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Biemer's BBQ

Just had my first taste, and it was pretty damn good. As advertised, it's a welcome taste of Carolina style BBQ way too close to Kansas City. The pulled pork was just as tender as Vermont Street without the greese, not that I really mind the greese, but my stomach does (we disagree on that point).
The sauce had a good hickory flavor and let the flavor of the meat come through with it's lack of sweetness. It is actually pretty similar to the hickory sauce at Vermont St. (sorry, don't mean to keep comparing it, but I think enough people have eaten there that it makes a good refference).
The real treat was the coleslaw. I loves me some coleslaw, but everyone round here puts mayo or whatever in it to make it suck. Not the case here. It is strait out of N. Carolina, where coleslaw is as much a topping as a side dish, and I strongly recomend using it as such. Hell, even skip the sauce altogether and just pile it as high as you can on the sandwich.
The sandwich looked kind of small at first, but I'm as full as I want to be. It was $5 and the slaw was $1, so $6 for the experience without a drink. Same as anywhere in Lawrence, sans pricy Big's.
I went through the drive through, which is great, but I'm assuming it's not much inside, and it doesn't have to be. It's always been a great spot for a hole in the wall restaurant.
I will be going back, and I only work half a block from Vermont St., so that's saying something.
As far as BBQ in Lawrence goes, I'll put it like this: If you've got $10+ to spend on lunch, go ahead and go to Big's. For the rest of us, this place can easily hang with Vermont St., which has been slipping for a while, and beats the inconsisntancy, crappy coleslaw and dried out, K.C. style meat at Granddad's in N. Lawrence. Although G-daddy's still has my favorite sauce ever. Put it on anything and it will taste great, especially the fries there, which are likewise hard to beat.
I'll have to give it a few more tries before it's final, but right now this little hole in the wall has two thumbs up from me. So go get you some!

February 1, 2008 at 2:17 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Quinton's Bar & Deli

The most rediculous thing just happened to me at Quinton's today.
I was eating a lack luster and overcooked Mangino sandwich in the near empty front room and wanted to pay early so I could get back to work. When the waitress (who was nice up to that point) brought my money back, I let it sit on the table while I finished eating.
Just then another 98 pound waitress came up to the table and removed my change. She obviously wanted to make it look like she was just picking up the tip, but it was obvious that this was her prefered method of taking all the change before the tip was decided.
I glared at the waitress after she walked away, but she just pretended not to see me.
After I finished my sandwich, I walked up and asked for the change back. And she said, "Oh, I guessed I picked it up a little early."
Yeah, ya think. That's why they call it "leaving" a tip. Have you ever in your time here on God's green earth had a waitress pick up the tip before you had finished eating. The answer is no, you have not, unless you have eaten at Quinton's lately.
I then decided to call Quinton's upon my return to the office and speak to a manager about the incident, but a waitress told me that he just stepped out and with panic in her voice asked what it was in regards to.
I told her that it was nothing and that I would call back later, but she informed me that he probably wouldn't be back today.
I'm still in shock that this actually happened. I guess when you only hire stuck up, 98 pound rich girls to shake it for their tips, they just assume they can treat the customers like a stale bread bowl (which hasn't ever stoped them from serving soup in one).
If you want my advice, save your seven dollars and overcook a crappy, soggy sandwich yourself in the microwave. You might want to pick up seven or eight Poor Brother's potato chips to round it out though. Then you can almost completely recreate the Quinton's experience.
But your going to have to go out and find some overly tanned, emaciated co-ed to steal $2.75 from you if you want the full package.

Peace out,
Saku

August 14, 2006 at 3:34 p.m. ( | suggest removal )