For the past few months, my husband and I have been driving past Goldie’s BBQ on an almost weekly basis. It is very close to my daughter’s dance school. As we’d drive by, we’d say something like “we really ought to try that place sometime…” Finally, we decided it was time!
photo from Goldies BBQ website
Location: 15640 NE 4th Plain Road in Vancouver, WA
Order: we (my husband and I) ordered a couple of combination plates to share so that we could get a little bit of a bunch of what Goldie’s has to offer. We ordered 1 Two Meat Combo Plate ($14.99) and 1 Three Meat Combo Plate ($16.99) to share between the two of us.
What I think:
The atmosphere at Goldie’s BBQ is pretty unremarkable: not a lot of flash or flair, but, really, it doesn’t need it. Here, the food does all the talking. It doesn’t need a lot of fancy decor to spice things up – the spice is in the food!
You have the choice of two different sauces: spicy or mild. Actually, there is a third sauce – “mixed” – which I presume is a mixture of the first two. I chose the mild sauce but asked for a side of the spicy sauce just to get a taste of what I might be missing. I am glad that I chose the mild sauce! The spicy sauce is just that. SPICY! The mild sauce is sweet with a little tangy kick but I would have liked just a little more spice. I think next time I visit, I’ll have to try the mixed sauce … I’m thinking it will be the best of both worlds.
Also along with our combination plates, were were given the choice of four sides, and I chose one each of french fries, onion rings, sweet potato fries and baked beans. The first three were pretty average. They tasted like others I’ve had before. They weren’t bad at all – they were very tasty – but, they weren’t going to bring me back for more. The baked beans, on the other hand, well, they are quite good. Sweet, brown-sugar-y goodness. They taste to me like they had been simmering over low heat for a long time.
The meats I chose on our combination platters were baby back ribs, beef brisket (although, there was an error with our order and we received beef ribs instead), pulled pork, mild sausage and chicken drummettes. Each combination plate also came with a slice of white bread. The meats were placed upon the bread and then topped with sauce. This bread sops up the sauce and drippings and becomes quite a treat itself!
My favorite is a toss-up between the pulled pork and the baby back ribs. The pulled pork was melt-in-my-mouth tender. The baby back ribs were also tender and they had the benefit of the sauce being caramelized on the meat, so I guess the ribs are the winner! Overall, the only real disappointment (other than not getting a chance to try the brisket) was the chicken drummettes. These were overcooked. But, because the rest was so good, it’s hard to be too disappointed by the drummettes.
While I really enjoyed our meal from Goldie’s BBQ, the next time I visit, I will be armed with a little more knowledge: Don’t order fries or onion rings, instead, get the beans and maybe the potato salad or coleslaw. I also won’t be ordering the drummettes. Instead, I’ll stick to the deliciously tender ribs and pulled pork … and maybe next time I’ll try the brisket!
My Final Thoughts:
If you’re looking for good barbecue in the Portland area, you should definitely give Goldie’s BBQ a try. I’m hooked!