Every time a new BBQ place opens my reaction is "do we really need another one"? And when I start hearing a buzz about it, I think "really"? So Louie and I set out to give Eli's BBQ the test as we had done so many times when we were traveling around the U.S. together on photo shoots and would seek out local BBQ joints.
I had a heads up from the previous weekend when Mary Beth brought Eli's pulled pork to a gathering. It was of high quality with little fat and had a smoked aroma surrounding it. The sauce was both tangy and sweet. I had seconds.
|Eli's—A Contemporary BBQ Joint|
Eli's is located on a section of Riverside Drive that is just starting to take off. With ample off-street parking, it is poised to
be an anchor for that area. The pleasant space is spared down and spruced up with lots of bygone ambience. The music comes from vinyls on a record player. The simple menu is on a large blackboard at the counter. The choices are sandwiches, ribs, sides and drinks.
|Pulled Pork Sandwich with|
Cheese Macaroni and the Best Baked Beans
For me, Eli's is best experienced at the restaurant. Taking it off the premises I didn't get the full effect of a BBQ joint with its friendly cast, period music, and down home spirit. One note to self...it's cash only.