I found this place by accident. I purchased a Groupon for $40 of prime meat for $20 at Hobe Meats in Phoenix. When I went in to redeem my voucher, I was the only patron ordering meat. Everyone else was waiting for their Saturday "B.B.Q." Special. I had already had lunch that day, but I put Hobe Meats on my list of places to try.
I made it today and ordered a Tri-Tip sandwich. While I was waiting, it became evident that those just might be Vienna Beef Wieners in the hotdog deal. I don't know if it is available Chicago Style at that price, but all the required ingredients are here. All "B.B.Q." specials include a side and a beverage for $5.
My tri-tip arrived in a stryo box after a bit of a wait. The meat was tender and succulent, although it didn't have the smoky barbecue taste I was expecting. The meat was still very tasty, with a pronounce peppery flavor, and the serving was huge, I'm guessing about 1/2 pound of meat. The cheese didn't add much to the flavor of the sandwich. The beans had a barbecue sauce flavor and were good enough to eat, but nothing special.
Since seating was at a premium (2 tables, 8 seats), I requested photography rights before allowing anyone to join me. These ribs belonged to a teenage boy who is a regular at Hobe with his mother. I have no clue to cooking technique and flavor for the ribs, but did not smell any hickory at the market. Mom ordered the ribs, too, so that's another vote in their favor. I think I'll try the ribs on my next visit, unless a CSD is available.
I was told that a cupcake bakery was just to the south, and a Chinese bakery and an Italian deli were just to the north in this strip mall. Definitely a Roadfood rich area. Hobe Meats
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