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That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby boss302 » Sat Dec 07, 2013 11:18 am

I don't post a lot but I really want this place to stick around! I used to travel so have had bbq in most of the hot spots. So far I've tried the ribs, pulled pork and brisket. Dry rubbed heaven! Good smoke ring for all the meats and the brisket just melt in your mouth! Side sauces are very good. They just brought back their baked beans but they seem to need a little more work, like maybe putting some of the pulled pork in the beans to give them a smokier flavor. The other sides have been good and they have added smoked chicken to the menu. They are fast with their service which makes it good for work day lunch. If you like bbq you should give it a try!
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby yesferatu » Fri Mar 14, 2014 5:09 pm

I should mention that they finally added a Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/That-BBQ ... 7141739634

Recently did a side by side vs. Smoky J's, which I've loved for years.
It was night and day. I was shocked how badly That BBQ Joint beat SJ's.
Try it yourself. Support local BBQ!
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby Henry Vilas » Thu Mar 20, 2014 4:47 pm

Madison Magazine's review is thumbs up.

Darn Good ’Q at That BBQ Joint
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby LateDeveloper » Tue Apr 01, 2014 12:03 am

My favorite is that dive on Park Street. That is real BBQ!
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby massimo » Tue Apr 01, 2014 8:27 am

If you're talking about JB's Eat-A-Bite I saw a "For Rent" sign in the window the other day :/

*edit-- I guess this is old news.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby LateDeveloper » Tue Apr 01, 2014 9:35 am

Not that one. I believe it is called Dave's BQ.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby massimo » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:13 pm

Never been to that one.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby TheBookPolice » Tue Apr 01, 2014 1:16 pm

No more FAMOUS place than DAVE'S BQ on April 1st.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby Slick Willy » Fri Apr 18, 2014 11:23 am

The taste sounds good, but how's the portion to price ratio?
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby boss302 » Mon Apr 21, 2014 11:34 am

Portion to price ration is pretty good. $6 brisket sandwich, good 1/3 pound of meat(maybe a little more). Good size, sturdy bun. Sides with the sandwich are a little small but are what you would call industry standards for carry-out. A little larger for dine in. An order of so good double fry french fries are almost too much at one time but I've been known to power my way through. :thumbup: It's good enough that I try to make it once a week. The new fried mac and cheese is very good. Tennis ball size panko crumb covered balls that split apart o so nice and I don't normally like mac and cheese.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby Kovalic » Thu Apr 24, 2014 12:21 pm

yesferatu wrote:I should mention that they finally added a Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/That-BBQ ... 7141739634

Recently did a side by side vs. Smoky J's, which I've loved for years.
It was night and day. I was shocked how badly That BBQ Joint beat SJ's.
Try it yourself. Support local BBQ!


Smoky Jon's can be great, but it can also be so darned inconsistent. I've had ribs there that were amazing, and others that were almost like shoe leather, and should never have been served.

It makes me think Jon saves his A-game for the competition stuff...
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby nutria » Sun Apr 27, 2014 12:24 pm

Despite living so close, I got there for my first time on Friday. Two huge thumbs up from the nutria.

What I got: pulled pork on a toasted bun w/ pickles, a side of collards and a side of chili. All were excellent, and there were about a dozen other sides I wanted to try which looked killer. My eating companion had a similar meal to me, but it was brisket, and and one of his sides was a vinegary slaw, all of which he said were fantastic (and they looked as much, to my eyes).

The guy running the place was super friendly, and made the rounds with rib tip samples for everyone eating in (and these were awesome as well).

I'll be making it back there again.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby Bbqking » Thu May 15, 2014 8:34 am

Kovalic wrote:
yesferatu wrote:I should mention that they finally added a Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/pages/That-BBQ ... 7141739634

Recently did a side by side vs. Smoky J's, which I've loved for years.
It was night and day. I was shocked how badly That BBQ Joint beat SJ's.
Try it yourself. Support local BBQ!


Smoky Jon's can be great, but it can also be so darned inconsistent. I've had ribs there that were amazing, and others that were almost like shoe leather, and should never have been served.

It makes me think Jon saves his A-game for the competition stuff...


Jon no longer competes in actual "sanctioned" bbq competitions. The last one I am aware of was 2003, Hog Wild in Madison. He did not fare very well. Smoky Jon's sauce is fantastic, the actual meats, often not so much. I tend to stick with the chopped pork, it is a pretty forgiving preparation. The beef hot link is also a nice addition to the menu.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby Fat.The.Gangster » Tue May 20, 2014 9:22 am

Here's a nice review/story from The Cap Times on That BBQ Joint. Makes me hungry just reading about the brisket. Kind of unfortunate that the article was published during the restaurant's temporary closure as I am sure it will generate interest.
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Re: That BBQ Joint - Willy Street

Postby john_titor » Fri Jun 20, 2014 6:32 pm

We went the other day. The best brisket I have had outside of Kansas City.

Entering the restaurant wafted by the most pleasant smoke smell ever encountered. It felt right. So much that I was sniffing my shirt and fingers after we left. Tender brisket, with a deep rich smoke flavor I have not had in a long time.

The door is not locked, it is just heavy, pull hard and watch your step.


I am a believer.

feel like writing more now edit:

Park on Thornton, across from Mickey's. I was surprised to see Brew and Grow. I had no idea they had multiple stores and the tomatoes looked lovely.

No clue what used to be where that bbq joint is now. A lot has changed since my time.

It is small, the tables fill up fast. But that smell. It's not too much or fake. It is light and nice. I can still breath but everything smells like some really good smoke.

The menu is behind you. They are cool about ice water. It takes a bit to get your food. I saw people come in for pick up, eat in and order for a party. I take back what I said about Lane's Boston Creams and Lillianna's jambalaya, but I will put my name out there on that brisket.

p.p.s. Vinegar based sauce is hot, but go easy and add Memphis
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