On a bright and sunny Saturday afternoon we decided to travel to Huntsville to try a BBQ joint that I had been reading about for sometime. Located on the upper northeast side of Huntsville on Oakwood Ave NE, Granville’s Gourmet Ribs and BBQ is the type of place that just has the looks of good barbecue. It’s location at the corner of Oakwood NE Ave and Meridian St N is easy to roll past since you have to enter the parking lot from down the street on Oakwood or around the corner from Meridian St S. In fact, our GPS had a hard time finding it and we had to do a turn around to locate it.
However, once we spotted it, we maneuvered around to the front side of the building, grabbed a parking spot, then went inside. There was a short line waiting to order at the counter and the staff did a good job of getting everyone’s order taken in a timely manner. And speaking of the staff, there were three of them working hard and keeping cool under pressure. All our interactions with them were very good and they were very polite to all the customers..
Debra ordered a Barbecue Rib plate ($12.95) which consisted of spare ribs, fries and coleslaw, I ordered the BBQ Plate ($10.25), with beans and coleslaw. After placing and paying for our order, we found a seat and even though there are lots of seats, they’re crowded together fairly tight. Folks sort of spread out and try not to get in anyone’s way and not to do the chair bump dance.
It took about 15 minutes for them to get our order to the table, but we weren’t fussy since it was just a fun roadtrip for us and we didn’t have a train to catch. However, the meals were delivered to the table and to our surprise they were served on real glass plates, I had been expecting either styrofoam or cardboard plates, they even furnished real metal forks and knives. Seems to have added a touch of pizzazz to an otherwise mundane meal service.
Debra’s ribs were piled high on the plate with a serving of five big meaty rib bones, there was a generous portion of fries, a small bowl of coleslaw, and a small piece of fried cornbread. With my barbecue plate I got a generous portion of barbecue pork that I ‘d estimate to be at least 6 ounces, a small bowl of beans and coleslaw. My meal also had a small piece of fried cornbread on it.
Debra tried her ribs and the meat tasted fairly good although they were a bit on the dry side. Evidently, they cook their ribs and then chill them for storage, then reheat them in the oven for serving. That method has a big tendency to dry out ribs really fast. When we were in the Barbecue business we tried that method and discarded it because of that very thing. I tried the ribs and also thought they were on the dry side. As for the sides, the fries had a 1/4 pound of seasoning salt on them, Debra tried wiping some of it off, but it just too overpowering and she left most of them. I also found the fries to be way over salted with the seasoning salt.
My barbecue plate, which at first appearance looked good until I started tasting the items. The meat was dried out but did have a tad of smoke flavor in it and probably would have been good when it was first pulled from the bone. The meat had the consistence and taste of meat that had been held to long on a steam table. I lubricated it with some of their sauce which while removing the dryness introduced a second negative to tasting like ketchup with a few spices threw in it. When I tried the beans they had a taste to them that Debra or I neither one could discern what spice was behind it. Let’s just say, the beans got left behind and move on.
I held off commenting on the slaw when I was describing Debra’s rib plate on purpose since we both had it on our plates. First of all I’ve eaten a helluva lot of slaw in different barbecue joints from the east coast to the west coast and never, ever have either one of us ever tasted slaw like this. It had absolutely NO taste whatsoever, no mayo taste, no vinegar taste, no nothing, just bland, in fact there wasn’t even a cabbage taste to it. It was an EPIC BBQ Joint Coleslaw FAIL!
Maybe we just caught them on a bad day, I don’t know, but there is no excuse for serving food that is so dried out. So, the Brown Bag Review recommends you proceed at your own risk when trying out Granville’s. Perhaps even asking for a sample of the meat before ponying up the $$ for a meat plate.
Let’s do the numbers:
|Pulled Pork Barbecue:||(5 / 9)|
|BBQ Spare Ribs:||(5 / 9)|
|Mystery Slaw:||(4 / 9)|
|French Fries:||(5 / 9)|
|BBQ Beans:||(5 / 9)|
|Mild Sauce:||(6 / 9)|
|Staff Friendliness:||(7 / 9)|
|Atmosphere:||(6 / 9)|
|Cleanliness:||(6 / 9)|
|Value:||(7 / 9)|
|Average:||(5.6 / 9)|
|Credit Cards||Yes – If the machine is working|
|Recommendations||Ask for a sample first|
|Price Range||Most entrees $5 – $15|
|Soft Drink Brand||Coke|
|Health Score||91 (2-2-2015)|