The menu looked promising, the line did not. It was short. We were hoping we were just lucky, ahead of the crowds. As queues of people formed in front of trucks around Marty’s Meats, we stepped up to the window for some protein.
Our decision came easy. We ordered three of their five interesting items, unsure of how big each would be but well aware of mildly steep prices. Here’s what we tried:
- Carolina ($8) – Pulled Pork, carrot-apple slaw & Marty’s Meats BBQ sauce
- Uncle Joon ($9) – Bulgogi style shaved ribeye, american cheese, pickled onions & kimchi mayo
- Country ($9) – Buttermilk fried chicken, lettuce, tomato, pickles & ranch
The Carolina was a decent southern BBQ sandwich with loads of tasty, sauce covered meat. I would have enjoyed a more equal meat to slaw ratio – as in it needed more. Speaking of balance, the tasty roll took charge, overshadowing the flavors and heartiness of the sandwich contents. Unfortunately, this was a reoccurring theme. This sandwich wasn’t bad, but not our favorite.
The description of the second sandwich, Uncle Joon, had us preparing to be wowed. Once again, expectations exceeded the execution. Paired with the roll, the ribeye proved tough to eat, brought down by the cheese. The pickled onions drowned in a sea of bright, tasty kimchi mayo. The messy elements oozed from the splitting roll.
We found a pleasant surprise in the last effort. At first glance, the Country seems like a pretty simple sandwich. In fact, each bite brings you closer and closer to a buttermilk nirvana. The enormous hunk of chicken was beautifully fried, made only better by the accompaniment of roll and dressings. Eventually, I put my finger on the little something that took this sandwich from good to great. The small, homemade pickles packed a huge, distinct punch, pairing perfectly with the house ranch & crispy chicken. This unanticipated sandwich was an absolute delight. I’d go running back for it if I had my way.
As for the two we didn’t try, I’d like to find out on which side of the bar they fall. If you’ve tasted them or any of the specials from Marty’s Meats, let us know how it went in the comments below!
- Big Rig Burger ($9) – 2 Beef patties, bacon, tomato, cheese & special sauce
- Rosato ($7) – Grilled Eggplant, pickled onion, basil, lettuce & tomato
I’d say the portions are well worth the prices. Two of us struggled to eat three of them. And as you know, we can eat.
Marty’s Meats is home in Rochester, started in 2012.
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