I usually try to keep things on this blog positive, but I have to keep things honest. With all of the great food that I get to eat, there's bound to be some not-so-good stuff.
On Sunday, we were excited to try Mark's Bark, they-of-the-not-having-a-proper-website. They of the only open from 12-6 on Sundays. They of the please-take-your-family-and-scoot variety.
Anyway, my family and I strolled down at the appointed time on Sunday, excited that a barbecue place was now open in our neighborhood, even if it was only open for a few hours a week.
The menu looked interesting, although the ribs were not available until 2 or 3 o'clock. They couldn't seem to determine just when a menu item would be ready. Strike one.
We contemplated the menu, which was written on a white board. A menu on a board is generally a good thing, as it signifies that the food is fresh and made with in-season ingredients. Things were looking up!
We ordered the combination platter with beef brisket and pulled pork to share, with the garlic fries as a side. The other sides were potato salad, baked beans, and slaw, none of which we like. It was something of a fight to get the garlic fries, even though we paid extra happily.
Our food came out in good time, and the portions were of a good size. The meat had a nice flavor, with a good smoke, and the fries were quite good. However, the meat was a tad dry because...they don't provide sauce!
The sauce was extra, and expensive! For a tiny ramekin of sauce, it was 0.25. I don't mean to seem cheap, but if you think about how much sauce most would want with barbecue, that adds up to be at least a couple more bucks per meal. It just strikes me as incredibly cheap and predatory, and frankly, is a huge turn off to returning.
The service was also pretty rude. It was pretty obvious that the people behind the counter were annoyed that we had our meal in the dining room, as it was packaged to go even when we stated that we were eating in the dining room. My child was not making a scene, as she was quite behaved.
It's nice to have a barbecue place so close, I don't think that we'll return.