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Welcome to this forum!
What you are not aware of, due to your newcomer status, is that "DrSmoke" wound up being banned from this forum for his irrational attacks on those who had the temerity to differ with his preconceived notions on any topic.
The moderators for this forum are fairly forgiving, but if you could read some of DrSmoke’s more abusive postings (you can’t because they have been deleted), you might want to rethink your praise of the gentleman. He might make wonderful BBQ, but I choose to associate with, and give my hard-earned money to, people who are more tolerant and less abusive than he proved to be.
I, for one, would not patronize his business after reading his never-ending rantings about his employees, his customers, his non-customers, the local police, and anyone who disagreed with him. But, that is just one man’s opinion, and I will not attack anyone who wants to disagree with this opinion of mine, unlike "the good doctor".
Anyway–welcome aboard. Stay and enjoy some spirited discourse on food and other topics with the members of this board.
I know this is an old thread, but I wanted to chime in. I also think it is the height of rudeness to expect something for nothing. It is completely different if the owner is offering something to introduce a product(as Dr. Smoke says he does). I was so intrigued by some of the attacks on Dr. Smoke, that I decided to make the trip up to eat at Chubby’s. I live in Kensington, just outside of Washington DC. I have to say this was delicious BBQ. Everything we ordered, plates, sides, sandwiches including an enormous sub that my son had was exceptional. Mac n cheese was good too, along with great fries and wonderful homemade chips that came in little baggies, which kept them from getting soggy. All the sauces on the table were yummy…I couldn’t pick a favorite.
Definitely going back to Chubby’s! Keep up the good work, Dr. Smoke!
My favorite greasy spoon is under new management. (says it’s a BBQ place and family dining more on that later) New owner comes up to couple having sandwiches and asked if they tried his soups. They say they had a salad instead, so he comes back with little bowls of 2 of the 3 soups that were on the menu yesterday. I already was enjoying a big bowl of the homemade potato soup while this exchange was happening. When I was leaving, he asked me if I liked crab salad because it was going to be the special today. Since I do, I’ll probably be in there tonight. Hope there’s some left for me to at least try!
(BBQ is just baked meat with sauce, but what do you expect in Ann Arbor MI? Sauce is pretty good, but no Roadhouse!)
I was at Allen & Sons in Chapel Hill last evening. Fellow strolls in and asked for a sample…just off the shoulder…no sauce…not chopped. I thought of this thread and waited to see what would happen since Allen & Sons is well known and for sure doesn’t need to give out samples.
They took the guy back into the kitchen and then the pit. Pulled off at least a dozen samples for the guy…some w/ sauce…some w/ slaw…made a mini sandwich for him…never asked how much or why he was asking. These are people proud of their product.
Guy placed a once a month catering order for sixty people at his plant thirty miles from Chapel Hill. Sure not scientific but made my heart feel good.
My thing is that you probably offer the sample. Where do people get off thinking that they should get anything for free? Why should they think "I want a taste of that, free." It’s arrogance.
You want it, you pay for it. If a staff member offers you a complimentary sample, you accept it. But to expect, and then request, something for free? Who does that?
Pat T Hat
I could not read all the posts before my nature took hold and propelled me to respond. If this base has already been covered, oh well. Samples are a good idea in that BBQ is in some areas of both geography and mental state of mind, practically a religious experience. If not a religion it very self![:0]Some ‘ol boys (& ladies) got to see whatcha’ got, before they git! A purist just wants a free sample, he’s going to buy anyway. Ah bull! Of course, Everybody wants a free sample[;)]! I’ve seen the sample thing in all types of food (chili, gumbo, almost anything with heat, popcorn, ice cream…). If you don’t want to do it that is most understandable. I you do, maybe you could cut back on the hassle by keeping a crock or something by the wait station. Good place for those ends and scraps. Just make sure the help doesn’t get caught licking their fingers[:p]! By the way I just got done smokin’ a heap of western ribs with a slather of apple butter jerk! Guy next door was cutting his field and smelled the aroma of something good going on. After hem hawin’ around a bit he asked for a "sample". Last I seen he was lickin’ his fingers too[8D].
I often have customers ask about our chili, or one of our soups..I always let them have a taste of it..much rather they try it and then decide then get it and not like it.
The problem and joy of BBQ is that unlike bananas foster or any number of other dishes BBQ is a secret. Raine…please publish your sauce recipe. Yea, right.
I am a true PIA for workers as I won’t buy the buffet unless I can see it and look it over. In a new BBQ place I will delay ordering until I have seen and smelled (pardon me, may I smell your plate comes to my mind’s eye…just joking) what is served. One out of five times in a new (to me) BBQ place I will drop a dollar bill on the table and walk out before ordering.
I violated my instincts when visiting Flip’s in Wilmington, NC. Everything felt bad. Most folks had a regular meat and two lunch (not a good sign for a BBQ place) but the place was written up in Jim Early’s book Tarheel BBQ (worst book on NC BBQ ever written) and the waitress was a future Playboy Playmate. Worst BBQ I’ve ever had…actually tough roast pork w/ brown gravy.
I have seen people ask for samples at Lex #1. The sample is a scoop of chopped Q w/ hush puppies. The asker usually orders much more than usual and everyone is happy.
neither have we ever heard anyone ask for samples in any other restaurant we’ve been in, including bbq joints.
Maybe, we will start giving it a shot when we go out to eat.
We had a lady, who ordered the buffet, and then only wanted to pay for a sandwich.
She made a sandwich using the yeast rolls we put on the buffet, and she had a little of the baked beans. When she was paying she said there was nothing on the buffet she liked, as she was a very picky eater. And she wasn’t a little person either. I asked her out of: mac & cheese, green beans, baked beans, fried apples, potato sald, white slaw, bbq slaw, bbq, smoked chicken and bbq chicken you couldn’t find anything you liked?
Question to self? If I were a finicky why would I order a buffet (where I can at least see the food)? And order from a buffet that didn’t have anything I liked?
It’s like saying, "Excuse me, But may I have a sample of the Lobster Thermidor, and the Bananas Foster, and maybe some Arugula Salad?….
I think that because so many grocery stores and deli’s let you "sample" a slice of something you are "potentially" buying, some people have just got into the habit that is it ok to do it anywhere.
(My own personal opinion on this)
i think what keeps throwing me off is the idea that it perfectly acceptable to ask for bbq samples. after working in several "white linen" places this was never even a problem and is in fact a non-issue yet from what i have gleaned from this thread it is more than acceptable to ask for samples of bbq.
can someone please explain to me why this is?!
as a customer i would never ask for a sample no matter what the cuisine.
as an owner i find it amazing and while i would never be rude enough to say it as far as i am concerned a reflection of the persons upbringing or at the very least a lack of social graces and an understanding of social conventions in the united states.
it smacks of the haggling found in third world countries.
just my opinion.
I think the potato alone will be fine for lunch. Good looking tater.
Many BBQ places we have visited put large Potatoes into the pit to smoke them just like the meat. Buy’em plain and soak’em with whatever sauce you desire or pay extra for the toppings like the one in the photo above.
A baked potato, with your choice of bbq, brisket, chicken.
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