The autumn decorations were coming down as the Christmas tinsel went up at LG’s BBQ in Johnson City on the Friday after Thanksgiving when three friends and I decided to give this recently opened barbecue establishment a try.
The restaurant was also offering a special Black Friday discount, slashing the prices by half on everything listed on the menu. Needless to say, that was a great way to lure first-time visitors to the restaurant the day after the big Thanksgiving feast.
The restaurant offers a cozy, down-home environment with such charming touches as a faux fireplace, quilts showcased on display racks and framed art prints with country themes. The beige walls give the dining area a light, airy ambience enhanced by the curio shelves in many of the corners holding an eclectic collection of pig figurines. There’s also a television set up in a corner of the room.
Once my party found seats at one of the restaurant’s tables, a server provided us with menus and took our beverage orders.
As we studied the menu, which involved asking a few questions of the server, we also discovered that none other than LG was attending our table. She admitted to us that the “LG” in the name of the restaurant is her initials, but since we had to coax the names out of her, I’m not reporting them here. She and the other employees on her staff did, however, provide friendly, courteous service throughout the meal, and answered questions we had about different menu items.
Items featured on the menu include Ribs, Beef Brisket, Corned Beef Brisket, Barbecue Chicken (whole or half) as well as pulled pork and pulled chicken platters. A few barbecue sandwiches, as well as hot dogs — including a Big Nathan’s Hot Dog — round out the menu offerings.
I chose the Corned Beef Brisket, although I was tempted by the pulled barbecue pork platter. My friends ordered the Pulled Chicken Sandwich, the Pulled Barbecue Pork Platter and the Half-rack of Barbecue Ribs.
Of course, all these traditional barbecue favorites came accompanied by a choice of all the traditional sides — Potato Salad, Barbecued Beans, Macaroni and Cheese, Baked Beans, Cole Slaw, French Fries, Baked Potato and Loaded Baked Potato.
I paired my meal with the Barbecued Beans and the Baked Potato, while other members of my dining party chose such sides as the French Fries, Cole Slaw and Potato Salad.
Each table is also stocked with LG’s three sauces — Sweet, Mild and Spicy. Two of the members of my dining party found the Sweet Sauce their favorite, but another friend and I preferred the Spicy Sauce, which offered a mustard-vinegary condiment given some extra peppery heat. This sauce went particularly well with the tender, mild slices forming the generous portion of Corned Beef Brisket on my platter.
I also got to sample the ribs, which were juicy and pulled effortlessly from the bone. My other dining companions expressed pleasant sentiments about their meals.
I also enjoyed my side items. The Barbecued Beans, infused with some sweet barbecue sauce and ground beef, tasted quite flavorful. I also liked my Baked Potato. It may seem a simple thing, but I’ve had plenty of bad baked potatoes in restaurants. It’s always nice to get one prepared just right.
After these hearty, flavorful meals, LG returned to tempt us with us a sweet conclusion for the meal. Dessert options during our visit included Dreamsicle Cake, New York Cheesecake, Pecan Pie, Peanut Butter Pie and Apple Pie with Cinnamon Ice Cream. I opted to share a slice of Apple Pie with the Cinnamon Ice Cream with a friend. Our two other friends shared a slice of the New York Cheesecake, which was topped with cherries.
I enjoyed the traditional apple pie, but I think the zesty Cinnamon Ice Cream was even more of a special treat than the pie.
LG’s BBQ has been open for business for about four months. If you haven’t paid a visit and you’re a barbecue fan, consider a visit in the near future. Let them know they came recommended.
The restaurant also offers pork, ribs and brisket by the pound, as well as different sizes of most of its side dishes. Keep that in mind for upcoming holiday events. There’s also a menu for the kids, so a visit to LG’s BBQ can be affordable for the whole family.
AT A GLANCE: LG’s BBQ, 2401 S. Roan St., Johnson City. 707-7912. Dinner entrees range from $4.99- $15.99. Tuesday-Thursday, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday- Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Sunday, noon to 6 p.m. Credit cards accepted. Carryout available.