Disappointed on takeout. I have always had great ribs from there and a third or half has always been great for a takeout lunch.. However, this time the ribs were good tasting as always, however, soo small and not enough to fill a kid, let alone an adult.. I don't know where they got them, but, small and no meat at all.. Beans and cucumber salad were great as usual. Seems they are cutting down by size.
Best brisket in the SLC.
I recently returned from the San Antonio area in Texas on a mission to taste some great BBQ. After sampling brisket at some of the most famous BBQ joints in the US, Rudy's and Texas Pride to name a couple I was pleased with my choices.
While this review isn't about Texas BBQ, I think it is important to set the tone for this posting. So here we go...
I hadn't been to Sugarhouse BBQ in quite a while but decided to go with a couple of friends last week for lunch. After returning from my Texas BBQ mission I have to say I had lower expectations for BBQ coming from Utah. Well, I couldn't have been more wrong. Sugarhouse BBQ was every bit as good as that found at Texas Pride BBQ. Really the only difference was that mine came on a bun instead of some butcher paper. The sauce selection you get to kick it up was awesome as well.
I am a big fan of "wet" brisket and I highly recommend you try this when / if you ever make it out to the Sugarhouse BBQ.
Great restaurant, three years ago.. Wow, I though I was getting a deal with a coupon from Restaurant_dot_com to this great restaurant that I had been to a few years back. My, how things change. Got there and started asking for my favorite dishes. No more smoky red beans and rice. No more whole baked sweet potatoes. Their "Cajun Menu" is one dish long. These folks are resting on their laurels, banking on the past, all the while subtracting from their formerly unique flair. The tables were sticky...I don't mean they didn't clean them, I mean it's like leftover adhesive from contact paper long ago...weird, though not all tables were like that. The salad came at the same time as the entreés. BIG no no. I'm not going to eat a salad while my entreé goes cold. Since everything was plopped on the table at once, I didn't get to the cornbread until it was cool, though it seemed a good flavor, kinda cakey for me, I like it a bit more crispy and muffin like. When I got to the salad, the runny dressing and wet lettuce didn't work well. Made a puddly mess. Collard greens weren't much. Mashed potatoes and gravy were fine. But when was the last time you got excited over mash? Baked beans were average. The jambalaya was good, but if you think that jambalaya makes a "Cajun menu" please visit New Orleans again. How about an etouffeé, or a gumbo? And where did my red beans and rice go? My wife is from N'awlins so we should know our Cajun. The one bright spot was the full slab Memphis-style ribs. Awesome flavor. But they could have been a bit more tender...though this seems to be a trend among BBQ lately...slightly tender but not fall off the bone good. The BBQ chicken was also good, but on average this restaurant has had it's heyday. I caught a glimpse of it a few years back, but now I'm only left with the blasé that this restaurant has become.
SMOKIN' QUE & GR8 Drinks Too!!!. Went in on Sunday for a B-Day bash and the joint was jumpin'. We had a group so got to try loads. The brisket (order wet if you like it nice n juicy), Tangos (rib ends) Cherry wood smoked wings (did I die and go to heaven?) ribs and smoked turkey were the stand outs. Great smoke flavor and the 5 sauces are all great alone or mixed into your fave combo. You can buy the sauces for $5 a bottle and take it home. The sides are exceptional for a Que joint. All made in house from scratch, and the flavor shows. The Jambalaya is 2nd to Mother's in NOLA and the bean soup is killer, as is the cornbread stuffing. Yes, they have collard greens, cooked slow and a sop to your conscience for all the meat you're gonna wolf down. Full bar too and on a hot afternoon, the martinis were just the ticket. Also full soda selection plus Weinhardt sodas. We had super service and the portions are hefty--plenty to share or take home. Open Sundays so you really can't miss. Management that cares and a friendly, attentive staff---did I mention the full bar, great food and live music once in a month. Plus they're on Salt Lake City Waiter so you can get it delivered to your door. You won't be disappointed!
