Zeke's Smokehouse BBQ

★★★★★
34.2052 -118.226
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818-237-9064

2209 Honolulu Ave

Montrose, CA

91020

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Zeke's Smokehouse Barbecue is a lone star outside of Texas. They serve ribs (and other favorites) cooked as BBQ was intended - with smoke. These aren't yuppie style over-cooked, oven baked, ??fall off the bone,? baby back pork ribs. These are Texas beef ribs for real men; ribs flavorful enough to eat without sauce. Rest assured that though the food is authentic, the dcor is clearly Californian. Zeke??s is clean, hip and they serve the ribs on plates rather than Texas style (on news paper). Highly recommended.

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Zeke's Smokehouse Barbecue is a lone star outside of Texas. They serve ribs (and other favorites) cooked as BBQ was intended - with smoke. These aren't yuppie style over-cooked, oven baked, ??fall off the bone,? baby back pork ribs. These are Texas beef ribs for real men; ribs flavorful enough to eat without sauce. Rest assured that though the food is authentic, the dcor is clearly Californian. Zeke??s is clean, hip and they serve the ribs on plates rather than Texas style (on news paper). Highly recommended.

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Mouth smacking BBQ is tasty, filling with sauces just hot enough. Even my 80-year old mom loved her grilled cheese, kettle chips and a selection of hot teas. Good service here and we could linger over a second cup of tea.
Atmosphere is friendly, and Montrose is a good place to stroll, buy books and gifts and partake in great food.

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Mouth smacking BBQ is tasty, filling with sauces just hot enough. Even my 80-year old mom loved her grilled cheese, kettle chips and a selection of hot teas. Good service here and we could linger over a second cup of tea.
Atmosphere is friendly, and Montrose is a good place to stroll, buy books and gifts and partake in great food.

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Mouth watering.The Memphis Baby Backs with Collard Greens and Beans is not to be missed. They even have Kids Meals so bring the family. Friendly service...For desert try the Hot Fudge Sundae if you have room.

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Mouth watering.The Memphis Baby Backs with Collard Greens and Beans is not to be missed. They even have Kids Meals so bring the family. Friendly service...For desert try the Hot Fudge Sundae if you have room.

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We come here pretty often with our two sons (8&11), and everyone finds something they like (not cheeseburgers or chicken fingers like most places). Service is usually helpful and pretty quick. Prices are reasonable (for this area). I'm from the South, and the materials are higher quality than there, but the taste does lack "soul." Still, this is southern California, and decent pulled pork is precious, so I come back.

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We come here pretty often with our two sons (8&11), and everyone finds something they like (not cheeseburgers or chicken fingers like most places). Service is usually helpful and pretty quick. Prices are reasonable (for this area). I'm from the South, and the materials are higher quality than there, but the taste does lack "soul." Still, this is southern California, and decent pulled pork is precious, so I come back.

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Great place to get some good ribs. Would recommend it to anyone that likes ribs. Price was reasonable. Montrose is a small communtiy so it is nice to find a place where you can just hangout.

PROS: Ribs, Price, Atmosphere
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Great place to get some good ribs. Would recommend it to anyone that likes ribs. Price was reasonable. Montrose is a small communtiy so it is nice to find a place where you can just hangout.

PROS: Ribs, Price, Atmosphere
CONS:

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I'm convinced that one's appreciation for Zeke's comes from what is ordered--many things are just ok, some things are truly great. My husband and I always get the pulled pork and are never disappointed. We've tried everything else, from the ribs, the brisket, the meatloaf, the sausage, all of which had some merit, but we are now happily back at the the pulled pork.

The homemade applesauce, hush puppies, and especially the *sweet potato fries* with ranch are fabulous and make the experience for us. We've always ordered from our table so I'm not sure what the counter ordering complaint is about. We have always been treated very well and the owners are attentive and notice when patrons come back.

PROS: Pulled pork, sweet potato fries and great service.
CONS: Meatloaf.

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I'm convinced that one's appreciation for Zeke's comes from what is ordered--many things are just ok, some things are truly great. My husband and I always get the pulled pork and are never disappointed. We've tried everything else, from the ribs, the brisket, the meatloaf, the sausage, all of which had some merit, but we are now happily back at the the pulled pork.

