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THE BAR-B-Q SHACK (4430 N. First Ave. at North Park Shopping Center, Evansville, Indiana. Ok… so I heard on the news that last week a presidential candidate was in town and was taken to eat at The Bar-B-Q Shack here in town. I love good barbecue and am always hoping to find it in Evansville, especially close to home. It was a Monday and I was ready for lunch. I found the restaurant’s website and checked hours of operation to be sure that they were going to be open for lunch. To my satisfaction the restaurant was open Mon-Thur 11AM-8PM and I drove out to North Park Shopping Center and parked next to the restaurant. I walk up to the door and it was locked, so I located a sign that listed hours of operation… MONDAY CLOSED. Ok, so I wasted my time driving out to the place because they were closed. I returned Tuesday because I was really hungry for some barbecue. When I entered at about noon the restaurant was busy, which is normally a good sign. It was seat-yourself which is fine by me. The table was clean and the waitress was prompt in taking my drink order. I ordered sweet tea and it was delivered right away. When I eat at a barbecue restaurant for the first time I always order the same thing which is a pulled pork sandwich. The menu was pretty wordy and I could not easily locate “pulled pork sandwich” so I went for the next best thing, the Pulled Pork Platter. [Slow smoked for 16 hours our pulled pork is “Fall Off the Bone GOOD” served with two of our homemade sides, rye, pickle, onion and a sweet pickled tomato slice...$9.29] For my sides I ordered a side salad and to eat with the barbecue slaw. My wait time for the food was very reasonable. Right away I was impressed with the meat coming out bare without sauce and that it looks appetizing. I enjoy adding my own sauce to just the barbecued pork. When trying anyone’s barbecue for the first time like to fill up my fork with just the meat and give it a taste. So, I filled up my fork and took my first bite. What I had was a fork full of fat residue (which tastes awful and has a terrible texture). This residue occurs when the meat has been refrigerated and then is warmed up prior to being served. This dry/chalky residue was throughout the meat and covered up any barbecue flavor that might have once existed in the meat. Cooking the meat for 16 hours is probably a great thing. However, the combination of refrigerating the meat and then just warming it up prior to serving is probably not a good idea if you are wanting to deliver “Fall Off the Bone GOOD” barbecue. The salad was adequate. The slaw was bland and boring. Overall, not worth $10+ dollars for lunch (including the drink and tax). Would I recommend this place as a good place for barbecue? NO [P.S. – I always go back a second time to every restaurant that I review, so stay tuned for visit #2 when I try to ribs that everyone seems to enjoy so much.]
Favorite Dish: Perhaps the ribs that I order when I make my next visit will be the best I have ever had ? We shall see...
Written Aug 7, 2012
Address: 4430 N. First Avenue, Evansville, IN
I thought the buffet was very overpriced with very little to choose from. The catfish was overcooked and the dressing tasted like Stovetop Stuffing gone wrong.
I hope we just ate there at a bad time and otherwise the food and selection will be better but there are too many other buffets with more options at much lower prices to choose from. I do not plan on going back again.
Favorite Dish: could not describe any dish as a favorite although the fried chicken was not too bad.
Updated Jan 24, 2008
Address: Casino Aztar
Hamburger and Ice Cream shop that will not dissapoint. Super thin burgers served with shoestring fries.
Favorite Dish: Regular Hamburger and Fries Combo.
Ultimate PB&J sandwich. Peanut Butter with chopped Peanuts on top, with jelly covered in sliced strawberrys.
All ice creams are made in house and will never let you down.
Written Aug 15, 2007
Address: Locations around town.
Small Place, good people, great food. You could go on forever about this Historic location, or any number of things, I prefer to keep it as simple as their food. If you are in town, stop by and grab a bite, you won't be dissapointed.
Favorite Dish: My favorite is the simple cheeseburger and fries with a side order of fried cheddar cheese cubes.
Plenty of other options are available on the menu, including pork brain sandwiches, a local favorite, but not my personal favorite.
Written Aug 15, 2007
Address: 1100 Harmony Way
In a Westside location that appears to have the same age as the city, and every bit of the heritage.
The Gerst Haus is a place we often go on a Friday after work to wind down with plenty of good beer and lots of good people.
This place is very hopping during the week of the Fall Festival, don't expect a quiet meal during the first full week of October.
Favorite Dish: Krautballs. Sausage, Saurkraut and Cheese deep fried in bread crumbs. As much as I didn't want to like it the first time, I can't get enough now.
Traditional "german" food choices dot the menu. Sauerbraten, Wienerschnitzel, Kassler Rippchen etc. There are more "normal" choices for the less adventerous such as Catfish (excellent) and the Chicken Strips.
The side items are to me the main show here. There are these awesome little noodles with gravy that I can never remember the name of, but ask the server and they will gladly oblige. The corncakes are flat like pancakes. They are sweet with a hint of spice due to the Jalapeno added.
I'm not sure how many beers they have, but the answer I always come up with when asked is Enough. The beer list is broken down by country of origin, Germany alone has over 40 choices. The stock is rotated frequently and the prices are very reasonable.
Updated Aug 13, 2007
Address: 2100 W. Franklin
There are two Turonis locations in town. The Turonis Brewery on Main Street and Turoni's Forget Me Not Inn in midtown on Weinbach.
I much prefer the Weinbach location due to the space provided for seating and parking. Some prefer the original location, to each their own.
The Main St. location is in a bit older and as time passes in a more shady part of town. The Weinbach location is right next to the University of Evansville and the more well off North side, this makes some people more comfortable.
Favorite Dish: The Pizza of course.
Thin crust pizza baked in a brick oven with the perfect amount of fresh toppings.
Turonis also offers 6 varieties of MicroBrewed Beer, 5 staples with one changing per season.
Thunderbolt Red is a favorite but the Spring Time Seasonal Monk's Dubble is never passed up.
Written Aug 13, 2007
Address: 4 N. Weinbach Ave
Jimmy will ALWAYS makes you feel welcomed. If you are not sure what to have ask Jimmy for suggestions, he has NEVER steered me wrong. Very friendly place and service is great. After the first time I was there they remembered me and what I like. I go there for special occasions usually about 3-4 times a year, yet they remember me like a DAILY customer.
Updated Jan 28, 2006
This is the only restaurant we have ever been to that did not have one bad thing about it.
They have the best service, best food, fair prices, great atsmophere, and spot-on consistency!
Favorite Dish: We have tried a little of this and a lot of that..... it was all delicious!!!
Updated Jun 29, 2005
The restaurant served some great Greek food and the service was excellent. The food was so delicious we sampled and shared several dishes. The stuffed grape leaves, lamb chops, vegetables, gyro, bread and desert were tops. The only minor problem we encountered was that the hummus contained too much garlic. The restaurant had a great atmosphere which allowed us to talk.
Favorite Dish: I love the Gyro!
Written May 13, 2005
Address: 501 N GREEN RIVER RD
Phone: (812) 475-9193
Yes, it's Greek. The restaurant is the greatest. The food is unbelievable. The service is top-notch. And the prices are completely reasonable. I have enjoyed every trip to this place. It is hard to find words to discribe it. Of all my trips, I enjoy this place the best.
Favorite Dish: Gyro Tortellini - Tortelllni in a white sauce. It tastes great and sticks to your bones.
Fried Olives - Like cheese balls but with pieces of olives inside served with some the greatest tomato sauce I have tasted.
Written Jan 21, 2005
Address: Corner of Green River Rd and Virginia Ave.
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