A few friends and I were trying to decide what to eat last weekend, and it occurred to me that I haven’t been to BE yet. After all, it is such a hassle to barbecue at home, and this place is reputed to have the best burgers, etc.
When we arrived it was super-crowded, but with a creative arrangement of tables, we were seated sooner than expected. The ambience was spartan and a little cramped, but the w/c’s were clean, and the server was friendly. I was expecting the staff and cook to be Cajun types, but they appeared to be Filipinos. I guess it doesn’t really matter, and the food was good overall. Not all French chefs come from France, right?
The menu had a good variety of charred meats, so there was something for everyone. I had the pulled pork plate, and my beloved had the PP and ribs. One of our group had the famous burger, one had the Italian sausage, and another had the pound of ribs. While we were waiting for the mains we tried the chicken wings. They were a bit pricey, but they were very tasty, and I liked that they were on a satay stick. That was different.
The burger was a little raw (rare?) in the middle because it was so thick, but was reported to be juicy and delicious. The Italian sausage was a disappointment, tasting more like a hotdog from a cart. The ribs were smoky and meaty, and the pulled pork was juicy and savoury. It wasn’t just about the sauce. The meat was well prepared. When BBQ is done right, there is nothing like it.
We had some sides like coleslaw, sautéed mushrooms, and potato salad, but the consensus at the table was that the best side was the French fries.
One complaint was the beverage selection. The beer was too expensive, and the soft drinks were tins, not fountain. They need to work on that.
I have tried most of the BBQ places in this town, and I think BE is near the top.