The homemade applesauce, hush puppies, and especially the *sweet potato fries* with ranch are fabulous and make the experience for us. We've always ordered from our table so I'm not sure what the counter ordering complaint is about. We have always been treated very well and the owners are attentive and notice when patrons come back.

PROS: Pulled pork, sweet potato fries and great service.
CONS: Meatloaf.

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Their claim to fame is the sauce but I don't think much of it. I would rather take my own. This is not the best restaurant in Montrose. Their ribs are hard and their pulled pork sandwich could be excellent if they had a hearty, thick, smokey or sweet barbeque sauce. I also do not like having to stand up at the counter to order. That detracts from the dining experience.

PROS: Quick and convenient.
CONS: Bad sauces and not outstanding cole slaw.

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★★★☆☆

Their claim to fame is the sauce but I don't think much of it. I would rather take my own. This is not the best restaurant in Montrose. Their ribs are hard and their pulled pork sandwich could be excellent if they had a hearty, thick, smokey or sweet barbeque sauce. I also do not like having to stand up at the counter to order. That detracts from the dining experience.

PROS: Quick and convenient.
CONS: Bad sauces and not outstanding cole slaw.

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I went last night with my husband and 2 sons. I ordered the texas beef brisket with collard greenson the side! It was awsome there texas toast was great.My husband ordered the same but with kettle chips (which they make by the way!) They were great . My son got a hot dog - what can I say he's 7 years old. And of coarse kettle chips aswell. My other son is newborn and didn't eat. The customer service was quite good as well. Everyone was freindly and seemed to go out of there way for the customers not alot of places offer that kind of service anymore you know? I will definitly be back!

PROS: Service & Food both great
CONS: Not more locations

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★★★★☆

I went last night with my husband and 2 sons. I ordered the texas beef brisket with collard greenson the side! It was awsome there texas toast was great.My husband ordered the same but with kettle chips (which they make by the way!) They were great . My son got a hot dog - what can I say he's 7 years old. And of coarse kettle chips aswell. My other son is newborn and didn't eat. The customer service was quite good as well. Everyone was freindly and seemed to go out of there way for the customers not alot of places offer that kind of service anymore you know? I will definitly be back!

PROS: Service & Food both great
CONS: Not more locations

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This place has very good barbeque food. They give you three different selections of sauce that you can choose from to further diversify your eating experience there. My family always goes and orders their family feast, which gives a great selection of different types of meat and it satisfies all of our hunger needs.

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★★★★☆

This place has very good barbeque food. They give you three different selections of sauce that you can choose from to further diversify your eating experience there. My family always goes and orders their family feast, which gives a great selection of different types of meat and it satisfies all of our hunger needs.

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I ate here after seeing that they sponsored a baseball team in my nephew's league. The food was a little unimpresive. I had the baby back ribs and honestly, the ribs at Claim Jumper were much better. They were tougher than I expected and, honestly, not that great. The food arrived almost immediately, and the restaurant had the feel of a high end fast food joint.

PROS: They spnsor a t-ball team
CONS: I expected more

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I ate here after seeing that they sponsored a baseball team in my nephew's league. The food was a little unimpresive. I had the baby back ribs and honestly, the ribs at Claim Jumper were much better. They were tougher than I expected and, honestly, not that great. The food arrived almost immediately, and the restaurant had the feel of a high end fast food joint.

PROS: They spnsor a t-ball team
CONS: I expected more

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Zeke's is pretty good. The beans are outstanding, but the portions are TINY. $25 for a rack of ribs, and a mouthful of beans? Come on! IMHO, and the ribs are good, or maybe very good. The collard greens have been tough and cold the past couple of times -- serve spinach instead, maybe? It's easier!

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Zeke's is pretty good. The beans are outstanding, but the portions are TINY. $25 for a rack of ribs, and a mouthful of beans? Come on! IMHO, and the ribs are good, or maybe very good. The collard greens have been tough and cold the past couple of times -- serve spinach instead, maybe? It's easier!

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I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody. The food was ok, but the service is AWFUL!

