Tue 26 May 2009 10:45 pm
“Barbecue” is a fighting word in this city; there’s no way to express a preference for one place over another without hearing how (a) Seattle has no good barbecue, and (b) your favorite isn’t actually the best. I’m glad I don’t man Sunset magazine’s inbox after seeing the latest issue choose “10 best barbecue joints in the West”. Surprise! While the top honors went to BarBersQ in Napa, Seattle won two spots on the list . Washington was the only state besides California to score more than one spot.
Hot stuff! Roy’s BBQ came in at #2, described as “BBQ-sandwich heaven,” where owner Shane O’Neil, who bought the tiny shop four years ago, “makes the most of hickory-smoked meat with finely chosen details.” And Smokin’ Pete’s, which we were just talking about here, scored #7, because “the dry-rubbed, hickory- and cherry-smoked barbecue…is juicy with a subtle, almost haunting quality.”
The full list is here. Read it and argue all you please. And if anyone wants to then move onto the hamburgers, another hot source of debate, let me say that Food Network Magazine kindly credited me with recommending Lunchbox Laboratory as the gotta-try burger in Washington state in its latest issue, and I’m not the only one who felt that way.