Sampler Plate for 1 – with pulled pork, pulled brisket, chicken, ribs, potato salad, hot slaw, baked beans, and cornbread.
A few years ago we found ourselves stopping in Mt. Vernon doing some window shopping looking at travel trailers. We eventually came across a deal on a trailer we simply couldn’t pass up. While negotiating the deal a conversation about BBQ came up with the sales person. Several places were mentioned, some closed, some just opening up, and one that was just around the corner. It just so happens we couldn’t make it to the one around the corner that day but we said we would eventually get there. Two years later we finally have!
Reverie BBQ is an unassuming little joint tucked just out of the downtown area of Mt. Vernon. The décor is fairly simple with nice large tables to sit at, BBQ posters on the walls, painted windows, and country style curtains. But does décor really matter when it comes to BBQ? It’s all about the food!
We walked up to the counter and ordered the sampler plate for 2 and we were immediately asked if we were really hungry. It just so happens that we were not all that hungry at the time and was told then we should definitely order the sampler plate for 1 as it is quite large. Well, as you can see from the picture that was an understatement! Even the sampler plate for 1 was a tough struggle for both of us to get through!
The sampler plate came with 4 different meats, pulled pork, pulled brisket, chicken and ribs, and they didn’t skimp on the portions either. The plate also came with 4 sides as well, potato salad, hot slaw, baked beans, and cornbread. There was so much food that it had to come on 2 different plates! The first thing we noticed was how juicy all the meats were. In fact, I cannot remember ever having more juicy meat in a BBQ joint! Each table had several different sauces that could be put on the meats…most of the meats came au natural. Let me tell you the sauces were not really needed, the meat was that good.
Pulled Pork – Very juicy and tender, very nice pork flavour with a slight hint of smoke.
Pulled Brisket – Similar to the pork, in terms of being juicy and tender. Also just a slight hint of smoke, enough to tell it was there, but by no means overpowering at all.
Chicken – Not usually my favourite smoked meat, but chicken is starting to grow on me, and this chicken was good, very good. In fact, outside of the pork, it was probably my favourite, and even then it was only a close second.
Ribs – The ribs actually came on a side plate along with the cornbread, simply because the plate was so full there was no room for them. The ribs were decent. Juicy, and pulled clean from the bone without being mushy. I think my personal preference for ribs is to have a little more smoke, but others may like them the way they were.
Potato Salad – Good homemade potato salad. Big pieces of perfectly cooked potato, large chunks of boiled egg, all tossed in what seemed to be a salad dressing type sauce (think Miracle Whip). When looking at the potato salad it looked like there may be a little too much sauce for our liking, but we were surprised to find that it was actually perfectly dressed.
Hot slaw – This one we were wondering about since we originally read the menu. Was it actually served hot? We were wondering how it would not go soggy. Well, it turned out to be a typical cold coleslaw but with a little kick to it, which I believe came from horseradish. The slaw was good, but it wasn’t really “hot” per se. I am not a huge fan of horseradish, or slaw, so I could have done without it but I am sure others would love it.
Baked beans – Home made beans, very traditional Boston style, and very tasty. Nothing alarming or different, just good scratch made baked beans.
Cornbread – Barely got to taste this as we were so full eating everything else, but felt it needed to be tried, especially when I love a good cornbread. This one was a pretty big piece, typical southern style served with some butter on the side. Not too moist, but not too dry, just the right amount so that the butter could easily melt into it.
Overall we would say this was pretty good BBQ. For the value, Reverie BBQ cannot be beat. The portions are simply massive, the meat tender and juicy, and everything seemed homemade. What more could you really want?
Ohhh, how about knowing that Reverie sells food all month so that it can provide free meals to those who need them on the last five nights of the month?? How about a restaurant that has won a humanitarian award from the Washington State Restaurant Association for its efforts to feed low-income and homeless residents? And what do you think they did with their prize money? Yup, bought fresh vegetables for the growing number of hungry people!
Now that really makes me want to go back. And I’ve heard their pulled pork sandwich is killer and their BBQ Sundae is pretty good too. I can’t wait to go back to try them!
M – Sampler Plate for 1 (shared)
B – Sampler Plate for 1 (shared)
1300 South 2nd Street Mt. Vernon, WA 98273 Tel: 360.419.8227