Remember the German restaurant in Freighthouse Square? The owner just called and left me a message saying they are open in their Fern Hill location on Park. I'll get out there and give you the scoop.
Funny enough, I had just stopped by B&B Barbeque in Freighthouse on Friday. They just opened in the space previously occupied by the German restaurant.
B&B Barbeque is a Texas style barbecue place with ribs, pulled pork and smoked chicken. It's also the kind of joint that is no frills – as in a menu written on yellow notebook paper taped to the counter, and rolls of paper towels on every wooden table. It may not be fancy and the German Alps mural on the wall –a remnant of the previous tenant– may not scream Texas, but the waft of smoked meat out the door creates all the atmosphere a barbecue place like B&B needs.
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The B&B behind the name are Brian Seals and Brian Seals, Jr. Wife Shannon works the front counter and helps in the kitchen.
The family was visiting here in late summer when they signed the lease. They had seen the business space advertised on a web site and thought it was ideal for a first venture.
They brought a smoker up from Texas and set up shop.
Their meats are of the slow-and-low smoked variety. The ribs ($7.95) were nearly fall-apart tender – just as they should be – with a really light smoky flavor. Some might prefer a more pronounced smokiness in their rib, but I liked that it was less assertive (too much smoke can border on bitter). The barbecued beef sandwich ($6.95) was just enough tender, smoky and sweet with a tangy barbecue sauce. Served on a substantial hoagie roll, it was a big sandwich for one person. A smoked sausage sandwich ($6.95) was just as you would expect, served up on a hoagie roll.
The sides we sampled – greens, macaroni and cheese and cole slaw – were all of the housemade variety. Meals come with a side, or they're 75 cents each. A big hearty recommend for the cole slaw, but the macaroni and cheese may leave you wishing for a bit more flavor. The greens are a must order. They had just enough snap to lend a nice crunchy texture.
We didn't have room for dessert, but eyed the pecan pie for next time.
If you eat there, report and let us know what you thought.