On the road since 2010, the R&R BBQ food truck was the second one on the streets behind the trailblazing Lloyd Taco Truck.
The brick and mortar location opened in Elma four years ago. Owner Renee Allen is on the move again. Starting Dec. 1, her new home will be at 1060 Harlem Road across from Polish Villa II in Cheektowaga.
Like its food truck, R&R BBQ’s restaurant keeps things simple with the basics. Place your order then grab silverware and napkins. The difference is you can find a comfortable place to sit and eat.
The menu includes barbecue sandwiches and wraps (both $7), both topped with coleslaw. Burgers are $8. All come with nice kettle-like chips (not bagged) and great deep-fried pickles. Instead of a spear or thick hunk, thin dill coins are tossed in seasoned flour and fried to make light delights.
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A sandwich combo ($10) swaps out the chips and pickles for a more substantial side and adds cornbread and a drink. Platters ($10) come with choice of barbecue meat, two sides and cornbread. (Budget busters are the Meat Lover’s Platter $14 with three meats and half-rack ribs for $14, whole $23).
We had a little of everything, with equally tasty results. Our non-barbecue eater went with the stuffed burger (stuffed with crumbly blue cheese and bacon, topped with Swiss cheese). Served on a super fresh roll, it was hard to discern the “stuffing” from the meat, yet it was juicy with tastes from tangy blue cheese, salty bacon and the mild, nutty Swiss. (Other burgers include classic cheeseburger, Buckaroo with barbecue sauce and mushroom Swiss.)
Now for the barbecue. We all liked all our meats, whether pulled chicken, pulled pork or pulled beef brisket (as opposed to sliced, as its sometimes served). We didn’t try the Buffalo chicken or chicken bacon ranch.
The meats were nice, tender and juicy. Thankfully absent was the cloying sweetness that barbecue can sometimes impart. Extra sauces are available for guests add their own preference — original barbecue, spicy barbecue, sweet barbecue, honey mustard, horseradish mayo and buttermilk ranch.
Wraps were two small soft tacos, made from two different meats as requested — pulled pork and pulled beef brisket — topped with a creamy coleslaw that had a nice sweet-tart vinegar kick. The pulled beef brisket barbecue sandwich — served on a nice fresh roll — came topped with the same slaw.
Sides are served in generous Styrofoam cups and come with the combos or can be ordered stand-alone ($3). Choices include macaroni and cheese, chili mac, coleslaw, barbecue pork and beans, Frito chili nachos, potato salad or mashed potatoes with gravy.
The potato salad was chunky and creamy, but not overly much with a nice delicate flavor that a little salt and pepper perked up. The mac and cheeses were solid. Using the mini shells, the regular was cheesy and creamy, but the chili mac was even better — yes, chili mixed in mac and cheese.
We liked the barbecue beans too. Envision a baked bean mixed with bits of pulled pork for something a little more special. A square of slightly sweet cornbread (50 cents) was a little dry, but speared with pulled chicken it was just fine.
The new location will add a quarter-chicken dinner, garlic green beans and a few appetizers like barbecue nachos.
5952 Seneca St., Elma (472-7130)
Moving after Dec. 1 to: 1060 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga
Hours: 4 to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Scene: Home base of the R&R BBQ food truck.