Bones & Butts
I wish I was going to these beach towns and not working. A co-worker and I got sent up to Ludington for an assignment. Even from Grand Rapids, that’s a pretty good drive. The whole drive there, I was really hoping we were going to have time to sit down and eat. I really wanted to try the Jamesport Brewing Company, but alas, we didn’t have time. Probably a good thing because not being able to drink at a brew pub might have killed me.
Instead, we parked along M-10 which is the main drag through town. When I got out of the car, I saw a shop owner standing in the doorway and started chatting him up. I mentioned we were looking for a place to eat and didn’t have a lot of time. Without hesitation, he pointed us around the corner to a BBQ joint.
Bones & Butts is on James Street to the north of Ludington Street. It’s a very small, carry out out restaurant that’s on a closed portion of James Street. The building is brightly painted yellow and red which makes it hard to miss. Missing it really isn’t a problem though as long as you have any sort of sense of smell.
We only had about twenty minutes so the carry-out only portion of the restaurant wasn’t a big deal to us. There are actually a few tables outside in the public area that can be used if you want to “dine-in” They will even bring your food out to you in plastic trays. As long as it’s a nice day, it’s a good option and what we eventually did.
I scanned the menu which includes baby back ribs, BBQ chicken, smoked brats, and pulled pork. No question for me. I went with the pulled pork and the Kentucky Spice BBQ sauce. The sandwich is served on a bun that comes from nearby McDonalds Bakery. The meat is tender, slow cooked pork butt that is smoked over hickory….my favorite. The sauce was a thin, vinegar/tomato sauce that has a pretty good kick to it. The sauce is ladled on top of the meat after it’s put on the bun, so the meat isn’t swimming in sauce so you don’t lose that hickory flavor.
My co-worker is more of a rib tip person and she was a little disappointed to not see them on the menu. She was going to go with a smoked brat, but after I ordered the pulled pork, she decided that sounded good and got one for herself. She also got the Kentucky Spicy sauce and seemed to really like it. The sandwiches came without any sides and she wanted to try something else, so she got a 1/2 pint of the baked beans. I didn’t really pay attention to how they were made and she didn’t say anything about them, but she finished off the little Styrofoam cup.
Our bill was right around $15 with the addition of a can of Coke and a bottle of water. After we were finished, I threw away the garbage and took the plastic trays back inside. The owner asked me what I thought I told him it was fantastic….and it really was. As we were heading back to the car, the shop owner who gave me the recommendation asked me what I thought. I told him we really liked it and thanked him for the rec. He told me he eats there three days a week and I can see why.