By Pamela Brownstein
Tucked into the corner storefront of an unassuming strip mall, Big Joe’s Bar-B-Q continues to serve up classic meats and sides to hungry locals. Chef and owner Yuni stays true to Southern staples she knows her clients crave, but also branches out and gets creative with the introduction of new items to the menu. Last week, as the Lunch Bunch sampled a variety of these new dishes, the restaurant stayed busy with full tables as well as a steady stream of customers picking up and ordering meals for take out.
For our first appetizer, we were presented a beautiful platter of snow crab legs. Perfectly cooked, it felt very satisfying to break off a leg and crack open the shell to reveal pieces of warm, succulent meat. We also tried the chicken wings and deemed them quite yummy.
The Fish’N Chips combo featured fried shrimp and fish over french fries. Elizabeth was a big fan of the fried fish fillets. The fried pork chop platter was also enjoyed by the table.
While the new items were all good, my favorite is still the Bulgogi: a Korean barbecue dish with sliced beef steak marinated in a special sauce served over vegetables and white rice. It is hard to describe what makes it so delicious, but the flavors are excellent and it’s unlike anything else offered
Big Joe’s Bar-B-Q is located at 780 D Parris Island Gateway, Port Royal, next to the BP station, open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Family Day delivery to Parris Island; Marine graduates eat free on Friday. For take out or catering, call 843-770-0711 or visit www.bigjoesbbq.net.