A former co-worker (older Caucasian male - around my dad's age) and I (younger Asian female) went to Zeke's Smokehouse Barbeque (ZS-BBQ) on Honolulu

6
★★★★★

I wouldn't recommend this place to anybody. The food was ok, but the service is AWFUL!

A former co-worker (older Caucasian male - around my dad's age) and I (younger Asian female) went to Zeke's Smokehouse Barbeque (ZS-BBQ) on Honolulu

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I've never rated a resaurant before, but here it goes. I expected a large joint, but Zeke's is a small yet cozy eatery. Could decide if I should order the Memphis style baby backs or the Kansas City spare ribs. I decided to go with the

6
★★★★★

I've never rated a resaurant before, but here it goes. I expected a large joint, but Zeke's is a small yet cozy eatery. Could decide if I should order the Memphis style baby backs or the Kansas City spare ribs. I decided to go with the

Pros: Service was very good. Ample parking in the rear.

Cons: A bit pricy. Small.

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This is a great barbecue place. Very casual, but cute. The pulled pork sandwich is wonderful, and so are the sweek potato fries. Really good prices.

6
★★★★★

This is a great barbecue place. Very casual, but cute. The pulled pork sandwich is wonderful, and so are the sweek potato fries. Really good prices.

Pros: Pulled Pork Sandwich, parking, location, prices

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Went to the Zekes in Hollywood which is pretty new.Never tried Louisiana barbeque,But , was taken by my New Orleans girlfriend.I must say,It was very tasty food.Have been back 3 times more.It should be a lot busier than what it is.Maybe

6
★★★★★

Went to the Zekes in Hollywood which is pretty new.Never tried Louisiana barbeque,But , was taken by my New Orleans girlfriend.I must say,It was very tasty food.Have been back 3 times more.It should be a lot busier than what it is.Maybe

Pros: Hard to park

Cons: not too busy,Quick service

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I ordered this for delivery with a friend of mine and less than an hour after eating we were both sick. The only other meal we both had that day was a frozen pizza which another friend, whom never got sick, shared. Though I am no doctor,

6
★★★★★

I ordered this for delivery with a friend of mine and less than an hour after eating we were both sick. The only other meal we both had that day was a frozen pizza which another friend, whom never got sick, shared. Though I am no doctor,

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I moved to Dallas, Texas in 1974. I just moved back to Montrose where I found Zeke's Smokehouse. I fell in love with this restaurant. The brisket is cooked slow and is well worth the time and trouble. The pulled pork is absolutley

6
★★★★★

I moved to Dallas, Texas in 1974. I just moved back to Montrose where I found Zeke's Smokehouse. I fell in love with this restaurant. The brisket is cooked slow and is well worth the time and trouble. The pulled pork is absolutley

Pros: The brisket, pulled pork are fantastic

Cons: I can't find any

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My husband and I went to dinner at Zekes this weekend. We've heard about how good they are but were blown away how fantastic they are! The food was absolutley delicious. I always order brisket whenever I go to a restaurant specializing in

6
★★★★★

My husband and I went to dinner at Zekes this weekend. We've heard about how good they are but were blown away how fantastic they are! The food was absolutley delicious. I always order brisket whenever I go to a restaurant specializing in

Pros: Fast Service

Cons: Needs more service with a SMILE

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I cant see why people complain about the price here, the foods so good it's amazing! Not to mention the quality of the meat, it comes from a USDA food supplier that's literally UPSTAIRS, talk about fresh! What makes zeke's stand apart is

6
★★★★★

I cant see why people complain about the price here, the foods so good it's amazing! Not to mention the quality of the meat, it comes from a USDA food supplier that's literally UPSTAIRS, talk about fresh! What makes zeke's stand apart is

Pros: Friendly, fast service, large plasma TV!

