When I saw that the Journal’s Dennis Getto was reviewing the Great Northern BBQ Company I kind of had a hunch he would like it. I asked him about it in an online chat a while back and he said he liked it. Last Friday the review came and Dennis awarded it 3 1/2 stars, which is very impressive for a no-frills BBQ joint.
Getto seems to be from the Ruth Reichl school of restaurant reviewing where the cost of eating at the restaurant is not as much of a factor as the experience as a whole. Some reviewers would have a ceiling on how high of a rating they would award a place with counter service and rolls of paper towels on the tables. Getto has always been very fair to the inexpensive eateries in town. He is not afraid to slap 3 stars on a casual Mexican restaurant or casual pub one week and 3 stars on an upscale gourmet restaurant where diners can expect to drop 50 bucks or more per person on dinner the next. With that being said, I still think that I was surprised that this place garnered that high of a rating. Not that I disagree with it, but it does put the Great Northern BBQ Company in some pretty impressive company including these restaurants who recently revieved 3.5 star ratings from Getto:
Nanakusa – usually regarded as the best place in the City for sushi
Andrew’s – Andrew Ruggeri’s upscale restaurant in the Delafield hotel
Brew City – The restaurant formerly known as Brew City BBQ. I was never that impressed with their food, but in all fairness I haven’t been to their new place yet.
Margaux – Sheboygan’s high-end French restaurant
Palmer’s Steakhouse – Regarded as one of the better steak houses in the area
Saffron Indian Bistro – Upscale Indian cuisine
Holiday House – Tess’ Joe Volpe’s newest venture
What I find even more amusing is the highly anticipated, much hyped places that the Great Northern BBQ Company beat including the high profile Kil@Wat, Envoy in the Ambassador Hotel, The Capital Grille, and Sabor.
So I would like to congratulate Mike Keiley & the rest of the crew at the Great Northern BBQ Company on this awesome review! Keep up the great work. If you would like to sample some of the best BBQ in the area, head on over to this place. It is located at 2177 Silvernail Road in Waukesha