Bluestone American BBQ, 470 Sydney Road, Coburg. Phone: 9042 6347
In a tasty chunk of synchronicity, Nat and I both find ourselves at a bit of Sunday loose end and desirous of an outing of some sort.
Preferably – nay, compulsorily – involving food.
So we agree to meet about halfway between our respective abodes – at Bluestone American BBQ on Sydney Road in Coburg.
Truth is, we’d been planning to hit this joint for a while.
In the meantime, unsurprisingly, it has been written about and covered rather extensively.
Perhaps, I muse, the recently introduced $12 lunchbox menu may be a new wrinkle (see menus below) for me to cover.
But that plan remains stillborn in the face of Nat’s hungry determination to have brisket – which appears in none of the boxes.
That’s very cool, my friend – I’m happy to go with your flow.
So we end up having a right royal barbecue blowout in the form of the Pitmaster Pick No.2 ($39.90 a head).
Bluestone American BBQ is done out in suitably rustic style.
We find Sunday lunch an ideal time to visit what is proving to be a very popular eatery, though it fills up steadily as we enjoy our meal.
Our Pitmaster Pick No.2 line-up consists of … smoked cheddar sausage, stone-ground grits, applewood chicken chops, Cuban-style pulled pork and tangy creole slaw and …
… Texas-style brisket, fire-roasted red peppers, pit-braised pulled lamb, BBQ street corn, with two kinds of pickles besides!
This all very excellent barbecue.
And there’s heaps of it.
So much so that the $40 price tag – exorbitant by our usual Sunday lunch standards – impresses as good value verging on a bargain.
It’s tricky to pick standouts – if anything, I love most the sticky chicken.
The meat is mostly heavily sauced, with Nat wishing – at least a little – that some of the meat had been left a bit more austere.
It’s not a problem for me.
Instead of the brisket slices with which we are familiar, here it is served in one big handsome slice, and seems braise-like.
The sides, too, rock our lunch, though I am never going to be a grits fan.
The one dud is the corn.
In a meal so otherwise rich, these cobs – slathered in some kind cheesy concoction – simply don’t fit for us.
Salt, pepper and butter would be the go, we reckon.
Bluestone American BBQ is warmly recommended by us as a fine, meaty establishment, especially as it located in a suburb not noted for such food and where parking is not a problem.
In addition to the Friday-Saturday-Sunday lunchboxes, on Tuesdays is offered what looks like an excellent $12.50 deal of chicken, pulled pork, sausage, slaw, peppers, grits and wedges.
Check out the Bluestone American BBQ website here.