Beyond Seattle 2011: March (BBQ and More)

Just a few trips in March, starting in Pocatello, Idaho. It’s not the place you’d think of eating Indian food, but I gave it a try at Himalayan Curry & Kebob House. I had time for a quick lunch, so the buffet called to me, and let’s just say that it sufficiently filled me up in a fast way:


Nothing fancy, but a way to get some much-needed vegetables while traveling. The naan needs work.

My host school took me to dinner that evening to a place called Buddy’s Italian Restaurant. They insisted I start with a salad, which was a massive affair:


Actually, that salad came with my entree: Italian-style ravioli with meatballs. The ravioli are made in-house, so they ask patience while preparing. Very rustic, with the dough too thick. That said, it was fun to sop up the sauce with bread:


I was amazed as everyone dug into their huge portions, with most people taking home leftovers. This enabled room for dessert, with the specialty being carmelo, an “Italian dessert topped with whipped cream & sliced almonds” that was, well, sweet:


My final trip of the month was down south to western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee. Scrambling behind schedule, I grabbed bites of BBQ when I could, starting at The Original Ridgewood Barbeque in Bluff City, Tennessee:


Vinyl booths, local ladies waiting tables, and interesting characters coming in and out of the restaurant. I went for a platter that came with the requisite baked beans, cole slaw, and dinner rolls:


The meat was a little on the dry side, so I had to keep adding sauce, which was on the sweet side. I liked the little crock of baked beans, though I also had to spike that with some hot sauce. Just plain and simple BBQ here.

Next up was Red Pig Bar-B-Q in Johnson City, Tennessee. This time, the slaw came on the (pulled pork) sandwich. The styrofoamed baked beans weren’t as good as the ones at Ridgewood:


Both places were okay for cheap eats experiences. With more time, I’d try to search out better BBQ.

Himalayan curry & Kebab house. on Urbanspoon

Buddy's Italian Restaurant on Urbanspoon

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4 Responses to “Beyond Seattle 2011: March (BBQ and More)”

  1. Paula Sarut
    February 26, 2012 at 4:57 pm #


    Looks like you traveled to my neck of the woods, as it were. I moved down here (without realizing how long I’d stay) just over a decade ago and my first table-waiting job was at The Firehouse Restaurant, also in Johnson City, TN. They have fairly amazing bbq, and worth trying to compare with Red Pig and Ridgewood. I actually haven’t been to Ridgewood yet, but Red Pig didn’t impress me at all compared to The Firehouse. We’re planning a trip to Ridgewood this weekend, which was how I found your blog (researching the restaurant to see if folks think it’s worth its reputation). I’m originally from the midwest, but I’ve gotten used to sweet tea and Carolina bbq with slaw on top. If you do ever get to The Firehouse, try their ribs or the Carolina pulled pork (platter with beans and slaw). I think they put cardamom in their beans for a unique flavor. Best, Paula

  2. Jay
    February 26, 2012 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks…I’ll keep your recommendation in mind, though I don’t know when I’ll be back in the area. Last week, I discovered the amazing Heirloom Market BBQ in Atlanta. Well worth going if you ever get there. I’ll be posting about it at some point.

  3. Rick
    March 4, 2012 at 10:01 am #

    You missed the best part of Ridgewood. Next time, try the homemade blue cheese with crackers. You also need to try the fresh cut fries.

  4. Jay
    March 5, 2012 at 7:27 am #

    Thanks, Rick. If I get back to the area, I’ll be sure to try those (though I might have to bring an extra stomach if I’m traveling solo again!)…

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