MG Eats Smokey Bones in Kissimmee

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Smokey Bones Bar & Fire Grill, 2911 Vineland Rd, Kissimmee, FL. More locations.

Smokey Bones bbq has always been a good place to eat. They came out with a Late-Night menu that worked into my schedule on a Saturday night to make a visit. Great prices and nice choices that last from 10pm until close every evening. I like eating at their bar. A large wrap around bar with a multitude of TV’s, some hi-top tables and booths are available as well as their dining room.

I’m pretty finicky when it come to burgers, but theirs never disappoint. The LN menu offers a  1/2 lb Premium Burger with cheese, none of the others are offered on this menu, but for 7 bucks, I don’t need avocado and bacon. They are cooked to order and I love that. Let’s add Smoked Wings $7.00, and the Loaded Cheese Fries $5.00. A beer seems the perfect pairing for this mix, and they were having a special, $2.95 for a Blue Moon. Score!

The cheese fries came first and dang, they looked amazing! A hefty amount of seasoned French fries covered in cheddar jack cheese, bacon, chipotle mayo, sweet BBQ glaze, green onions, tomatoes, and ranch dipping sauce. Yes, it could be an entire meal and you’d be completely happy, just wash it down with beer and it’s all good. My PIT (Partner in Crime) wasn’t sure about the sweetness of the bbq sauce on it, but after a few bites, I had a hard time keeping up! Damn, I want some now…my is watering!

The chicken wings came and they were very good. I probably would have like them better naked, instead of the sweet glaze on them. I like to dip into my own sauce, because if you don’t like their sauce, the whole plate is ruined. Nice hint of smoke though.

The burger arrived and it was cooked to perfection! Not many can get the Rare temp correct, but they mastered it. It has your basic sides, lettuce, tomato, red onion, pickles. I put some ranch dressing on it and it was on! Delectable burger. Lots of flavor and a tummy full of happiness.

Go to smokeybones.com and view their Late Night menu. It’s a good one for late night noshing. Super specials throughout the week from their regular menu, lunch and dinner.

Their best Sammy is the Pulled Pork and it is on the menu for $6.00. You can’t barely get a crappy fast food sandwich for that!

4.5 out of 5 points

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mad Girl Eats Carnitas Snack Shack in Del Mar California

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Carnitas’ Snack Shack, 12837 El Camino Real in Del Mar, San Diego, CA.

A pretty little bbq spot in a pretty little area of Del Mar in the northern San Diego area. Cool “Q” dining area with outdoor seating available.

I ordered the Triple Threat Pork Sandwich and the Snack Shack Steak Sandwich. Both were meaty and flavorful. The Triple Threat Pork sandwich was brilliant. It had pork loin schnitzel (wow), pulled pork (yum), and bacon (heck ya!) with a pepperoncini relish and Shack aioli. Dang! That was a pork masterpiece! The Steak sandwich was delectable. Sliced ribeye, pepper jack cheese, tomato, pickled serrano, chipotle aioli, and jalapeno. It was bounding with flavor and heat from all of the peppers. If you like it caliente’, you will love this!

Located in an upper crust strip mall with easy and plentiful parking. There is also a shack located in North Park. Great flavors, quality eats.

New hours: Sun – Thurs 11:00am – 9:00pm, Fri – Sat 11:00am – 10:00pm.

4.75 out of 5 points.

 

Mad Girl Eats 4 Rivers Smokehouse in Longwood FL

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4 Rivers Smokehouse, Longwood Village Shopping Center, 1869 W State Rd 434, Longwood, FL. More FL locations.

I’ve eaten at 4 Rivers several times, and it is always good quality Q. Their pulled pork is my first choice, smokey, juicy, tender. The beef brisket I find dry and flat, so next time I’ll pass. I gave it a 3 x’s try, but it is a far cry from the brisket I worship in Texas. A side fave of mine are their sweet potatoes. You know the sweet potato souffle’/sweet potato casserole that could pass for a dessert? Yeah, that’s the one. It is soooo incredibly good, it’s worth the calories. Don’t forget to grab a couple Tootsie Rolls in the little bucket near the cash register on your way to your table.  😉

If eating a rich BBQ meal wasn’t enough, they have their own bakery, The Sweet Shop. If you can’t eat another bite, take something home. Their sweet treats are really special. Think, Nerd cupcake. 🙂

Hours: Mon – Thurs 11:00am – 8:00pm. Fri – Sat 11:00am – 9:00pm. CLOSED Sundays.

http://4rsmokehouse.com

4.25 out of 5 taste points.

