Barbecue joint more than ‘OK’

  • <br>Enterprise staff
  • Monday, March 3, 2008 10:04am

You likely will need two items during a visit to Otis Austin’s OK Corral Southern Style Barbecue.

One is an abundance of napkins and the other is a take-home box.

It also helps if you look past the quirky setting and concentrate on the food, which is billed as Seattle’s best BBQ.

The locals clearly know where to find good food.

On a recent weeknight visit, the restaurant was bustling with customers, both dine-in and take out. Inside seating is limited with only three large tables, which are sometimes shared by patrons. More tables are available outside and several customers were enjoying the recent hot weather in the Pacific Northwest. Many people appeared to be picking up dinner while on their way home from work.

The ambiance of the OK Corral might be described as not your “typical” restaurant. Some visitors might find it a little odd that the eatery shares its quarters with a stereo, television and video recorder repair shop.

Take some time to look at the various pictures and pieces of art that adorn the walls. The OK Corral definitely has charm you won’t find at a chain restaurant.

The down-home kitchen is located in an adjoining room and you can watch as the staff prepares your food.

The most popular dinner appears to be “The Hook Up,” which features more than ample portions of pork ribs, chicken and a hot link. Also included are greens, beans and rice and either hush puppies or cornbread, depending on what the chef has prepared for the day.

The ribs are tender and the meat gently falls off the bone. Several napkins are a necessity in order to savor the slightly vinegary barbecue sauce. Be prepared to get a little messy.

On this particular day, the kitchen had prepared fried chicken as opposed to the slowcooked variety. The spicy Louisiana hot links are a special combination of pork, chicken and beef.

Other dinners available include pork ribs, chicken, hot links and catfish.

Whatever the selection be assured that dine-in customers will need a take-home box. The entree and side order portions are enormous and there’s no way you’ll want the food to go to waste.

Daily sandwich or “sam’mich” specials also are available. The barbecue sauce also is available for purchase.

No meal would be complete without a glass of Hood juice, a delicious fruity concoction. If you’ve restrained yourself somewhat, then you can wrap up what will surely be a memorable dining experience with a piece of sweet potato pie.

For those individuals who love barbecue, the short drive to Greenwood is a small price to pay for some of the best barbecue in the area.

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