Best Joint: Tunnel BBQ
Where: 58 Park Street East, Windsor, Ontario, Canada (519-258-3663)
What: Ribs, Chicken, Shrimp, Homemade breads and crackers, amazing sweets and The Best
triple-thick milk shakes
Why: Maybe it's the trip across the border or the many times that my parents took me here in my youth, but Tunnel has some of THE BEST
BBQ chicken and ribs. Their BBQ food is the bar that I hold everything else to. Tunnel isn't the fanciest place in the world, but it isn't a hole in the wall, either. Everything there is homemade, from the rubs and BBQ sauces to the sweets and bread basket. My mother even claims that the fountain drinks taste better there! As for the beer: they have a wide variety of imports and domestics. I always get a kick out of the fact that they consider LaBatt's as domestic, but hey, it is in Canada. Tunnel has crazy hours and has quite a reputation. They get customers who drive across the border from Detroit at 2:00 in the morning or gamblers from one of the local casinos celebrating their winnings or drowning their sorrows with some spectacular food. Tunnel even has a heated catering truck, where they claim that they can cater. I have been meaning to utilize that, some time.
I recommend coming hungry:
Order the chicken/rib combo (enough for two)
Don’t fill up on the bread and crackers! Try dipping them in some of the BBQ sauces. This is always a good time to figure out which sauce you will use for the meat!
The dinners come with your choice of Cole slaw-vinegar or traditional mayo
I love the vinegar with a dash of the sweet BBQ sauce!
The dinner with some well done fries is spectacular! Save room for dessert!
Get a triple-thick milkshake or malt and slice of pie, such as the mile-high lemon meringue!