First Bite: Stone House Q

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Last month Dana told you about the impending opening of Stone House Q at the corner of 54th Avenue and Charlotte. The venture is a partnership between longtime restaurant veterans Buck Hussung and Scott Moskovitz. Now that it's been open a few weeks, I figured it would be a good time to drop in and check out the scene.

The owners have done a wonderful job fixing up a flood-damaged home into a very attractive dining space. The walls are covered with Hatch Show Prints that venerate everything porkalicious, and there is some sort of a garage/racing theme that manifests itself in the form of the bright red rotisserie smoker and a clever rolling toolbox stocked with napkins, plasticware and condiments. Outside, they have constructed a huge deck that will likely prove popular once the weather warms up a little bit.

Lunch combos are available in the $9 to $12 range and include one side and a drink along with a pork, chicken, smoked link sandwich or a hamburger. Plates cost a couple bucks more and include two sides. Both St. Louis and Baby Back Ribs (when available) can be ordered as plates.

Orders are placed at a counter, and my service was efficient and friendly. My one disappointment was that they did not have any baby back ribs ready when I arrived at 11:45. The staff was apologetic, but I was sorry to miss the ribs since I'd heard good things about them.

Instead I ordered the pork sandwich, which was a little dry but got a boost from the peppery Righteous Red Sauce. It also came with a surprise treat: a small foil ramekin of delicious caramelized onions on the side. In fact, the side dishes were pretty exceptional. The spicy/sweet pintos and kidney beans had a welcome smoky taste and were quite good.

I can't ever pass final judgment on a BBQ restaurant until I've had their coleslaw and potato salad, so I'm sure I'll make at least one more visit to Stone House Q to run through more of the menu. But I'll call first to check on the ribs.

If you get there before I get back, let us know what you think in the comments.

Stone House Q
333 54th Ave. N.
(615) 385-7800

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