I finally tried Wildwood, but the path there was long and arduous. Basically, W and I got so caught up Friday night griping about work and the presidential elections that we got completely bungled in the head. Or more accurately, I got so caught up griping, and W was so good at listening that neither of us were paying any attention.
I had heard that Wildwood wasn't worth my time of a day from a barbeque aficionado (i.e. friend that comes from a place that actually serves real barbeque). Nevertheless, I have really been wanting to go to Wildwood. It is my Apotheke. Which really shows you how wide the gap is between K and I.
And it's really a shame that so much cumulative effort went into getting to Wildwood. We got lost at least twice on the subway and at least twice more walking around. At one point, Wilson asked if we were headed west (wrong direction) and I assured him that we had just passed 5th Avenue and everything was fine. Two avenue block later and we are coming up on 8th Avenue. All this in the rain with one umbrella.
My friend was right, Wilwood is not worth my time of day, except it was worth it to go so that I could taste it with my own lips and speak with authority. We ordered the Memphis Style Baby- Back Ribs, brisket, and a beef short rib. The ribs were non offensive, decently tasty with the sauce, but not as meaty, tender or fatty as the ribs at Hill Country. The brisket was tender. The texture was pretty darn good, but the flavor was lacking in comparison. This sounds like a truly low blow but it almost tasted boiled or steamed or just generally not really highly seasoned or super smoky. It really relied on the sauce, which to me is a dangerous sign. The short rib suffered a similar problem. The texture was pretty good, but the flavor was lacking oomph. In fact, I'd argue the short rib could have been slow cooked longer to really make it more melt in your mouth.
The coleslaw is really light, which is good because it was the only side we got and had to cut the fatty taste of the three other meals. My advice is to go hear on a pinch, but Hill Country and Fette Sau are better.