Gus's BBQ's long wood bar
We had a preview of Gus's BBQ before they open to the public on Wednesday, April 16. I like the long bar at the back, with nine bourbon selections available for the mint julep. It's a good spot for families, with a kids menu that includes a quarter rack of baby back ribs for the sprogs. While the kids are scarfing mac 'n cheese and red velvet cupcakes, the adults can get totally twisted on cocktails (some in 22 oz. glasses!) including a Hurricane with three types of rum and amaretto and a Bluesman Manhattan with blue curacao. Draft beer (including Sierra Nevada, Fat Tire and Hoegaarden) is also available in a hearty 22 oz. size.
We tried the baby back ribs and the brisket sandwich -- I don't want to do a real review off a preview dinner but the meats, smoked over hickory and apple wood, were top quality with large and tasty sides. Gus's also bakes its own breads and makes its own BBQ sauce.
It's a good-sized space, with a private room in back near the bar, a counter in front for quick lunches and a free parking lot -- and just what the area, which has plenty of high-end restaurants but few mid-range one, could use.