If you are anticipating a negative review, you can move on. Blue Moon BBQ may have some things about which I will comment, but overall, not bad at all.
First and foremost, I will say the food is pretty darn good, if you like southern barbecue, that is. Personally, I don’t care for the sticky sweet sauce, but that’s me. Apparently, I am outnumbered.
I do have two comments, but you knew I couldn’t end my review there, right? First, when I ask the cashier, who took our order, if they use real butter she assured me they did. Then, she thought it a good idea to double-check. She did and confirmed they did, indeed, use real butter. Now, as one who uses real butter it was obvious instantly that it was not real butter – you know, the kind that comes from cows and not a mixture of some oil blend. The glop I received, was without a doubt, not the real deal. I do wish restaurants would get off the lobbyist bandwagon about ‘heart-healthy margarine’ … it isn’t healthy. Period. Well, one more thing: do we even know what margarine is? I would much prefer to trust a cow, not a chemist.
Second, portion sizes. Yeah, I know … we (and I use the term loosely) want to get our money’s worth, right? I prefer perfectly cooked, locally grown food and I’m willing to pay for it. Many, dare I say most, prefer quantity vs quality. It’s all about the dollar. I recall, years ago, having breakfast with my husband and stepson. The restaurant of choice offered an all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet – multiple kinds of meat, eggs, grits, toast, multiple kinds of potatoes, pancakes, waffles, and one little option for fruit – not fresh, mind you, but canned and all for $5.99! My stepson was appalled that I ordered from the menu – a small bowl of oatmeal with a side of raisins and a cup of hot tea. He proceeded to lecture me on ‘how to eat at a buffet’ and how important it was to ‘get our money’s worth.’ I actually paid the same price for my decent bowl of oatmeal. After we finished eating, my stepson proudly patted his abundant belly, offered a burp, and said, “Now, I got my money’s worth.” He hadn’t paid for breakfast – LOL!
But back to portion size and Blue Moon BBQ … I will have to peruse their menu again and look for something more to my liking. Today I ordered a baked potato with ‘butter’ and sour cream on the side and 2 ounces of “unsauced” shredded pork. OK, the pork was a little on the dry side – I suppose that’s where the BBQ sauces come in and the potato was absolutely, without a doubt so big that I only ate about a quarter of it. Interesting, I think, that their regular drink size was a mere 16 ounces – way smaller than what I am used to getting. Funny, I thought – though I was rather pleased with my smaller cup. I often find myself only filling my cup about half way or throwing out half. It was a nice change, but it sure didn’t match my massive potato.
Oh, one more comment: when I spoke to the manager and cashier about half portions, I was offered the children’s menu option. While I am not opposed to ordering from a child menu, the offerings was what has become standard: chicken fingers, hot dog, etc. Why can’t they provide smaller portions of their regular menu? Hmmm … something for them to think about.
So, the bottom line? If you’re hungry, you will leave stuffed if you eat everything. They have salad – I got that last time and again, left about four cups of lettuce on the plate. Way too much food and even though I hate to waste the food, it is better for my waist.