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Monday, November 25, 2013

Smokin' Al's

Every now and then, you just want to spend a Saturday night playing board games and catching up with the stuff you DVR'd.  That's the kind of night for take-out.

Smokin' Al's, to be precise.

For us, this restaurant is strictly a take-out place.  The restaurant is very small, the wait for a table intolerably long.  But the food. . .we have other BBQ restaurants closer to home, but we drive 20 minutes to Al's and 20 minutes home, with the car smelling like BBQ . . .

We place our dinner orders on line.  Makes it very convenient.

They offer choices, lots of choices.    Different types of ribs, different barbecue sauces, from sweet to spicy.  Pulled pork, brisket, chicken.

We both ordered babyback ribs with Al's original sauce.  Sauce was tangy but not spicy hot.  Meat was tender but not "fall off the bone".  Heaven.

Sides dishes -- we both ordered garlic mashed potatoes.  A little heavy on the garlic, and a bit too thick, they need more cream, which I will add when I reheat the leftovers.  Macaroni and cheese and corn on the cob were pretty standard.  Corn bread is very moist and flavorful.

Fried pickle appetizer was easily the best on Long Island.  Instead of pickle chips, they slice the pickles lengthwise and coat them in a very thick batter.  Served with Russian dressing.

So we watched Vincent Price in the campy horror classic "Dr. Fibes".  And I won the backgammon tournament 4 games to 2.

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