Yesterday we got to Albany a little before our friends. After crossing over the bridge into downtown we decided to explore the area around the Flint RiverQuarium. Becks was initially excited by what looked like an ice cream shop across from the riverquarium but upon closer inspection it looked like it was out of business.
We continued to drive around downtown and for the most part it was a fairly depressing drive. While there were some nice looking office building, governmental complexes and old homes in need of a little TLC, there were very few restaurants, coffee shops or local shops.
One bright spot I found was the Riverfront Bar BQ located at 105 W. Broad Street. I wanted to have lunch there but was outvoted. However, after we left the riverquarium Becks told me to stop and get something or else I would regret not having explored a potential bbq find.
I agreed with her and after parking the car ran across the street. Upon entering I was greeted by an older woman behind the counter. I ordered a large pulled pork sandwich plus a couple of drinks for Becks and I on the ride home. While I waited at one of the high tops I watched my sandwich being prepared on the other side of the corrugated steel wall. The cook grilled the bun on a flat top and once it was nicely browned piled it with a mound of chopped pork. She then loaded it up in a box, called my number and I was on my way.
When I made it back to the car I opened the styrofoam container and was impressed. The sandwich took up most of the box and wedged in between the meat and the walls were a few pickle chips and a small container of sauce. I dipped my finger in it and noticed it was apparently their sweet selection. It tasted mainly of ketchup and brown sugar. Since I am not a fan of sweet sauce I set it aside and focused on the meat.
I grabbed a nice piece of meat with a little brown on the outside and tasted it. Jackpot! It was delicious. It has a nice smoked flavor and was very tender. It also had a great balance between smokiness and the natural sweetness of the pork. The meat was so well prepared that it did not even need sauce, and in fact, I think that any sauce (no matter how tasty) would have taken away from the sandwich. That is how great the pork was cooked. I made Becks try a piece and after eating the piece I gave her she snuck a few more out of the box while I munched on the sandwich. By the time I finished there was nothing left in the box except for a few crumbs.
Overall, I was very impressed by Riverside Bar BQ’s pork sandwich. The meat was very well done and I would make the hour drive up to Albany again just to have another one. I would also like to try their ribs (which looked great as the cook was carrying them in from the smoker) and their mustard BBQ sauce.
Sweet Tea & Bourbon’s Rating:
Presentation: C (To go in a sack)