Best Barbecue (2000)
Honey Bear's BBQ
5012 East Van Buren
(and 2824 North Central, 602-279-7911)
Today, their Tennessee-style barbecue continues to draw in diners, lured by the smells of smoking meat and simmering sauces.
Their slogan: "You don't need no teeth to eat our meat." That's true. Pulled pork, beef and chicken positively collapse before we can gnaw them down. Pork ribs and whole or half-chickens slip from the bone. Hot links -- well, these take a tooth or two to snap their firm casing and get to the spicy sausage within.
Our honey of a meal is a large combo sandwich of pork and chicken. It's not on the menu, but always happily accommodated. The massive mound of meat comes tucked in a soft bun and wrapped in tin foil. The foil's important -- it seals in the heat, keeping the bun warm. Spicy sauce is served on the side.
It's a barbecue we could bear to eat every single day.
Readers' Choice: Honey Bear's BBQ