Food Porn: Suzy Q’s BBQ Shack

When you start a website about eating in Buffalo you start finding out about these “hidden” spots that local’s have been loving for years.  Suzy Q’s BBQ Shack is one of these hidden gems.  Growing up and working in the south-towns, I never heard of the place, but over the last two years more and more readers have recommended it.  I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about it on twitter and their ranking on urbanspoon is quite impressive.  So, Alli and I finally decided to make the trip (we found out it was only a short 5-10 minute trip from our house) and try out Suzy Q’s to see if it lived up to the hype.  Here’s how our dinner went..

  • Restaurant Type: Casual/Take Out (Cash Only)
  • Cuisine: BBQ
  • Prices: Mostly under $10, some Combo’s/Ribs $15-20
We walked into the restaurant and were greeted by Suzy (or Sue) herself and sat down right away.  The interior of the restaurant is very casual; modest table and chairs and old benches were the seating options.  Each table has some paper menus and their three homemade sauces; their South Carolina Style Sauce and Kansas City style sauces (hot and regular).  As we sat down and looked over the menu, customers would walk in and Suzy knew all of them by name.  She’d ask how their families were and what was new, etc.  This was a great sign for Alli and I; a place that has so many ‘regulars’ usually has great food that they all keep coming back for.  After looking over some tips on their foursquare page, I ordered the Smoked Polish Sausage (thank you Alan B!) and the Smoked Ball Tip Roast (pictured below).  For only $10.50 you get to order two of their meats and 2 of their sides (fantastic deal).  Along with the meats I ordered their Fried Corn (how couldn’t I with that name) and their Fire and Ice Pickles.  The food is served on paper plates with plastic utensils.  There’s no frills or fancy extra’s at Suzy Q’s and there doesn’t need to be, the food stands alone as the star of the show.
To start, the sides were great; the Fried Corn was very sweet but had this awesome spice behind each bite.  As I kept eating spoonful after spoonful the heat continued to build but it never became unbearable.  That said, the true star of this meal was the meat.  The Smoked Polish Sausage honestly gave me a “wow” moment.  The sausage had been smoked so long that the casing had caramelized and had this sweet candy like crunch when I bit into it.  The sausage meat remained juicy and had a wonderfully strong and delicious pork flavor.  I had really high expectations before I took a bite and in definitely lived up to those expectations.  I definitely will pass on the recommendation for any new customers.  The Smoked Ball Tip Roast, while it wasn’t my favorite part of the meal, was still delicious in its own right and melted in my mouth.  You don’t need a knife when you are cutting it apart as it just falls apart when pulled with a fork.  I tried out the vinegar-heavy South Carolina BBQ Sauce on the Roast and enjoyed it, the sour watery sauce gave the beef an interesting yet delicious flavor.
Alli ordered herself the Pulled Pork Sandwich (pictured above) which also was incredibly tender and delicious.  She ate every bite but also kept stealing pieces of my sausage.  While she loved the mashed potatoes and gravy, she was not a huge fan of the mac & cheese and mentioned the extra cheez whiz type sauce poured on top took away from the flavor.  But, don’t worry, there’s plenty of other sides to choose from.
Before this visit, I felt that the best BBQ I’ve ever had in Buffalo was at Depew’s Kentucky Gregs (which I still do enjoy).  But with all due respect, they really don’t touch the deliciousness of Suzy Q’s.  All of the food is homemade and the service is top-notch.  Suzy really makes you feel at home and I was so happy that I found her BBQ place and am excited to spread the word to those out there who don’t know about it.  There is a reason why people know Suzy by name, they are regulars and they come by often and she takes the time to know them and serve them incredible BBQ.  On top of being fantastic, the food is pretty damn cheap; including drinks, our dinner was under $25 for two people.  Make sure you stop at the ATM before you go for dinner or lunch because they only take cash and be prepared to find out some of the food has run out.  When we arrived Suzy told us that we were in luck because they still had everything, so be aware they only make a certain amount of each meat and once it’s gone… it’s gone for the day.
Suzy Q's Barbeque Shack on Urbanspoon

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