I took a family member to Red Gum BBQ recently and what can I say - we really enjoyed it. This was our first time trying Southern American barbeque and we are glad we chose to experience it on holiday as the restaurant really is doing something right!
I’d read that Red Gum BBQ can get extremely busy so we thought we’d strategically make a lunch booking mid-week to give ourselves the best opportunity. After arriving it started pouring with rain, and as soon as I opened the car door I could smell the gorgeous smoky aroma from the fire pit. It must have been the right day to go because when we came in at 12:00pm the restaurant was almost completely empty! We couldn’t believe our luck - we knew we wouldn’t need to worry about running out of meat.
A staff member greeted us, took us to our own table and explained how to order from the menu. There was an excellent selection of choices on offer, including beef brisket, beef ribs, pork belly and ribs and chicken, all free range from various Australian farms. There was also a lunch special menu with various rolls containing meat. We ended up selecting the beef ribs, beef brisket, broccoli salad and coleslaw to start with. The beef ribs were just divine - so soft and delicious and very filling. The brisket was good also but quite pricy for the serving size ($18) - I recommend the ribs as better value. I loved the salad and coleslaw as well, but my dining partner found the broccoli salad a bit disappointing. There’s some more indulgent sides on offer as well like Mac and Cheese and chili cheese fries so it all depends on your personal taste.
We were so full but decided to take home some chicken and the cornbread with whipped honey butter (get some of this - everyone was getting it and it’s delicious). Not only that, the key lime pie available for dessert was AMAZING and an absolute must if it’s on the menu. You will not regret it!
Prices are on the higher side here as others have noted, but for the quality of the meat received we didn’t mind and thought it was worth it. I also found the staff quite obliging as well and my dining partner noted this too. We thoroughly enjoyed our time and I do recommend going during the week in order to get the best of everything. A great first introduction to southern BBQ. We will be back!
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