One of these days they'll get me.  They'll make me change my way of cooking, and when they do, that'll hurt my product. The style of barbecue we have here in Lexington is very unique. I think it will start to fade away.

— Wayne Monk

Owner, Lexington Barbecue as quoted in Smokestack Lightning

bkarau's Review of Sonny Bryans Smokehouse

  • Atmosphere: Surrounded by scalding black asphalt at 10:30 am - nice. The structure is a model of marginal capital expansion - everything is grafted (poorly) onto the concrete block base. I love the schoolroom seating. ZZ Top comes on the radio as we order - the tour is underway! Presentation is on plastic plates - there is a good-sized smudge on mine of unknown origin.
  • Sausage: Very soft and homogeneous. Texture is almost storebought. Slight spice but otherwise unremarkable.
  • Beef: Tender. Dark but shallow ring. Sauce drowned the flavor - in our rush to get started we neglected to specify that it be put on the side.
  • Spare Rib: Very tender. Good flavor, but again the sauce is overpowering.
  • Coleslaw: Thick cabbage, thin creamy sauce. Just a slight twang - like the sausage it seems designed not to offend.
  • Beans: A bit unique - slightly sharp and bitter - very tasty but a bit overcooked.
  • Overall: A classic joint.
  • Potato Salad: No different than Tom Thumb grocery.
Main Fare: 
6.3
Other Fare: 
4.6
Atmosphere: 
6.4