We recently completed our dining research at Archies BBQ located on Rt 219 in McHenry MD. I think that BBQ much like pizza are food categories that can be REALLY subjective. Having had a chance to eat many menu items the following review is as objective as I can be, based on similar establishments found near Deep Creek Lake. Lets face it, Deep Creek Lake or Garrett County are not known for BBQ, yet.
When I think of ‘pit meat’ I reminisce about guys cooking chunks of meat over a trash barrel in obscure Baltimore locations. When you enter Archies the ambiance is not quite the same. This place was spotless, not what I like in meat places, but if I can’t be in an alley this is the standard for what a restaurant should be. We are dealing with dripping juices and sauces yet nothing was greasy, sticky or scary anywhere to be seen.
Counter service is perfect in a place like this, one less thing to go wrong or give a bad impression before you get down to the business of meat. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable about their process and product. Food in baskets, picnic tables, paper towels on the table. The way BBQ should be, but man this place is clean.
Now for the grub… Impressive. I loved the brisket and wings. Thought the pork was great, ribs to. One of my partners wanted more sauce. In my opinion if you want to eat a sauce sandwich order it. I want to taste the pig. I have not tried all the side dishes but the baked beans were killer. I would like to think that they cook below the meat and absorb all the fatty good flavor. If not, they still hit the spot. Cornbread is cornbread is cornbread. Coleslaw may not be my favorite style but nothing was wilted or off color or smell so a winner.
The only negative comment I heard was some thought it was pricey. I looked at the amount of meat on my sandwich, figured in labor of love to cook it and however much they paid someone to clean the place, I thought it was reasonable. Overall I am giving a 4.5 out of 5. Remember nothing is perfect.
Appearance 4.5 Service NA Food Quality 4.5 Overall Experience 4.5
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