Food only passable, service apathetic. I'm pretty surprised that this restaurant gets good reviews given our experience this evening. We were seated for 10-15 minutes before even rating a "hello" from our server. Entrees for our party arrived very slowly and in stages, and most of them were cold. The barbecue tasted pretty good -- even cold ribs are okay -- but you expect it to be hot. A single brownie took so long to come from the kitchen we wanted to cancel it but had already been charged. The brownie too was disappointing -- had to have been at least a couple of days old. Our server's apathy was almost laughable. Overall, I was embarrassed to have chosen this restaurant for a large party of out-of-town guests and wish I hadn't relied on the strangely positive reviews on this site.
Good Food, Good Service. I have eaten out at quite a few resturants and the two most important things are good food and good service. Sugar House BBQ Co. certainly got these things right. I thought the pulled pork was delicious and the beans were very tasty. I especially liked the cucumber salad, it reminded me of my mother's . I like that I was able to order a beer with my meal, it was just the right touch. The service was good, timely and friendly. I was recommended here by friends and would recommend to anyone looking for a good, affordable and pleasurable dining experience.
This place is delicious. I have never tasted ribs so amazingly tasty! They are so meatly too. You know how at most BBQ joints you order ribs they barely have any meat on them, well not at Sugarhouse BBQ these babies are full of meat and mouth watering! The sides are also very good. I personally love the cucumber salad and baked beans but have also really enjoyed the greek potatoes and many of the other sides. This place is a really cool place to eat, it has such great atmosphere and I have really had a lot of luck with the service. They have always proved to be very helpful.
I have also used these guys to cater a couple of my family gatherings and it has ALWAYS proved to be a hit-we always end up sending the left overs home with our guests. They make some great jerky too. Eveytime we eat there I have to buy a couple of bags for my husband and father! They love it! This place is by far the best BBQ place in the valley. If you haven't tried it yet it is worth the drive!
Keep on searching...for quality bbq.
I don't want to be too unfair to the folks over at Sugarhouse BBQ, but after eating at this establishment three times, even the nicest guy has to admit they have a lot to learn about BBQ. How they maintain almost 4 1/2 stars in this category has to be through naive conceptions of what BBQ is or supposed to taste like. The highest aspect of eating there are the beans by far. Not to praise them as to be stellar, but passable in a general sense (heavy table ketchup taste and all). Is this the high point to which we want one of the supposed "best" BBQ joints known for?
Please gentle reader stay away from the pulled pork or chicken both have the taste of being prepared at 8:30am and held throughout the day for your dinning enjoyment say around 7:00pm? Cole slaw, cucumbers, fries...I won't even start. The food tastes like stoner vagabonds from points unknown have taken over the kitchen and do the very least amount of work neccessary just to get by. Don't get me wrong stoner's are usually a plus, but if the staff doesn't care then who will? By the way, how about some health code instruction for the kitchen guys? Smoking out back and returning to the kitchen without washing their hands. I saw two the "last" night I was there. How about some hair restraints while preparing meals? All 6 kitchen employees were free to run their hands through greasy hair (and did) and with ungloved hands touch the ready to eat foods served to an unobservant/unconcerned public.
To finish, again I don't won't to be unfair to the folks at SHBBQ. They are probably very nice people looking to make and honest living, but as SLC continues to grow I wish to serve notice that doing barely enough to get by will be tolerated less as time goes on. We have to combat the chains taking over our local culture. By writing this, I mean for us all to help support locals by demanding higher standards. I shudder to think one day McDonalds has the best burger and Tony Roma's the best bbq.
You call this Barbecue?.
Walking in I was optimistic. The smell was great and the Bluegrass band set that easy tone of good times....but the food? Not authentic by any means.
The pulled pork sandwich had no flavor. After dousing it with all four condiments I still couldn't say it was good. The coleslaw was similar to what they offer at the grocery store...nothing to set it apart. The beans were the best part, but there was no heat. Anywhere.
Likewise, I asked for a Shiner Bock. The waiter had never heard of it, which is too bad because it has to be the most basic BBQ beer around.
This place might be okay for Utah bbq, but until we start holding Utah restaurants to a higher stander, the food will stay mediocre.
Overall experience was disappointing.
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