Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
Ridgewood Barbecue has defined excellence in pork for decades. Beef is on the menu, and it is grand, but pig is the meat to eat in this part of the world. Ridgewood’s pork is as good as it gets. It is ham, hickory cooked in a pit adjacent to the restaurant, sliced into fairly thin pieces, then reheated on a grill when ordered. It is souped with a tangy, dark-red, slightly smoky sauce (available by the pint and quart near the cash register) and served as a platter, under a heap of terrific dark-gold French fries, or in a giant sandwich that spills out all sides of the bun.
We love the platter presentation, because it allows one to fork up a French fry and a few flaps of sauced meat all at the same time, making for what we believe to be one of the world’s perfect mouthfuls. Prior to the arrival of the platter, you will be served a bowl of cole slaw – cool, crisp, sweet – surrounded by saltine crackers. We also recommend ordering a crock of beans. They are soft, laced with meat, and have a fetching smoky flavor.
Despite its fairly remote location, the Ridgewood attracts barbecue lovers from far away, and there are almost never enough seats. We like to arrive at about 4pm, when chances are good we will get one of the really choice booths adjacent to the open kitchen in the old dining room. From here, the view is magnificent. You see the cooks heating meat on the grill, making sandwiches and platters, and immersing potatoes into the bubbling-hot deep-fryers. Once a meal is plated and ready to be sent to the table, it is set on a holding counter just inches from your booth, separated only by a short glass partition. If you arrive hungry and are waiting for your food to be delivered, this sight – and its accompanying aromas – is tantalizing beyond description.
Directions & Hours
- Monday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Tuesday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Wednesday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Thursday: 11:00 AM – 7:30 PM
- Friday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
- Saturday: 11:00 AM – 2:30 PM, 4:30 – 8:30 PM
- Sunday: Closed
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||Yes|