Rodeo City Bar-B-Q
204 North Main, Ellensburg, WA 98926
Adults: 3.5/5 Kids: 5/5 $$$/$$$$$
Barbecue is one of our families favorite categories of food. We love the feeling of hominess well prepared barbecue can conjure, especially when you are on the road and far away from home. This said, not all barbecue is equal, and it has to be pretty exceptional to earn high marks. This reason alone is why, when we walked into Rodeo City Bar-B-Q in Ellensburg, WA, we did so with apprehension, not sure if our taste buds would be rewarded or if we would be leaving with our heads hanging low and our barbecue dreams dashed.
The place is your typical ‘trading-post’ looking roadside diner. With its cowboy artwork, longhorns, cowboy-camp wallpaper border, antique and knick-knack lined hostess area and rodeo motif fabric covered booths it wasn’t difficult to get the western feel the moment we stepped foot though the front door.
We were greeted by a friendly waitress and shown to a large booth in the corner. We were one of only two tables filled at the time, but they had only been open for less than a half hour and it was a Sunday. Service however was not ‘speedy’.
We ordered a couple of sodas for the girls, who were thrilled when they arrived in handled glass boots.
Our order consisted of a Chicken Spud with Cornbread, a Bacon Cheddar Cheeseburger with fries, a Pulled Pork Sandwich with fries and a Rodeo Reuben on a French Roll with Potato Salad.
The Chicken Spud was a delicious fully-loaded baked potato with lots of perfectly cooked bits of chicken, bacon, the house-made Rodeo City Bar-B-Q sauce, sour cream, shredded cheese and green onions. It did have the slightest bit too much sauce on it, but over all it was quite tasty.
The cornbread was actually quite incredible. It was warm and moist and sweet! YUM!!!!
The Bacon Cheddar Cheese Burger was, according to the one consuming it, “Amazing”. Between the juicy patty, crunchy bacon, and perfectly toasted ciabatta roll it was a well assembled burger. It came with all the fixings including: red onion, lettuce, and pickles. The addition of some of the house-made ketchup and barbecue sauce added just the right amount of flavor to complete the dish.
The fries were almost battered in a well seasoned crust that afforded them a very crispy exterior while maintaining a soft inside.
The Pulled Pork Sandwich was said to be “Spectacular” with its perfect smoky flavor and just the right amount of the house-made sauce. It too came with red onion, lettuce and pickles and served on a ciabatta roll.
And again the fries were delicious.
The Rodeo Reuben on French Roll with Potato Salad was a little puzzling. It might be a stretch to call it a ‘Reuben’, but it was definitely a good German Sausage sandwich. This dish was comprised of German sausage, kraut and Swiss cheese on a French roll. The sausage was very flavorful and juicy and overall pretty delicious.
The potato salad was good, nothing fabulous, but decent. It could have used a little salt, but for the most part it sufficed as a ‘potato salad’.
So if you are ever in Ellensburg, WA and looking for a low-key spot to find some comfort food check out Rodeo City Bar-B-Q. You’ll find a friendly staff and great food. There might even be something in their makeshift gift shop that you’ll need have to remember the place by.