Cons: dont be silly

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I was surprised at the prices at Zekes, but, being a local, I needed to try them. My family got various ribs and side dishes to try. The cost was about as much as Tony Romas, but we had to stand in line to order out food. The ribs were not

6
★★★★★

I was surprised at the prices at Zekes, but, being a local, I needed to try them. My family got various ribs and side dishes to try. The cost was about as much as Tony Romas, but we had to stand in line to order out food. The ribs were not

Cons: Cost, flavor

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I'm trying to be a smaller eater, so I convinced my dad to join me in splitting the Zeke's combo plate - a red spicy pork sausage, four Kansas City ribs, a half pound of beef brisket, and a dark quarter of chicken. (Comes with two sides

6
★★★★★

I'm trying to be a smaller eater, so I convinced my dad to join me in splitting the Zeke's combo plate - a red spicy pork sausage, four Kansas City ribs, a half pound of beef brisket, and a dark quarter of chicken. (Comes with two sides

Pros: Delicious BBQ

Cons: Bring your $

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The quality and taste of their bbq is really quite good -- I would take any bbq aficionado there and be confident they'll enjoy the food. The sides are also pretty righteous. And they've got Shiner Bock on tap. If the prices of the full

6
★★★★★

The quality and taste of their bbq is really quite good -- I would take any bbq aficionado there and be confident they'll enjoy the food. The sides are also pretty righteous. And they've got Shiner Bock on tap. If the prices of the full

Pros: BBQ, Sides, Salads

Cons: Service, Parking

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(November 2005): It's catch as catch can here. There is so much turnover in the wait staff that you never know what kind of service you will get -- sometimes it's fabulous, sometimes it's neglectful. The food is generally good (though

6
★★★★★

(November 2005): It's catch as catch can here. There is so much turnover in the wait staff that you never know what kind of service you will get -- sometimes it's fabulous, sometimes it's neglectful. The food is generally good (though

Pros: food generally good, Hush Puppies, outside seating

Cons: Uncomfortable chairs, uneven service, somewhat pricey

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I recently tried Zeke's and was thought the Long-Horn Beef Ribs were a huge let down. Here's the deal, I don't care how good a BBQ place you are - if your beef ribs are lacking beef, all the flavor in the world will not make them better.

6
★★★★★

I recently tried Zeke's and was thought the Long-Horn Beef Ribs were a huge let down. Here's the deal, I don't care how good a BBQ place you are - if your beef ribs are lacking beef, all the flavor in the world will not make them better.

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Not a bad place at all, but like another review said, totally over rated! \r
if your in the mood for BBQ, (and you don't have much choice in this area) then it will do the trick, but it's not cheap. over all it's ok, but disapointing.

6
★★★★★

Not a bad place at all, but like another review said, totally over rated! \r
if your in the mood for BBQ, (and you don't have much choice in this area) then it will do the trick, but it's not cheap. over all it's ok, but disapointing.

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The atmosphere is stripmall-ish and it feels like you are eating in a commercial kitchen. The food was pretty good and the service was great for us, but the overall value wasn't all that great in my opinion. For such a stripped down

6
★★★★★

The atmosphere is stripmall-ish and it feels like you are eating in a commercial kitchen. The food was pretty good and the service was great for us, but the overall value wasn't all that great in my opinion. For such a stripped down

Pros: bbq flavor, service

Cons: value, atmosphere

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Things to try:
My child absolutely loves the chicken littles...the kettle chips are a favorite for all ages. And kids eat free tuesday nights.

The 1/2 chickend is what I usually get. It is smoked and seasoned with some sort of a rub I am

6
★★★★★

Things to try:
My child absolutely loves the chicken littles...the kettle chips are a favorite for all ages. And kids eat free tuesday nights.

The 1/2 chickend is what I usually get. It is smoked and seasoned with some sort of a rub I am

Pros: half chicken, tri tip sandwich, grilled vegetables

Cons: smaller setting, a little pricey

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Very disappointed in the quality of bbq served here. I now understand why the reviews are mixed on this place. The sausage was not very good, the beef brisket was chewy and the sides were bland. Not a happy camper after eating at Zekes.

6
★★★★★

Very disappointed in the quality of bbq served here. I now understand why the reviews are mixed on this place. The sausage was not very good, the beef brisket was chewy and the sides were bland. Not a happy camper after eating at Zekes.

Cons: , sausage not hot

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The place looks great but the food is really nothing to go back for. The sauces are pretty good but the meat is lousy. Chewy ribs, not very hot-hot link, bland beans, really just nothing special. This place is also very expensive.

6
★★★★★

The place looks great but the food is really nothing to go back for. The sauces are pretty good but the meat is lousy. Chewy ribs, not very hot-hot link, bland beans, really just nothing special. This place is also very expensive.

