If you like great BBQ ribs and sandwiches, you’re going to love this place. Owned by Russ and Marie Swart, this place is always packed. Open at 11:30 a.m. until the last food junkie leaves, this place is sought out by people from all walks of life and every conceivable location. It’s just that famous!
The food is prepared by a master chef named Doug, who starts early each morning to guarantee that everything is just as it should be for each and every item on the menu, which also includes steaks and fresh local seafood and vegetables. The ribs are wood smoked in a large professional smoker, as is the BBQ chicken. However, out in front of the restaurant is a backyard smoker that when lit every morning with what I think might be apple wood, gives off a really great smoke that fills the neighborhood with the aroma of BBQ. Nothing is cooked in this smoker, but it magically draws in the patrons wanting to taste the flavors they are drawn to by the smoke of this unit.
There are several things other than the food that draw people to this restaurant. The coziness of the place, including the bar where you can watch sports or the news on several flat screen tv’s, and the friendly wait staff lead by Russ and Marie’s son Kevin and the hostess, Marlene. The walls and ceiling are decorated with both sea-going and antique trinkets. And behind glass cases are both police and firemen’s badges and decals, one of which is in memory of six firemen who unfortunately lost their lives in a tragic fire in Worcster Ma in 1999. Russ deeply cares about those professions because as a young man he was both a policeman and fireman at different stages of his life.
It’s not hard to find this great restaurant because it’s located on the major highway which runs from the Sagamore Bridge to Provincetown, Rte. 6, in Eastham, and only a few miles from the rotary in Orleans. It sits on the left side of the road as you drive towards Provincetown, easy to find because you should smell the smoke when you approach.
I know that when I next visit this fantastic place of enjoyment, I’ll bump shoulders with some of you. So until then, happy trails!