Bobby Q in Phoenix, Arizona

February 7, 2015:

Yelp loves Bobby Q in Phoenix and it’s easy to see why. Service is prompt and cheerful, portions are generous — draft beer comes in an honest pint glass — prices are reasonable, and it smells good. The place was packed on a Tuesday night.

But it just misses. The food just doesn’t have much taste. Nancy had a rotisserie chicken. You can see the rotisserie, and it is a beautiful sight. I had a plate with brisket and pulled pork. The beef and pork are cooked, they say, for 24 hours, and I believe them. The meat is tender and falls apart at the touch of a fork.

But is doesn’t have much taste. I remain baffled at places that slow-cook pork and leave it flavorless. How is that possible? I suppose they remove every scrap of fat – the brisket certainly was over-trimmed. And note the absence of any char on either the pork or the beef. Nancy reported that the chicken was “not as good as yours” (one reason I love her) and it was indeed tasteless. They also have “smoasted” chicken, which turns out to be chicken covered with their barbecue sauce. It has taste, but not in a particularly good way: lots of molasses.

But you can see why the place is popular. The food, other than the sauce, is inoffensive and the drinks are large. The drinks at the next table were very large — and very blue.

John Tanner's Barbecue Page's photo.
John Tanner's Barbecue Page's photo.
John Tanner's Barbecue Page's photo.

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