Pros: looks good, clean

Cons: , tough chewy ribs

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The emphasis here is on the smoke. The sauce is optional sitting on each table in three different styles, and for me this is great because I like to taste the smoke and meat...not just the sauce. As for the sides--standard slaw, spicy

6
★★★★★

The emphasis here is on the smoke. The sauce is optional sitting on each table in three different styles, and for me this is great because I like to taste the smoke and meat...not just the sauce. As for the sides--standard slaw, spicy

Pros: sauce options, friendly people

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I had tried this restaurant before and it was good so we went again and I was very disappointed. The food was O.K. but the service was very poor and the closed at 9:00 and about 8:30 they were already closing up and had the doors open and

6
★★★★★

I had tried this restaurant before and it was good so we went again and I was very disappointed. The food was O.K. but the service was very poor and the closed at 9:00 and about 8:30 they were already closing up and had the doors open and

Pros: Food

Cons: service

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I must say that I was most disappointed with the food here- It was cold , bland and expensive! I don't know how they can charge what they do in this working class neighborhood! I probably wouldn't go back. There was one good thing though I

6
★★★★★

I must say that I was most disappointed with the food here- It was cold , bland and expensive! I don't know how they can charge what they do in this working class neighborhood! I probably wouldn't go back. There was one good thing though I

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We went with high expectations but were met with overpriced cafeteria fare. Not good at all! The decore is thrown together in a MOD sort of way. Very disjointed. No warmth. Seated at a table with slop all over it. Had to wait for a while

6
★★★★★

We went with high expectations but were met with overpriced cafeteria fare. Not good at all! The decore is thrown together in a MOD sort of way. Very disjointed. No warmth. Seated at a table with slop all over it. Had to wait for a while

Pros: Looks Modern, Cool Logo

Cons: Cafeteria Food, Over priced

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I am very picky when it comes to barbeque. This place is definitely one of my favorite places to eat! They have a variety of sauces to drench your succulent meats as well as providing a very clean and comfortable environment. The service

6
★★★★★

I am very picky when it comes to barbeque. This place is definitely one of my favorite places to eat! They have a variety of sauces to drench your succulent meats as well as providing a very clean and comfortable environment. The service

Pros: clean restaurant, fast service, GREAT FOOD

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I'm a local in Montrose, and we've got some fine restaurants here. Zeke's took over from Gelsinger's Meats (which I guess is still involved in the place), but they've decided to go after a very different crowd. Gelsinger's had wonderful

6
★★★★★

I'm a local in Montrose, and we've got some fine restaurants here. Zeke's took over from Gelsinger's Meats (which I guess is still involved in the place), but they've decided to go after a very different crowd. Gelsinger's had wonderful

Pros: Good food, sauces, attentive wait staff, nice atmosphere

Cons: High priced, Little parking

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This is REAL Q, folks. Done by professional restauranteurs who treat BBQ as haute cuisine, giving it the respect it deserves. FABULOUS. Their J&R real wood pit prominently positioned in the open kitchen almost assures you of good things

6
★★★★★

This is REAL Q, folks. Done by professional restauranteurs who treat BBQ as haute cuisine, giving it the respect it deserves. FABULOUS. Their J&R real wood pit prominently positioned in the open kitchen almost assures you of good things

Pros: Carolina Pulled Pork, The Baby Backs, The 3 Q sauces

Cons: Too Far Away From Me, To Go Everyday, BooHoo

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wow! one of the best american bbq joints on the planet, and for it to be in L.A., how lucky we are! i have enjoyed Zekes many times and have never been dissapointed with the food, service, or any other feature, besides it being

6
★★★★★

wow! one of the best american bbq joints on the planet, and for it to be in L.A., how lucky we are! i have enjoyed Zekes many times and have never been dissapointed with the food, service, or any other feature, besides it being

Pros: food, hospitality,, feeling

Cons: none!

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Charming as it is, downtown Montrose has never been home to a hot dining scene, but Zeke's (named after a dog, by the way) draws 'cue aficionados from all over SoCal. It's a homespun, casual eatery. The ribs---Memphis-style baby backs or…

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