Today on the Bite Tonight: Lockhart’s BBQ.
Josh and I have been meaning to try out this BBQ joint and this past weekend we made it in. Located on Third St. in Downtown Royal Oak, Lockhart’s BBQ combines a little bit of something from all parts of the country. See how they ranked.
Atmosphere: 4 out of 5 bites
Price: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Quality/Taste: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Service: 4 out of 5 bites
Wow Factor: 3.5 out of 5 bites
Lockhart’s started out right by serving a cute little jar of pickled veggies: a delicious combination of sweet and sour carrots, onions, jalapeno’s and cukes (pickles).
I went with the Saddle Brisket Burger: 1/2 Lb Brisket burger cooked over open flame and topped with candied bacon, smoked Provolone, Lockhart’s Signature BBQ sauce and crispy fried onions. Where do I begin? The candied bacon was salty, savory, and slightly sweet. The crispy fried onions were delicious. The burger was juicy, tender, and mouthwatering. The signature sauce was tangy and reminded me of Open Pit which in my opinion is one of the best. I added Lockhart’s sweet sauce which took this burger over the top. This was probably the best burger I’ve ever had. Josh even kept stealing bites and he doesn’t like burgers.
The burger came with one side and I was pretty excited when I saw hush puppies on the menu. Crispy exterior with a light corn meal center. The middle wasn’t as fluffy as I’d like, but Lockhart’s scored major kudos for having hush puppies!
Josh went with Dos Chanchos: Pulled pork, smoked bacon & smoked provolone on a homemade bun. The pork was tasty, but not as juicy as I expected . Lockhart’s offered 4 different sauces which included a Carolina mustard, Sweet, Signature, and Fire. They all were pretty subtle, but tasty. Josh got the mac and cheese which was just OK. I still prefer Slow’s mac and cheese which is delicious. However, this mac and cheese gave Josh and I the idea for our own mac & cheese cook off! Stay tuned.
I really liked Lockhart’s industrial high ceilings and exposed brick. I liked that the server station was open to the dining room which consisted of long stainless steel counters used to dress up the dishes with condiments, toppings, and homemade bread. Lockhart’s is definitely running a well oiled machine and it shows. They are packed on the weekends, but we only waited about 10 min when the wait was expected to be 35-40 min. If you haven’t tasted what Lockhart’s has to offer, stop in and see what you think.