The more I think about barbecue, the more I start thinking that it’s one of our most important road food traditions.  The reason that it remains vital, besides the fact it’s good, is that it cannot be tamed.  It can’t be gotten out of a can; it can’t be frozen ahead.  BBQ doesn’t negotiate, and it suffers fools badly.  Barbecue requires time, smoke, and above all, skill.  Which is why attempts to corporatize it ultimately fail.

— Alton Brown

Feasting on Asphalt, Episode 2 - I Smell Pork

Smoke Daddy's Review of Taylor Cafe

Joint: 

MAIN FARE:Taylor Cafe Entrance

  • Ribs - Big spare ribs... Damn, those are good!  Smoky, nearly fall-off-the-bone-tender.  Melt in your mouth goodness!  Must... stop... eating... rib.
  • Brisket - Slices cut from the 'moist' end of the brisket.  Tender and flavorful with a little salt on the finish.  This is good stuff.  Nice smoke ring: doesn't explode with smoke, but a good smoke/meat balance.
  • Sausage - Firm and [black] peppery.  Pork/beef mix?  Either too lean or cooked too long today - is kind of dry.  I can't decide... My mind keeps wandering back to that rib!

OTHER FARE:

  • Not rated

ATMOSPHERE:Taylor Cafe Counter

  • Hole in the wall, but has a long history here
  • Right next to the tracks, and a train rolls by as we arrive
  • Stools at the counter, but we moved to a table for "family-style" service
  • Folks are all friendly and service is good

Taylor Cafe on Urbanspoon

Main Fare: 
8
Other Fare: 
5
Atmosphere: 
8

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