The Bottom Line
- Open for lunch and dinner, 7 days per week
- Great side dishes
- Reasonable prices and free soft drink refills
- Corn bread either too crumbly, or not very tasty.
- Big City BBQ is semi-self service. Order at the counter, pay, and they bring your food to the table.
- Big City BBQ offers family dinners and picnic fast packs to go. They also cater.
- You can find recipes and talk to Chef Rasshad at Big City BBQ's attractive web site.
Guide Review - Big City BBQ
I have visited Big City BBQ at both Tempe and Mesa. Tempe is a small, strip mall location, the original Big City BBQ. Not much ambience here, and not too many tables. People come for the food, not cloth napkins, and it's busy. The Mesa location is larger and more spacious, with city scene artwork.
During my visits to Big City BBQ I've tried pulled pork, Louisiana Red Hot Links, beef brisket, ribs, catfish, and about seven of the side dishes. Worthy of special mention is the brisket and hot links. The pulled pork is good, and the catfish was tender and moist--very good. I'll be sticking with the smoked meats and catfish; I saw other folks enjoying the ribs, but I'm a baby back gal. The hot BBQ sauce is great!
Twice I've had cornbread, and twice been disappointed. Last time I noticed that there were five people in the restaurant who also ordered cornbread, and all five left most of it on the plate.
The rest of the sides though, pose a problem, because I can never seem to pick just two that I want! The mixed greens, fried okra and black-eyed peas have to be my favorites so far. Get several and share them with your lunch companions! I've tried all the desserts at Big City BBQ and the pecan pie was my favorite.