The Original Five BBQ | University Village/Little Italy | Barbecue/Ribs | Restaurant

The Original Five BBQ Menu

Hours: Lunch, dinner: Monday-Saturday
Closed Sunday

Price: $$

CLOSED. Barbecue joint offering your choice of five regional sauces, from Carolina to Kansas City.

Restaurant Details

A couple things indicate that this Taylor Street 'cue source isn't your traditional roadside shack: there is, for instance, a motion-activated air freshener in the bathroom. But there's also pretty good food off a menu that's straightforward and unvarnished: ribs, brisket, and hot links, among other proteins, with two sides per entree. (Meat's also available on its own, served in an ungainly heap on a metal tray, and in sandwiches.) We tried the chicken, brined and smoked over applewood and oak--both skin and meat had a nice saline chewiness--and the pulled pork, tender and studded with chunks of fat. The latter came with a tangy mustard-based Carolina sauce, and the former we augmented with what was available on the table: Saint Louis-, Texas- (a favorite), Memphis-, and Kansas City-style sauces. I'm sad to report that the sides were only middling: mac 'n' cheese, though well flavored, was undercooked; baked beans, likewise. On a return visit I'd just get more helpings of the cool, not-too-sweet coleslaw--a perfect foil for the rest of the meal.

Sam Worley

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Price: $$

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