Tonight, after my wife decided that nothing on the Dead Menu Items list for Punch Pizza would do it for her, even at only $3, we had to find some place to eat as I had absolutely nothing defrosted and ready to go. Since my wife felt bad that we didn’t do the pizza she asked if there was anywhere else I wanted to go and I decided on Baldy’s BBQ in Lakeville. This recently opened restaurant was denied a liquor license which was all over the news recently.
We walked in at about 6:45 tonight and found only two other tables in the cavernous space filled. While the place slowly filled up after we arrived, even with the great location (next to a Motel6 and a popular truck stop along I-35), it was a little too empty. It was our server’s first night and first table but we were waited on promptly and courteously. Even with that and the fact that she appeared to be in high school, she seemed like a seasoned pro.
Baldy’s menu is pretty large for a BBQ place and includes an entire back page of State Fair-like appetizers ranging from cheese curds to fried green beans. There are plenty of sandwiches, meal options, and a lot of sides to choose from. My wife and I both chose their Mixed Grill with three meats (brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken, ham, turkey, Or Baldy’s sausage) and two sides (a very lengthy list including potato salad, coleslaw, sauteed onions, and a cheesy corn bake) which were priced at $12.
Our orders didn’t take very long to arrive at our table but the short lull gave us plenty of time to look around at the restaurant. It is painted nicely but sparsely decorated. There are a good number of tables and the restaurant offers both a take-out counter and sit-in dining. The empty beer coolers were obvious and unfortunate as this would be a really nice place to grab a beer while you eat your BBQ. Better luck next year I guess.
Our orders were up pretty quickly with our entrees being delivered a few seconds before the fried pickles. The portion sizes were awesome with plenty of meat, decent sized sides, and probably half a jar of breaded pickles. While my wife was smart enough to separate out half of her meal leaving far more than enough for lunch tomorrow, I wasn’t and ended up eating way more than I should have :-)
The four sauces offered (pictured above) are Spicy, Original, Sweet, and Gold. Obviously I started with the spicy one (it’s not really spicy but definitely has an awesome and long lasting flavor) and then moved to original, sweet, and finally gold. My least favorite was gold which was similar to a yellow mustard and honey sauce with entirely too much yellow mustard flavor. The sweet sauce was my next least favorite and while it was sweet, it was overpoweringly so (it’s important to note that this was my wife’s favorite). The original was pretty damn decent but the spicy was by far my most favorite. I tried them both with meat and without and found that I greatly preferred each (except for the gold which I found to be nearly inedible) on the meat.
My favorite part of the meal was “Baldy’s Missouri Sausage”. Served sliced in half to expose the seasonings inside, the sausage was spicy, not greasy, and full of excellent flavor. I was so impressed I asked the owner where he gets them from and he said it’s an old family recipe and they ship it up from another family store in Missouri for him. If you aren’t a fan of BBQ, this is something I highly recommend you try instead but even if you are–get it, it’s that fucking good. The brisket was also very good and while not the best I’ve ever had, definitely good enough for a return visit to have some more. My least favorite part was the pulled pork. While my wife’s pulled pork was great, I ended up with a lot of end pieces which were tough and dry. My wife also had the chicken which I felt was way too dry and flavorless and she mentioned that it just had no flavor on its own without the sauce–I agreed.
My sides (coleslaw and the cheesy corn bake) weren’t options I’d recommend. While the cheesy corn bake was edible, I was not a fan of the coleslaw at all but I’m really picky about it. My wife had french fries (which were recommended by the waitress as the only thing she had tried so far) but they reminded me of an oversized version of BK’s “new” fries which I never liked anyway and openly wish they’d do away with. She also tried their BBQ beans and she said that they were “fine, beans, *shrug*”.
We ordered the most expensive items, including a $7 appetizer, and our bill reflected that with a $33 price tag–and we only had water to drink. While a quite expensive IMHO, we did end up with three full meals so I guess it wouldn’t have been as bad if I had saved off my half too. When I go back I know what I like and I’ll stick to either brisket or sausage and let it go at that, saving me quite a few dollars.
Overall I recommend you try out Baldy’s BBQ in Lakeville. A nice restaurant with some good BBQ and great sausage! Have you eaten at Baldy’s? If so, what did you think of it? Are you a BBQ fan? If so, what other locations around town (non-chain please) do you know that are good to try? Whatever you have to say about Baldy’s BBQ in Lakeville, please comment on as I’d love to hear what you think.
11276 210th St W
Lakeville, MN 55044
Sunday – Thursday: 11 AM to 10 PM
Friday – Saturday: 11 AM to close
See all the pictures from Baldy’s BBQ in Lakeville on Flickr here