Side Door BBQ
Named for the restaurant’s side door entry on Mary Street, this specialist barbeque celebrates all things American. The interior is all wooden panels, exposed brick and beams painted over in speckled white and splashes of red. It’s a look that’s as suited to a casual brunch as it is a big night out, aided in no small part by the menu of Texan-style smoked meats cooked slowly over wood chips till tender and succulent.
Partner Des Teague believes the style of barbeque is closest to what Australians would like and relies on the use of simple rubs and spices rather than heavy smoking. Standards such as ribs, hush puppies and thickly cut brisket are offered alongside bacon popcorn, pork belly lollipops and other house creations. A comprehensive drinks selection of wines, cocktails and American beers complements the menu.
Impressive meat trays leave smoky trails as they exit the kitchen, delivered by ruby red-lipsticked waitresses and waiters in suspenders and bow-ties. Fat rolls of paper towels are conveniently placed on every table, ready to soak up sauces and meat juices while a jukebox armed with a soundtrack of American diner classics provides background music.