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Baby Back Shak Top 100

A half slab at this barbecue joint means seven baby back ribs kissed with smoke, spiced with pepper and just-right tender: The meat doesn’t fall off the bone, but pulls off with the gentlest of tugs. It just narrowly beats out the boudin plate as our favorite order, but the boudin (here spelled boudain) is top-notch, too, especially dunked in a cup of sauce. The small dining room pays loving tribute to great blues musicians and displays two decades’ worth of media praise.

Top pick: We love two meaty sides: excellent, peppery, lick-the-takeout-container baked beans and the boudin links. (Yes, boudin can be ordered as a side dish with a rack of ribs to make the ultimate meat plate.)
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  • Price: $$
  • Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-5:45 p.m.; Friday & Saturday 11 a.m.-6:45 p.m.
  • Alcohol: No Alcohol
  • Reservations: Not accepted
  • Parking: Free, Lot available
  • Takeout