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wchesser (37) Denver, Colorado | April 27, 2015
80 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 7/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 16/20
Buddy dragged me here. Busy on a Sunday night, squatted to get a table and line for food was out the door most of the time we were there. Good live blues music. 37 taps and probably that many again in bottles. Strong local and CA focus. Alpine, Rare Barrel, Alesmith, Port, Mike Hess, Discretion, Almanac, and many others. Had the ribs and they were solid...smokey and tender but still clinging to the bone. Strongly recommend.
bytemesis (555) Sunnyvale, California | June 15, 2014
80 AMBIANCE 2/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD N/A VALUE 6/10 OVERALL 17/20
Stopped in for dinner after a SARA trip on a Saturday evening. Smell was wonderful and the wife and I were looking forward to some great ’cue; we even got the only outside table to eat at. Balloon burst when they told us that they only had ribs and hot links left at 6PM on a Saturday. I know they have a whole spiel about how long things take to cook, but that seems like poor management to me. We still sat for a bit and I enjoyed a pour from the 36 available - the Altamond/Aptos collab IIPA, which was pretty tasty.
brokensail (1087) Orange County, California | January 20, 2014
84 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 12/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Huh, for some reason I never rated this place. Stopped here after going to Sante Adairius for the first time. Small little BBQ joint, but you can smell the smoked meats with their big smoking rig outside. Not really much of a bar, you just order at the counter and there’s some seating available in the restaurant. Beer was kind of expensive, I think I paid like $7-8 for a pint of Sante Adairius 831...wat?! Lots of other good California, taps, though. I don’t think there was anything on draft other than California beer. Lots of IPAs/hoppy beers, in particular. Got their brisket sandwich and it was quite good. Opted for the garlic bread instead of the regular. Pretty solid joint.
t0rin0 (1505) Do Not Resuscitate, California | December 2, 2013
86 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 13/15 FOOD 8/10 VALUE 7/10 OVERALL 18/20
Visited December 1, 2013.
OK, this place is legit. I may not be the world’s leading expert on BBQ but I am an avid fan and try it where ever I go and the spicy beef was awesome. I was a little skeptical when they advertised it being extra hot because most of the time people that like really hot foods care (or know) little about peppers and their flavor. Same goes with the people that like their sour beers EXTRA SOUR. Now the beef wasn’t that spicy but it had a great flavor and it was very tender. It was cubed and had been cooking in the BBQ sauce for some time after being smoked outside. The buttered bread bun(ciabatta I think) was a nice touch. I scrolled past the garlic bread bun. The side of beans was good but I was full after the sandwich and didn’t eat much of the beans. They also have live music which was cool since it was the blues.
The beer list is pretty good too. I didn’t look at the bottle list but they have plenty on tap that is worth drinking. Lots of hoppy beers. I saw Humulus Lager, Sante Adairius 831 IPA, Stone Enjoy By, Tricerahops, Bear Republic’s Cafe Racer 15, Speakeasy’s Big Daddy as well as their Double Daddy, Green Flash Green Bullet, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, and plenty more. In fact, I’d say that almost half the list was hoppy beer. They have a few from local breweries like Sante Adairius, Santa Cruz Mountain Brewing, and Santa Cruz Ale Works. The bartender/server offered free samples of anything I wanted. There weren’t any ticks so I went with a glass of Humulus Lager.
My only complaints about this place are the pricing (my sandwich and a beer was $17 after tax) and the fact that they’re not closer to somewhere I go regularly. I’ll definitely stop back in at some point after hitting Sante Adairius.
larryLSB (65) La Selva Beach, California | November 7, 2013
88 AMBIANCE 4/5 SERVICE 8/10 SELECTION 14/15 FOOD 7/10 VALUE 8/10 OVERALL 18/20
This place recently took it to the next level with the install of an awesome tap system. Great selection on tap and in bottles. Food is BBQ, they are outside doing it in the smokers early in the day. If you are in Aptos, it is a nice option to Burger.Aptos, with a much broader selection. They usually feature live blues music most nights they are open.
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