Another local favorite in the Alpharetta area delivers. A review of ‘Cue in Milton
Brother Fixin’s and Pledge Doodles found time to get away for a suburban BBQ adventure last Friday. ‘Cue in Milton was the destination, and we left happy!
Pledge Doodles’ Review
Enjoyed another fine meal at ‘Cue in Milton, GA! There is much to like about treating yourself to some barbeque at this local favorite. Others obviously agree as the restaurant has to hire a parking attendant to help the rush of patrons to find available spots during the busy Friday lunch hour.
My family and I come here a LOT, and I normally order barbeque chicken sandwich with slaw and pickles accompanied by a side of fresh cut fries with the house dipping sauce. The combination of the freshly baked, thick roll along with the tender chicken covered in the house sauce, piled high then topped with your choice of two different types of slaw makes this chicken sandwich the best in Milton. But since I was there to do a review, I branched out to try the brisket.
While the main course of brisket left me longing for my usual order, the appetizers made it worth the trip north from the Perimeter for lunch. Our group of three indulged ourselves with both the sausage sampler and the ribs appetizer. Cudos to ‘Cue for their creativity in offering the sausage sampler on the menu – a unique alternative from the common barbeque fare that should not be missed. And the ribs were some of the meatiest that I have ever had and the meat fell right off the bone with hardly a shake. After the quality of the appetizers, all of us were eagerly awaiting what was coming out from the kitchen next!
This trip left me in a predicament as no longer will my order at ‘Cue be an automatic when Mrs. Doodles is craving the Southwestern Barbeque Chicken Salad yet again. It’s good to have alternatives and I look forward to having to choose between my old faithful and an appetizer of sausage alongside a meaty plate of ribs. It will be a tough decision but I think you will agree that this sounds like a great dilemma to have!!! 4 meat cleavers!
Let me start by saying I was totally impressed. The first thing I did (and this is important so pay attention) was order an ice cold draft beer. I can’t picture drinking an import or craft beer with BBQ, and since they didn’t have Budweiser on draft, my only remaining choice was Bud Light. It came out ice cold, in a chilled glass (not frozen, mind you). No ice formed which is key, but it was delicious!
Next, as Pledge Doodles describes, came the sausage. ‘Cue makes their sausage in house, and it was fantastic! The flavor is hard to describe, but it was a nice complex combination of spices, peppers, and smoke. The ribs came out next, and I literally shook the bone twice and the meat fell right off. I’ve said in the past that I don’t normally want them to be this well cooked, but whatever ‘Cue did was perfect. They still had plenty of texture, plenty of chew, and they were flavored perfectly. The best I’ve ever had in my quest for the Holy Rib??? If not, I’m splitting hairs because they were certainly up there. They were awesome!
The brisket I ordered for my main course, on the other hand, was a different story. I don’t think it’s fair to say that a brisket is bad. It’s either amazing (see Fox Brothers review), or it’s just brisket. This was just brisket: even with the fat still attached it was tough, flavorless, and forgettable. I also had pulled pork, which was actually very good. Nice flavor without sauce, cooked nicely, and plenty of it. ‘Cue offers 4 sauces (regular, vinegar, spicy vinegar, and spicy mustard), but I stayed mainly with the regular and vinegar. For my sides I had okra which had a very nice, light batter that didn’t hide the great okra flavor, and onion straws. After a dash of salt on both of those (and the pork), I had no problem chowing down.
Oh, and Brother Cracklin’ – they make their bread each morning and it was so, so good. Perfect for eating by itself, or soppin’ up the leftovers.
All in all as a first experience for me, I’m always glad to have another BBQ joint in the rotation near my office. And I will surely go here again. 4 meat cleavers – I just won’t order the brisket.