Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Scott Ja-Mama’s – Minneapolis, MN

If you recall, the last time HotGirlsBrother and I tried to get ribs, it didn’t go well. So we made sure we left at a decent time to get there before anything weird happened. As we’re sitting at the intersection in front of Scott Ja-Mama’s, we see a couple of people walk out, and then… we see the guy putting a sign in the window of the door… seriously, like they were closing. Lo-Vee hopped out of the car and ran to the door – they were closing for some graduation party!!! HotGirlsBrother ran after her and pleaded with the guy to feed us. He said he only had like three slabs of ribs left, which just so happened to be what we needed.

We ordered three half slabs of ribs (the dinners) and gabbed a couple cans of soda out of the fridge (they had SuperChill in the fridge – wurd). I asked for mine hot as did HotGirlsBrother though Lo-Vee got the Medium. I just had a feeling about it and went with it. The guy came out and apologized but he only had two coleslaws left – assured him it was fine since I don’t even eat coleslaw. He felt bad so he went in back and grabbed three Twinkies and threw them in the bag with our food. The guy was all about customer service. Awesome. I couldn’t tell you the last time I had Twinkies. Billiant.

Then HotGirlsBrother and I both realized neither of us had cash. And upon asking, we found out he only takes cash or checks. Fortunately, Lo-Vee had brought her checkbook with her in the car. Lo-Vee, you are the best.

We grabbed our food and headed back to HotGirlsBrother’s apartment to watch… the season finale of American Idol. I won’t go into any sort of review of American Idol… this time. Let’s talk ribs. The ribs were white guy ribs. They were good – not great, but good. The sauce was not as spicy as I expected, but it had some zip that grew on you. The meat was just a tad overcooked for my taste. But they were pre-cut into individual ribs which was nice that I didn’t have to cut them. The meat didn’t fall off the bones, but it was still good quality meat without gristle and stuff. I would get ribs from here again, for sure. The meal came with a dinner roll and a baked potato which was actually pretty good (although it had a weird texture).

I am glad we finally got to eat here. It’s not at the top of the Twin Cities rib list, but it’s not at the bottom either. It’s just middle of the road good. However, since the guy was so freaking nice, I’ll be back just to get real human service. The guy is awesome.

Top 5 things about Scott Ja-Mama’s
1. The guy that runs the place is awesome
2. The rib meat is really good
3. The sauce had my lips tingling for 15 minutes after I finished eating
4. We seriously got Twinkies for dessert
5. The weird potato was really good

Bottom 5 things
1. Gerd should be eating ribs at Scott Ja-Mama’s
2. Meat was a touch overcooked
3. This place closes at random times – especially when I’m on my way… ha ha ha
4. For “hot” bbq sauce, it definitely could have been hotter
5. Had to watch American Idol finale


Josh said...

White guy ribs? I prefer pork ribs.

I found your blog not too long ago and I've enjoyed reading it. I'll probably start leaving random comments in old posts.

Chao said...

I'm looking forward to the comments, Josh. Looks like we'll have to compare notes on a couple of places. And if you've got suggestions, I'm certainly open. I'll go through your blog and see if I can find some hidden gems.

Anonymous said...

Bummer. Scott's used to be really good. I wonder if the ribs sat and got dried out?

Well, you got Twinkies and did not have to sit outside anyone's apartment weeping. Guarded success, I'd say!

EnYa Face!