MARYSVILLE — For everyone in Everett who’s missing the Southern-style barbecue of Mo’s Best BBQ, the good news is lunch and dinner are still being served, with breakfast on the way.
Monique “Mo” and Leonard Gales moved their restaurant six months ago to a larger location in Marysville. The dining room has a spacious feel, partly due to the room left between tables and the clean, white walls. Apple green trim and oilcloth tablecloths complete the simple, down-home feel. And the Sunday afternoon we visited, a bag of mesquite sat just inside the front door.
The menu’s also straightforward, offering sandwiches ($6 to $7) and plated dinners ($8.50 to $14) heaped with barbecued beef, chicken or pork, plus a little sausage, catfish gumbo ($11) and the mandatory hamburger along with sides like baked beans, macaroni and cheese, potato salad and corn bread. For those who like to venture into the tastes of Southern cooking a little further, there are collard greens, fried okra and candied yams to sample. Sides cost $2 for a small portion, up to $4 for a large.
My friend and I added small sides of potato salad, okra and baked beans to our sandwiches of pulled pork ($6.50) and beef brisket ($7). Both sandwiches came on fresh hamburger-sized buns filled with hearty portions of meat and enough sauce to make extra napkins a necessity. In fact, Mo’s motto is “you’ll get lost in our sauce,” and we did. If I had it to do over again, I’d order a side of sauce and drown my sandwich about every third bite.
Our friendly server (who’s also the assistant manager) came to check on us a couple of times during our meal. He said he was concerned because we were so quiet. We explained that we were too busy eating and grunting our approval. My friend’s baked beans were top notch, and the potato salad fresh and house-made. My deep-fried okra was crunchy good. We handed back almost spotless plates and bowls because it was all so yummy.
For dessert, I wanted peach cobbler but, sadly, it was all gone, so I substituted a slice of sweet potato pie. My friend went straight for the banana cream pie ($4 each). If you haven’t had sweet potato pie, it’s a close cousin to pumpkin, and this was a good one. My friend’s banana cream pie was made just like my grandmother’s — with vanilla wafers substituting for the crust. There wasn’t much talking during dessert, either.
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