Monday, June 25, 2007

The Phantom is a Ghost

I like a good barbecue as much as the next foodie and ribs, when done right, are an amazing experience but man, at this Phantom Gourmet BBQ I didn't get as much as a ghost of a chance to get anywhere near the food. Sure, they had BBQ people in from all over - Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Pennsylvania and locally we were represented by Redbones but the lines to get anything to eat were not only a mile long but also moved as slow as the cold molasses used to braise the meats.

I was lucky enough to be invited as a guest and I must say if I had actually paid the ten dollar entrance fee I would have been quite irate. For that fee you got absolutely nothing but a cheap strand of purple beads. The only good point about the whole affair was the friends I met there. Thanks Susan and Jon!

The "Beer Garden" if that's what they call them these days had a whopping three kinds of beer: Budweiser, Bud Light and Bud Select - all served warm. Need I say more? They advertised musical acts, which I saw none of although I have to admit I didn't stick around very long. The Andelman's should be ashamed of themselves. In my opinion this was a total ripoff.

If you want a really great barbecue dinner with great ribs, a fun atmosphere and over 100 microbrew beers, all ice cold, then head on over Redbones and enjoy the feast. That's what we should have done in the first place.

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