Diners detect the smoky aroma of their meals before the server even arrives. Within moments, the diners behold a table full of the chefs' specialties—baby-back ribs, pulled pork braised overnight, and beef ribs possessing bones thick enough to double as barbells. In addition to barbecuing meats to fall-off-the-bone tenderness, chefs prepare an array of traditional sides, ranging from corn muffins to collard greens. For group gatherings, Ribs USA's team bundles five catering packages for parties of up to 200.
Huston's Texas Pit Bar-B-Cue’s cooks slow-roast meats over real wood, continuing barbecue traditions that date from the restaurant’s opening in 1944. Diners lounge at small wooden tables near large windows, chewing through barbecue sandwiches full of sliced beef, pulled pork, chopped chicken, or other barbecued specialties from an extensive menu. Sliced or chopped meats can also be purchased by the pound, then hauled home to feed a ravenous crowd of dinner guests or flock of waist-high baby birds.
Superheroes watch over Tangier Korean BBQ, keeping the peace in street scenes painted on the walls or as cartoonesque sculptures flexing against the backdrop of exposed, weathered wood beams. Wait staff weave between the futuristic super statues carrying trays of Korean dishes such as bibimbap and kimchi stew. Tangier's signature all-you-can-eat Black Angus smorgasboard pummels hearty appetites with short ribs, chicken, vegetables, and other flavors, which deluge tables nestled between cozy booths and mod red chairs. The drink menu embraces the same Pacific flavors, featuring Sapporo beers and mojitos with lemongrass and lime. Couples chat at café seating on the outdoor patio, where they can sup under the stars or challenge the moon to 20 questions.
Ono Hawaiian BBQ brings the island to the mainland with tender meats soaked in made-from-scratch marinades. Chefs hand roll chicken katsu in panko bread crumbs to give it a fresh, crispy texture, and assemble generous portions of crispy shrimp, island whitefish, and barbecue chicken in the seafood mix.
Smoke City Market's resident chefs enlist natural ingredients to season meats smoked Texas-style over natural oak, as well as sides and sauces prepared from scratch. Barbecue buffs slice lean beef brisket by the pound, while a cornucopia of side dishes rides shotgun in the culinary Cadillac. Red chili eschews beans for a thoroughly meaty mouthful that has no chance of conjuring up giants, and cabbage apple slaw and beet salad add crunch to the meal's textural palette. Diners saddle up picnic-style wooden benches inside Smoke City's clay-orange eatery, lined with strips of raw wood and Old West décor including wagon wheels, a cow skull, and a man-eating cactus.
Sweeping contours shelter So Hyang's upscale Korean fare, prepared with an eye towards healthfulness and authenticity. Known collectively as banchan, a set of small plates laden with kimchi, potato salad, and marinated vegetables accompany the entrees like so many ducklings following a man in a duck costume. Forming one of the signature dishes of the Korean peninsula, the seafood and scallions of haemul pajeon are griddled together in a savory pancake. Asian pear adds sweetness to the broth of mul-naengmyeon and the marinade of grilled short ribs, eschewing the need for added sweeteners and pairing well with vinegar or spicy mustard sauce. Vegetarians may request alternative items to munch between sips of sweet, vodka-like soju or soda-like soda. Asian American pop group Far East Movement found So Hyang's sleek atmosphere sufficiently party-friendly to be featured in their video for "Like a G6".