Peckinpah serves up Carolina-style BBQ grub on the corner of Water Street and Carrell in Gastown.
I love bbq, but have been having trouble finding a place that serves it well. Also, I usually feel a little guilty after having it, as it is not exactly health food ;)
I dined solo for lunch this afternoon after reading reviews and having business in Gastown.
The place is not wheelchair accessible and there is no way I would attempt to navigate a stroller in here due to the stairs. The ambiance is clean. I found the tables a tad too close together for my liking - but it is a smallish place. There is an option of sitting at the bar.
I ordered a $15.50 combo featuring 4 pork back ribs, some beef brisket and a sausage. This came with a cornbread muffin and a choice of two sides (I chose the cole slaw and the collard greens).
The service was polite and prompt.
I'll start with the meat. My least favourite was the sausage - it was not quite as moist as I would like. It had some snap to it (which some may like). I thought it could be more flavourful - so I added lots of the tomato based BBQ sauce to it. It wasn't a bad sausage - I just prefer it a little different. The ribs were quite delicioius - I put some of the Carolina bbq sauce - which I was told would bring out the smokiness of them. They were not greasy and they were not over dressed. I found the flavour very enjoyable, without the richness of a tomato based sauce. I also really enjoyed the brisket. It was fork tender, but not mushy. It was perfect texture and very tasty.
The sides were outstanding. The cornbread muffin was tasty and had excellent texture. The collard greens were chopped (making eating easy) and not overdressed. The coleslaw was thinly sliced cabbage with just enough mayo based dressing to keep it tasty and moist. It wasn't that slop that they serve at Memphis Blues (which is pulverized cabbage) and it was not overly mayo'ed like that at White Spot.
This was the reason I said I enjoyed my bbq "guilt free" - I had a nice meal of meat without the greasiness usually associated with bbq and my sides included healthy collard greens, cole slaw and a small amount of carbs (via the cornbread muffin). A very tasty, well balanced meal. Yum Yum. I will return.
I came here after a Canucks pre-season game craving a good beer and a second dinner. Peckinpah delivered nicely on both accounts.
I ordered the brisket sandwich with potato salad and an extra special bitter to wash it down. The brisket sandwich was very good; it had a fresh, simple bun, slabs of tasty meat and homemade bbq sauce with a nice tang to it. It was one of the best meat sandwiches I have had in recent memory. The potato salad was also pretty good but by the time I plowed my way through the sandwich, I wasn't as hungry as I'd thought.
The service was friendly and efficient. My beer was refilled as soon as it was dry. We decided to stick around for a shot of Knob Creek to wrap up this excellent southern barbecue experience.
Overall, I enjoyed my meal here and I will definitely return when I am craving barbecue. I definitely recommend Peckinpah if you are in downtown Vancouver or Gastown and looking for excellent barbequed meat!
We had a full order of the short ribs. YUM! So tender and flavourful. Two GIANT ribs filled our bellies. The sides (baked beans and coleslaw) were good but small.
We really liked the ambiance. This restaurant is located right on a busy corner of Gastown and had large windows that opened up. We had a good time people watching while we enjoyed our meal. There's also a cute little patio that filled up shortly after we arrived.
Service was good. The place was staffed appropriately, our server was friendly and kept our glasses full. Looking forward to returning.
After reading the previous 2 reviews, my experience at Peckinpah couldn't have been more different. First of all the service was top notch. The owner was a really nice guy who chatted us up as we waited for our order. I had the brisket sandwich with potato salad. DELICIOUS! The sauce was spot on, not overpowering the brisket which was perfectly smoked. The potato salad was the best I have had in Vancouver. My partner had his favorite pulled pork sandwich which he is still raving about. The ambiance was neat,casual and unassuming. The staff were very friendly. As I mentioned earlier the owner was great, as well as our server and even the cooks took time to talk with us. I am very impressed with this cute little place. Highly recommend!
Went to Peckinpah with my teenage son before a Canuck game. I was really excited about the new BBQ menu and had read all the pre-opening press. What we got was a below average quality meal. The Beef brisket was fatty and the flavour was bland.They had a squeeze bottle on the table, I believe was their version of BBQ sauce, I had to douse the food to achieve any flavour.My son had the pulled pork, again no flavour or jump. I hated the brown waxy paper in the baskets the food was served on.The sides were okay, the potato salad was good but the slaw was sad. Looked and tasted like shredded cabbage with little dressing or seasoning. Service was friendly, the young lady had a large section but was always sniling. Food took a long time. The room was busy but with mostly drinkers, I only saw three tables actually eating. Room was nice, lots of wood.Quite comfortable plus they did not have music cranked up.As a side note the music selection was great.
