No Barbecue Qualifications
This is in reference to a review that Naomi Wise recently wrote about one of your advertising clients, the House of BBQ (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11). The review was inaccurate and extremely unfair! My family and many of my friends have eaten at this restaurant and have found the food to be delicious! As a matter of fact, I named my favorite dish, the Heaven on a Bun. The dish is exactly that, heavenly! The family that runs the establishment is gracious and kind. Is this really how you treat your clients? Does Ms. Wise have any idea how difficult it is to run a restaurant and build the business? It is extremely difficult in the best of times. In today’s economy, this is next to impossible! Ms. Wise was careless and thoughtless in her review. Please take some time to visit the House of BBQ and enjoy the Heaven on a Bun! Tell them Renee sent you! And please send someone more qualified to do the review!
Love That Wall O’ Beer
Let me start off with I enjoy the controversy of the Reader, but the offensive, inaccurate “Smoking or Non?” article about barbecue was bordering on insanity (Restaurant Review, June 11). I frequent barbecue places in San Diego. Why was Phil’s not mentioned or the San Diego icon Kansas City made famous from Top Gun? As to the accuracy, does your writer need glasses? I eat at Lil’ Piggy’s Bar-B-Q, as I work on the Island. Walking through the front doors, even to order takeout or pick up food, there are four glass-doored coolers with over 100 kinds of beers creating a literal wall of beer.
As for the food, I’ve yet to be disappointed there. Being from Charleston, South Carolina, spices are made from scratch, certainly not using the cheater’s way out with Creole mustard, as suggested by your writer. Their coleslaw is delicious, the potato salad has a zing to it, and the pulled pork sandwiches are fantastic.
Last question: are you hiring new food critics? As the way to a man’s heart is truly through his stomach and I’m hungry.
Next We’re Reviewing Alpo
I’m calling in reference to the dining review that Naomi Wise put on. She should probably change her last name to “Stupid.” I mean, I could not believe that when she did the review for Frankie “The Bull’s” BBQ that she would actually have the audacity to tell people to bring their stash in a backpack when they haven’t even received their license for beer or wine. How ridiculous. And I’m telling you, you’re going to find yourself with a lawsuit if you continue to allow her to use such outlandish things. That was the most ridiculous, ludicrous, I don’t even think that there’s words to describe the dumbness of this person to put such rubbish.
And then, who’s minding the mint? Is there anyone who goes over and reads what she’s putting out before you even say, hey, this is okay? It’s not okay, and you’re going to have to start being more responsible for the people that you hire. I understand that there’s free speech and it’s a free newspaper, and I really do love the Reader dearly. We’re going to have to make some radical choices and some radical changes because this nonsense will allow people to lose their jobs and lose their businesses if you don’t watch out.
So please, think about it, and to be quite honest, she’s not that great of a reviewer. I think I could probably get my dog Rin Tin Tin to do a lot better than her. And also, I called Frankie “The Bull’s” BBQ and asked if they’d read what was written, and they were very, very upset. You don’t want a lawsuit. You, at least, want to be able to put the Reader out the way you’ve been doing, but not like this. Take care.
BBQ Needs A Do-Over
About House of BBQ aka Chicago House of BBQ — the ribs do fall off the bones, the pulled pork is heavenly, and the sauce divine (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11)! We’ve been eating there weekly. Also, don’t forget to try Pete’s daily homemade soups, yummmmmm. We also enjoy the fact that our favorite kind of wine is remembered as well as our names when we walk through the doors. Ms. Wise, give this place another try. You might have been having an off day.
Lies And Slander
I read the Reader today and saw what you wrote about House of BBQ (“Smoking or Non?” Restaurant Review, June 11). I eat there all the time with friends and family, and I always recommend this place to everyone. This place has amazing barbecue. You made a comment about the pulled pork being dry and that it’s so hard you have to cut it because there is no way it was pulled. Well, let me say that we (my family and friends) call it Heaven on a Bun because it is delicious. It is tender. The coleslaw is homemade and out of this world; it is not over mayo. You also commented on paying $3 for bread to have with your dinner. They always give three pieces of garlic bread with all the dinners — never charge for extra bread if you ask — and a complimentary homemade cup of soup with all entrées.
This barbecue house has opened in tough times with this economy. God bless them and all the other restaurants that have the courage. Also, they have brought to us a menu with great prices, great-quality food, huge portions, and homemade delicious items on the menu.
I just want to voice my opinion on your review and tell you you’re wrong, and you will be getting more letters from House of BBQ fans emailing you and standing behind this restaurant. You should make an apology to this restaurant for slandering their name that way with lies. You can have an opinion, yes, but if you didn’t believe it was pulled you should have asked the chef to invite you in the kitchen and see for yourself before writing your review.