Mad Girl Eats The Joint in New Orleans

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The Joint BBQ…Always Smokin’, Bywater at 701 Marzant St, New Orleans,  LA. Corner of Marzant and Royal Streets.

BBQ. Oh smoky and succulent BBQ. The Joint, like most supreme BBQ restaurants, is sooooo good, “it’ll make you wanna slap yo mama”. That’s just a Southern saying, don’t actually do it.

Driving through the Ninth Ward of New Orleans, remnants remain from Hurricane Katrina. This is definitely a don’t judge a book by it’s cover lesson.  The shack looking establishment bordering the less fortunate neighborhood of the city, is filled with men in crisp white dress shirts and ties, hospital workers still in their scrubs, and everyone else who wants BBQ for lunch. The place is cozy, interesting, and smells like a BBQ restaurant should. Hint: If you go to a BBQ place and you don’t smell that delightful smoking meat parfum, get back in your car and leave.

You walk up to the register and order, then go find a spot to sit while you wait for your food. Soon enough, a platter of meaty bliss arrives! A combo plate with your choice of 3 meats; mine were ribs, pulled pork, and beef brisket. Also, I had sides of baked beans, cole slaw and of course, thick ol’ white bread. The smoked meats were INSANE! Moist, tender, and screaming with flavor. I like my meat naked, no sauce cooked on top of it or slathered in a mopping of bbq lotion and potion. Why? It covers up the taste of the meat! I add a bit of bbq sauce the side of my plate, just to try, but generally ending up dipping French fries in it. Give me a fantastic dry rub before you smoke, other than that, leave it alone! The pulled pork was my favorite. The sides were good, the meat was memorable.

The Joint has some of THE BEST BBQ in the country. Leaving the restaurant headed towards the French Quarter, I see the neighborhood is coming under a revival. Baby strollers and bicycles with trendy refurbished homes full of hipsters and the upwardly mobile. So, don’t pass up The Joint, you’d be very very sorry. It will be the best stop you made all day…and a place you will return to time and time again.

http://www.AlwaysSmokin.com

Hours: Mon – Sat 11:30am to 10:00pm. Street parking. There is a bus stop right by the door on Royal St.

5 out of 5 sensational smoking hot points!

Mad Girl Gets Fed at The Shed in Mississippi

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The Shed Barbeque & Blues Joint, 7501 Hwy 57, Ocean Springs, MS. Two more locations: Gulfport, MS and Mobile, AL.

A pleasant surprise on the first day of my 6 week road trip, the stars aligned for me to have lunch at The Shed in Ocean Springs. A tasty treat awaits right off of I-10, Exit 57 in Mississippi!

My first impression ….what the heck is this crazy place?! It wasn’t your typical BBQ joint, nor was it a typical day. You see, the Food Network had production going on shooting the promos for their new show, “The Shed” featuring the family and sidekicks. Do to production, customers had to eat outdoors. It was a hot day and buggy, but not terrible.

I ordered the Shed combo, 2 meats (pulled pork and ribs), 2 sides (beans and sweet potato casserole), 2 bread. It arrived on a stainless steel divided tray, reminiscent of a school cafeteria…or a prison. Ha! Very cool idea, nonetheless.

The baby back ribs were good eats, but the pulled pork was the star! Smokey, tender, saucy yumminess.  I don’t think you can go wrong with any of their side choices. The baked beans were rich and hearty and the sweet potato casserole was so delicious, almost like dessert, I wanted more. Awesome meal, deserving of a happy dance!

The staff, owners/family are all on-point, kind and welcoming. The restaurant and property are entertaining in itself.  I look forward to returning, next time I’m on I-10.

As seen on the Food Network, Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives, and the Travel Channel, Man vs Food Nation.

Hours: Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm. On-site parking.
Catch some good BBQ and a show. A whole wing-ding! 🙂

http://theshedbbq.com

4.5 out of 5 sweet and saucy smackaroos.

Orlando Food Truck Finds: Caro-Bama BBQ

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I attended the Great American Pie Festival in Celebration, FL. Did I indulge in the all-you-can-eat Pie Buffet? Heck no, I had BBQ! Stuck in my love of Kansas City bbq, I was never drawn to Carolina or Alabama style. Never a quitter,  I knew it was time to try. I’ve been anticipating the first bite from the Caro-Bama BBQ food truck since I read about it on Twitter. The timing was never right for me to catch up with them until they participated at the Great Pie Festival.

