Mabel’s fits the BBQ bill

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Being someone from Pittsburgh there really was not a lot that we liked about Cleveland. It was always a rivalry with our sports teams. But I have found something I really like about Cleveland and that’s Mabel’s BBQ. This barbecue joint hails from the city of Cleveland and now we have one of our own right here in Las Vegas. Food Network Iron Chef Michael Symon has brought his Cleveland barbeque restaurant to the Palms Casino Resort. BBQ is an art form for diehard BBQ fans as they take it very seriously and we have several really good BBQ joints around town to choose from. I’m happy to report this one lives up to the advance hype.

This past week I got a chance to check out Mabel’s BBQ and the restaurant layout is pretty cool. It’s a nice open design with an outdoor patio facing Flamingo Road and a second level to the restaurant as well. I went for a very late lunch or a very early dinner, so we hit the place before it got busy. 

I had already pretty much decided that I was going with the beef brisket but asked the waiter what his favorite item on the menu was and without hesitation he said the brisket. 

That made my decision even easier and boy was he right. They have two different kinds of brisket: lean or fatty. I never understood why BBQ places choose to call it lean and fatty as fatty has such a negative connotation. The correct wording should be lean and flavorful or moist and very flavorful. Think of lean being like a NY Strip and fatty being a Rib-Eye. It’s not fat. It’s marbling and that’s where the flavor comes from. 

Both me and my buddy ordered the fatty brisket and I’m just going to say I believe it’s the best brisket I’ve had in Las Vegas and we have some great BBQ places. 

You didn’t need a knife as this brisket was so tender you could cut it with just your fork. I ordered the half-pound of Brisket for $17 and we split a side dish. 

We went with the loaded fried potatoes which were covered in cheese sauce and pulled pork on top. I enjoyed this dish and the potatoes were tasty even if you order them plain. 

For dessert I tried their ice cream sandwich. It was OK but nothing special. Mabel’s BBQ has a very nice beer selection and is reasonably priced for being at a casino restaurant just off the Strip. 

The buddy I was with is somewhat of a beer snob and he approved the selection they had. All in all, I was quite impressed with Mabel’s BBQ and look forward to going back to try something else. 

The wait staff was very attentive and helpful with recommendations. I give Mabel’s BBQ 3.75 Forks.

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