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MEAT & SHAKE


pretend you don’t know what I’m talking about) this would be heaven. When you want to chow down without a thought for calories or cholesterol, Meat and Shake is a good spot. Southern barbecue, with all the trimmings and desserts you wish had been invented in the ‘70s when you really needed them! This is the third Meat and Shake


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with, so I’m told, quite a few more in the offi ng. I guess I’m not the only one having fl ashbacks! There is one veggie option on the menu, a sweet potato burger. Otherwise, we are in serious meat territory with sides of fries, mac ‘n cheese, slaw, onion rings…all the things I usually want instead of what I make myself eat at home: sautéed kale with miso! Mixed olives (£2.90) and hot link sausages (£3.90) showed a bit of restraint on our part. The beef and lamb sausages were very tasty,


f this were 1975 and I had a huge case of the munchies (don’t


charred just right and served with good bread and butter pickles. Along with the olives, that was 2 of our 5-a- day right there! Sadly, the much publicized smoker was out of order, which meant no smoked ribs or 18 hour smoked brisket. I will have to have another fl ashback for that bris- ket. Ribs braised in cola-BBQ sauce (£19.50) were a pretty good substi- tute. Heavily charred on the outside and tender as can be on the inside with a good tangy sauce. The portion was obscene. I gave a huge chunk to my friend, ate for all I was worth, and still left half on the plate. Said friend’s 10 oz. rump steak seemed miniscule by comparison. It was a decent steak though, tender and cooked medium as he had ordered. His skin on fries (£2.90) were nothing special but my sweet potato fries were very good as were the pit beans (the house version of baked beans) both at £3.20. Cajon corn on the cob (£3.20) was the best


Reviewed by Michael M Sandwick


of the sides. Poached, chargrilled and nicely spiced, it won the prize for presentation. Still wrapped in the husks but with the silk removed, this was down home cookin’ with a bit of sophistication. Feeling virtuous, I ordered the


coconut and mango shake (£5.80) adding two more to my 5-a-day. With the sweet potato and corn and I was now up to 6, meaning I could make do with only 4 the following day! My friend slid headlong down the slippery slope and had the peanut butter, brownie and banana shake (£6.50). We both loved it of course, but my enthusiasm was dampened by thoughts of kale for a week. By now we were both ready to


keel over, so we could only share one dessert. Deep fried Oreo doughnuts with salted caramel and ice cream (£5.80). If reading that doesn’t give you munchie fl ashback, then you really don’t know what I am talking about!


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Far Right: T-Bone Steak Right: The Smoking Bandit


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