Tuesday, February 21, 2012 at 1:30 p.m.
The Pork and Slaw sandwich with a side of roasted veggies.
Sometimes you sit down to eat at a diner on the far side of Glendale, order a pulled pork sandwich topped with slaw, finish it with a deep-fried Twinkie, and tell yourself the place would be a great addition to Diners, Drive-ins and Dives - if it weren't such a local secret.
Then, as if by destiny, you see the sign on your way out that says, "featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives," and realize you haven't seen every episode ever made.
Although the majority of the menu items exceed the ten dollar mark, their most popular items (the sandwiches) are all $8.95, and there's fifteen to choose from. They have sliced brisket, pulled chicken, and even pulled turkey, but the most ordered item is none other than the "pork and slaw sandwich," and it comes with you choice of side, whether it be barbecue beans, a half ear of corn on the cob, or their grilled veggies on a skewer.
At a barbecue joint too often does the meat itself take a backseat to the sauce, as if it were just there for consistency rather than the basis of flavor for which the sauce itself ought to work around. The opposite is enforced At Thee Pitts Again, where the pulled pork isn't lathered, slathered, dipped, and down-right swimming in barbecue sauce before it even hits the bun, and that's because it'd be a shame to cover up the hours spent cooking the meat slowly til' it falls off the bone.
The flavor and chew of the pork is great but, that being said, you have to look for it a bit more than you'd hope. It certainly isn't bland, but it doesn't pop from a smoky, juicy meat flavor or a bright, herbaceous sauce either. But the combination of the meat, the sauce, the coleslaw and the toasty bun as the package deal it is becomes a sandwich worth telling your friends about, and daring them to fit in a Twinkie that's been deep-fried in pancake batter before the check.
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