I've been to Spankys twice now and haven't been all that impressed.
I tried the ribs the first time I went and they were a bit on the dry side, & not too much of a smokey taste at all.
The second time I tried the combo platter - brisket, pulled pork, 1/4 bbq chicken and ribs. The brisket was a bit dry, the pork didn't have any taste to it, the chicken was overcooked and the ribs altho smokier than last time, were still a bit dry. I do have to say that they double mac & cheese I had with the meal, was quite tasty. I did notice that the main smoker by the entrance was being serviced and maybe they couldn't cook their food the way they wanted to.
I do plan on going there 1 more time probably late in the year. They have just opened and so maybe they need to work out all the kinks.
It's tough heading to Spankys when Virgils is right around the corner, which I really enjoy.
There's also R.U.B. which I have read good things about, but which is also a bit pricey.
Dinosaur BBQ, up in Harlem gets mixed reviews depending on what forum I'm reading. I don't like to rely to much on reviews and am planning to head uptown, before the summer is over.
Out on LI where I live, Ricks Texas BBQ on Jericho Turnpike near Oheka Castle, is very good but also on the expensive side. The ribs I had were falling off the bone, had just the right amount of smoke, and were quite tasty. But paying close to $14 for 3 ribs, a side and a bottle of diet coke, isn't something I'm looking to do too often.
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