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THIS RESTAURANT IS CLOSED Railhead Smokehouse BBQ Restaurant Review

: The lunch crowd files in starting at 11 a.m. for a chance to order what loyalists swear is the best smoky-sauced meat in town. The Railhead, an upper-end barbecue restaurant (not to be confused with a joint where the lighting and cleanliness are often suspect), has a ranch house façade with wide-slung porches and rural barn wood décor. The railroad theme is carried out with crossing gates that flank the driveway, along with signal lights and signage. The serving line has patrons chatting with each other and swapping stories about family and business. Plate or sandwich, chopped or sliced, name your sides---the regulars know the drill. Beef, sausage and ribs are favorites, while ham, turkey, salami and bologna are options that some choose occasionally. The meat is tantalizingly tender, filled with hot wood flavor and mild spices. Sandwiches are stacked high on a basic white bun swiped with mustard and topped with a pickle and onions. Extra sauce can be added for an extra drippy experience. Plated entrées come with your choice of two sides---beans, potato salad or the outstanding coleslaw (just the right blend of vinegar, seasonings and cabbage). It’s also impossible to resist the plumb hot fries that can be ordered in a combo with onion rings. The daily lunch specials are always a hit, and repeat diners know instantly whether it’s pork or rib sandwich day. A big glass of iced tea or a cold mug of beer washes it all down. So, while the debate rages about where to find the best BBQ in town, The Railhead packs them in every day and also dispenses take-out by the pound and quart.


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