I am a huge fan of Cobre and Deacon's Corner, but not super keen on the food at Peckinpah.
I mean, it's pretty good, but there is nothing there that would have me fighting to go back any time soon.
When I go out for food, I like to order food that I don't or can't make well myself.
For me, BBQ needs to be gooey and messy. I wasn't so keen on the sour and dry BBQ, but I can see how it might appeal to others. If that what Carolina BBQ is supposed to be, I'll take a pass.
The side dishes ... hmm. Seriously, spinach should not be on the menu - instead, find Collards or even Mustard Greens. Braised mustard greens with garlic ... hells ya! Fantastic with BBQ ribs. The beans .. yikes! They were simply awful. The corn bread was very good, sweet and moist. Where were the grits with butter and salt? Authenticity, c'mon guys. I know you can do better.
The bottom line is, if you are doing a US BBQ, you need to understand what goes into a US/Carolina BBQ.
Service was excellent. Very friendly staff.
In the end, though, individual tastes are just that .. individual. So, what appeals to me, might not appeal to you, and vice versa. If you are keen to try something different, I would recommend you try it and see for yourself.
I hope you enjoy it.
I ordered the pulled pork sandwich. It was okay, but it definitely did not taste like any of the BBQ that I had in either North or South Carolina. It was quite dry, which was not completely unexpected but I was not asked when I ordered whether I wanted it 'wet'. The coleslaw on the sandwich, which was expected for Carolina BBQ, was also not moist at all. I did enjoy the pickle in the sandwich.
The baked beans were lacking in depth and diversity of flavour. I would have liked more tang, sweet, salt combined.
My wife & I love the pulled pork. For the taste, quantity and the price it offers very great value.
The barbeque sauce goes perfectly well with it. The brisket was so-so and the short rib too expensive.
Service was very friendly and efficient.
Overall we've enjoyed ourselves and we will keep coming back.
Came in late on a busy Friday night and the incredible staff was very accomidating to fit us in. Had the most delicious wings I've ever tasted...the Hushpuppies were incredible and the pulled pork sandwich was savory, rich and full of flavour. The prices were very reasonable and the atmosphere was fantastic. They'll need a bigger place soon if they keep up the incredible work!
We ate at Peckinpah's on Saturday night. It's had so much press lately that I doubted it could live up to the hype. And it didn't. Hubby order the ribs. The meat smelled funny, which was probably their spice mix. I had the pulled pork, which was stringy and tasteless. Thank goodness for the barbeque sauce on the table; the meats really needed some flavour.
The cornbread had the proper consistency, but was cold and tasteless. The "cole slaw" was just shredded red cabbage with a little tangy dressing (I'm used to diced onion, carrots, caraway seeds, etc. in my cole slaw). The potato salad was pretty good, but the baked beans were completely wrong - even the wrong kind of bean (should be either pinto or kidney - think these were flageolets or some other small bean).
I'm from the pulled pork barbeque capitol of the world - Memphis TN. Where I come from, "dry barbeque" means that the meat is basted with barbeque sauce as it cooks so that it becomes a sticky, gooey mess that clings to the meat rather than runs down your wrists. If you want "wet barbeque", you pour on barbeque sauce at the table. Peckinpah's missed that crucial basting step.
It's our opinion that Re-Up or Memphis Blues does a better job of southern style barbeque. It's cheaper and a lot tastier.
A couple of my friends and I decided upon trying the Peckinpah restaurant in Gastown Sunday evening, we noticed that the establishment was packed and we ended up sitting at the bar.
We were invited with a taste of a few beer samples from the taps, and ended up with a decent brew - the brew was the best part of the evening because the meal was tasteless. I didn't know what the meaning of "Peckinpah" was and decided to educate myself by asking the waiter/server... got a brief though glorified account of Sam Peckinpah... ain't "fluff" grande?
Okay, time to get to the meal. I ordered the Short Beef Ribs combo; got a side of creamy coleslaw and creamy beans, along with a couple of slivers of corn bread. The short beef ribs weren't even remotely attached to the rib bones, I didn't understand what they were doing in my paper-lined platter! The beef wasn't warm and I began to chew on a piece of cold "fat"... the beef was tasteless so I had to soak the meat with their house special vinegar and meat sauce to actually get some flavour but the flavour was smoked meat sauce with a subtle hint of vinegar swishing around in my mouth.
I usually get my beef ribs warm at other establishments. I was rather disgusted for the amount of money I paid for a full-serving of beef ribs, and "two" short beef ribs constitutes a full serving. The creamy slaw wasn't too bad but I didn't think much of the creamy beans, I'd rather enjoy a serving of traditional Heinz bbq beans from a can... bleh!
Nope, not a second time - even if the meal were "on the house" - there are far better bbq restaurants in this city.