Nothing was more appropriate to order than the Kitchen Sink. I wanted to try it all and taste everything. This was it! A mix of pulled pork, beef brisket, pulled chicken, bbq baked beans, coleslaw, Sweet Home Sauce, Bama White Sauce, banana peppers, jalapeno, all on a delectable open bun.  *Take a breath. That’s a big load! OMGeez Louise. This was incredible…you could hear moaning by the lake (sorry) ha 😉 This hit every salivating note and flavor you’d want in your bbq.  Meats were spot on tender and smoky and the addition of baked beans and coleslaw was sinfully good. Send it over the top, the peppers added a kick if you need it, and their sauces…..you know I’m a sauce junkie and these gave me a happy high.

Bama white sauce is a creamy tangy bbq sauce from North Alabama and the Sweet Home Sauce, another Bama fave, has a sweet tomato-base. Just hook a BBQ sauce I-V up to me now.  They have 5 sauces to choose from, so pick your delish poison and get on with it! I can’t wait to eat thru the entire menu. Doesn’t look like a bummer in the bunch.

If you’re in Central Florida, find this truck. I mean it, find it!  http://caro-bamabbq.com  for their schedule.

You can thank me later.

5 out of 5, a high I Q

Mad Girl Eats Smok’n Pig BBQ in Valdosta GA

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The Smok’n Pig BBQ, 4228 N. Valdosta Rd., Valdosta, GA. 31602.

Road trippin’ on Interstate 75 in southern Georgia, I found a gem right off the freeway for a tasty meal.  If you’re tired of the Drive-thru, bag full of crapola, cross the street to a happy place. Southern bbq!

I ordered the Smok’n Pig Combo, choose 2 meats from 4 offered (I picked the St. Louis ribs and pork) yum. It’s a nice dinner with bread and 2 sides.  I chose french fries and baked beans. Yay on the fries, nay on the beans. The meat however, freakin’ fantastic. Good bbq sauce as well.

Great spot not far off the I-75. Large full service seating area or take out. If you’re going to eat it on the road and don’t have someone feeding you, get a pork sandwich. Easier eats and not as much sticky sauce hazards.

4 out of 5 smok’n savory bites of porky pig.

Mad Girl Eats Oklahoma Joe’s in KC

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Oklahoma Joe’s, 3002 W 47th Ave, Kansas City, KS.

I know good bbq. I’ve been a lucky girl to be able to try bbq from around the country. Different regions have their own take on bbq and I must say, Kansas City rocks my world hard! I have tried my fair share of bbq restaurants in the Kansas City area and Oklahoma Joe’s is tops…by far!

One of the best bbq joints in all the land is unequivocably, Oklahoma Joe’s. THE BEST RIBS I have found at a restaurant thus far. Really great quality food with everything you want in a bbq meal. Their spicy coleslaw was beyond…such a nice surprise. The pulled pork, aces. But the ribs will make you stand up and U-RAH-RAH! I want to taste the meat and enjoy the smoke. If you’re going to rag on some barbecue sauce, it better be phenomenal or you can easily ruin the meal. Oklahoma Joe’s has incredible bbq sauce. They have it bottled for your home enjoyment so grab some before you leave. I didn’t and I regret it.

Seen on Man vs Food, Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations, and Food Paradise.

Tip: Located on the corner in a gas station. Gas up, then gas up. The beans are bangin’ good. Ha!

http://oklahomajoesbbq.com

5 out of 5 perfect bites of  extraordinary bbq.

Mad Girl Eats Rudy’s BBQ in El Paso

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Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ, 7970 Gateway Blvd., El Paso, TX

I came into Texas, not a big fan of beef brisket. It being the star of Texas bbq, I knew I better give it a try. I stopped at Rudy’s Country Store and Bbq, ranked high on local best restos. I ordered their moist brisket, a sausage, and Rudy beans. The sausage was nothing special, beans were good, but the star shone in their brisket. Major yum factor! Ask for some burnt ends also, so outstanding..they would have made Guy Fieri moan 😉 As I pass over the state line, I am leaving Texas a new fan of beef brisket. Big flavor. But they do everything big in Texas.

http://rudysbbq.com

Rudy’s gets 4.5 out of 5 on the smootch-o-meter..for bbq beef brisket. Giddyup!

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