I finally had a chance to try one of the newer BBQ joints in my area. In fairness, they've been there a little while but I've only just had the opportunity to give them a try.
The formula for BBQ joints is pretty predictable these days. Like most of these places, the menu is on a chalkboard, you order at the counter, self service drink station and so on. The Righteous Pig is no exception to this formula. I really like the old building they are in. Old hardwood floors and exposed brick walls make it a pretty cool place.
The menu items are pretty standard fare at the Righteous Pig. But, the burnt ends sandwich is the specialty on Friday. The server at the counter talked me into it, as apparently it's the only day of the week that burnt ends are available. All I can say is, I shoulda had the pulled pork.
I know that burnt ends are made from the fattier, point of the brisket. But, I got way more fat than I bargained for. I was also surprised that the sandwich was served on an onion roll, adding an unexpected flavor to the meal. Overall, I didn't care for my lunch all that much.
In keeping with the formula, there were a jumble of sauces on the table. A couple of them were really heavy on the heat, a couple were unique flavor combinations (bacon, peach, beer, etc.). I don't expect boutique sauces, but prefer more traditional regional varities instead.
Will I go back? Sure, I'm willing to try it again. I'd like to try an everyday menu item and see if my experience was an anomally.
In the meantime, here's my report card for The Righteous Pig:
- BBQ - C
- Side Dishes - B
- Atmosphere - A
- Value - C
- Service - A
- Overall - B-
And, here's the particulars for The Righteous Pig:
The Righteous Pig
124 East Main Street
Belleville, Illinois 62220