There were three types of sauces that I tried (on the side). The normal Q sauce was a bit on the tangy side for me, the hot sauce was hot and had a smoky/spicy hot flavor, and then the "man". The "man" sauce is real hot. I mean, if you wear fingernail polish, it'd come right off if you got too close to it. The ribs had good, authentic Q smoky flavor, fell off the bone, but were a bit on the cool side (I think it would be better/hotter at lunch time). The sides were fantastic. The cornbread and lemon cake were both very moist and great ways to round out this huge meal. I could barely fit it all in! (And I can fit a lot in!)

Reviewed by:  Geoff (geoffnmy@ibm.net) date: 10/98

Name: Pecos Pit
Address: 2260 1st Ave S
City: Seattle
State: WA
Phone:
Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 5
Sides: 3.5
Service: 4
Atmosphere: 3.5
Overall: 4.5
Date: 9/19/00
User: Kyle Morris
Email: kanddmorris@email.msn.com
Date: 9/20/00
Time: 12:44:11 AM

Comments

Pecos is only open Mon-Fri for lunch, but it is worth making a special trip. They only sell sandwiches, but they are extraordinary. The sauce has much more and better flavor than most, including Dixie's. Outdoor seating only, so be prepared. If you are there are noon, be patient, because there will be a line. Recommend starting with the medium and working your way up. Request "extra messy" if you like a little more sauce.

Name: Hall's Mr BBQ
Address: 7302 1/2 15th Ave NW
City: Seattle
State: Wa
Phone:
Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 2.5
Sides: 3
Service: 4.5
Atmosphere: 3.5
Overall: 3.5
Date: 12/19/2000
User: T. Scott
Email: thomas.m.scott@noaa.gov
Date: 12/19/2000
Time: 11:14:42 PM

Comments

This place smells of smoke! My Virginia born wife said she felt like she'd come home. We both had the Southern Pork Sandwich (which means the slaw is on the bun!), beans, and I had the potato salad, while she had the hush puppies. We both agree that the sauce is too sweet (she likes vinegar base, I like KC style). The beans were definitely too sweet; they tasted of honey. The potato salad tasted like it was commercially produced. The hush puppies however, were some of the best she'd tasted. (whatever)

Mr. BBQ also serves ribs, chicken and hot links.

Name: Big Al's Texas BBQ
Address: 18002 Bothell Everett HWY
City: Bothell
State: WA
Phone:
Meat: 4.5
Sauce: 4.5
Sides: 5
Service: 4.5
Atmosphere: 4.5
Overall: 4.5
Date: 4/8/02
User: Dave
Email: cmrbison@msn.com
Date: 4/13/2002
Time: 12:13:23 PM

Comments

Great 'Q!!!!!!!!!

Name: Branks BBQ
Address:
City: Sumner
State: WA
Phone:
Meat: 2
Sauce: 3
Sides: 2
Service: 2
Atmosphere: 2
Overall: 2.5
Date: 06-24-03
User: Mark
Email: mmckfamily@wwdb.org
Date: 6/25/2003
Time: 6:09:51 AM

Comments

Branks is in the small town of Sumner, Wa. We tried it for the first time last weekend. The place is small, seating about 25 or so. Portions were huge, but service and overall quality were sadly lacking. The brisket was over smoked leaving a bitter flavor to the BLACK outside. The chicken was better, but some of it was dry. The fries were o.k. the cornbread muffin was over cooked. The coleslaw tasted like store bought. In their defense we did get there about 1 hour before they closed, so maybe that explains the over cooked food? I will not give them the chance to prove themselves any time soon.

Name: Brank's BBQ
Address: 15012 E Main Street
City: Sumner
State: WA
Phone: 253-891-1789
Meat: 5
Sauce: 5
Sides: 5
Service: 4.5
Atmosphere: 3.5
Overall: 4.5
Date: 09-23-03
User: Jessica Hughes
Email: jessibee83@msn.com
Date: 9/29/2003
Time: 2:24:13 AM

Comments

Just this last week, my boyfriend and I had lunch at Brank's BBQ in Sumner. They have absolutely the best BBQ I have ever eaten. The meat is cooked to perfection, the side dishes are outstanding. The service was excellent. If you want real slow-smoked BBQ using fruit woods, give em a try!!!

 

 

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