Woody’s Bar-B-Q Needs to Get Its Story Straight

Visited On: March 16, 2012
Gluten Free Menu: No
Server Knowledge: 1/2
Server Attitude:
Variety of Gluten-Free Options:
Overall Gluten-Friendly Rating:
Price Range: $15-$25 per person, plus drinks, tax, and tip

Despite the fact that Mike is a big barbeque fan, we have not yet dined at any of the three barbeque places that have cropped up in the city in recent years. We decided it was about time to give it a try.

We decided to start with the newest restaurant, Woody’s Bar-B-Q in Dartmouth Crossing. Mike had asked them about gluten-free options on Facebook before we went, and they directed us to their U.S. menu. It’s a little confusing; this gluten-free list appears at the end of the menu:

  • Baby Back Ribs
  • Spare Ribs
  • Sliced Pork
  • Smoked BBQ Chicken
  • Mesquite Grilled Chicken Breast
  • Un-Breaded Chicken Wings
  • Hamburgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Cole Slaw
  • Bar-B-Q Beans
  • Corn on the Cob
  • Green Beans
  • Salads
  • French Fries

You then have to go through the menu and see what items have those components. (I also suspect that their French fries and unbreaded wings would be cross-contaminated.) However, it was a good start, so we stopped in on Friday night. The place was quite busy and we waited for about half an hour. Although plainly decorated, it definitely felt like a down-home Southern restaurant.

When our server came to take our order, I asked what items were gluten-free. He made a noise and a face, and said that there wasn’t much – most of their sauces have gluten. To help him out, I asked about an item directly off the U.S. menu list: the loaded mesquite grilled chicken breast. He said he would check but he was pretty sure it had gluten.

He was right – the only sauce that does not contain gluten is their regular BBQ sauce. He suggested that I get the loaded mesquite grilled chicken breast ($18.99) with regular BBQ sauce instead of mesquite. I chose corn on the cob and a loaded baked potato as my side. Mike got the half rack ribs with pulled pork, plus fries and beans on the side ($19.99). (Both of the meats would have been fine for me as well. The pulled pork is served dry so that you can add any of the four table-side sauces to it. Remember, only one of those is gluten-free.) I would have really liked an appetizer but the only gluten-free option was a side salad, which didn’t interest me at all.

Thankfully, our meals arrived pretty quickly and just as ordered. Mine did not have cornbread which was a good sign. (Mike did get some and said it was incredible.) The portions were huge: since the chicken breasts were on the small side, I had three included in my meal, as well as the baked potato and corn. The chicken was burnt in places and they went pretty skimpy on the sauce, but other than that it was pretty good. Mike really enjoyed the ribs, but the pulled pork and the beans didn’t match up to his expectations.

We were way too full to consider dessert, which was a good thing since the only thing that could be gluten-free was the banana pudding. We left Woody’s feeling full and satisfied, but I don’t think we’d be in a rush to return. It would help if they had a gluten-free menu that you could trust.

Woody’s Bar-B-Q
159 Hector Gate (Dartmouth Crossing)
Web Site: http://woodysbarbq.ca


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  1. #1 by Dawn on March 21, 2012 - 3:48 pm

    I’m not encouraged by the “noise and face” your server made. Definitely not a place I’ll be trying any time soon!!

  2. #2 by A H Gladwin on March 27, 2012 - 2:37 pm

    There are no prices shown on the online menu.

    Well I live a distance from the restaurant and I don’t intend to drive there to see the prices on the menu.

    It looks like a good chain.

    • #3 by glutenfree4hfx on March 27, 2012 - 8:00 pm

      Unfortunately, most chains don’t put prices on online menus as the prices depend on the geographical location. I can tell you that most entrees are around $20.

  3. #4 by Marsha on April 15, 2012 - 7:50 pm

    Don’t bother with Woody’s BBQ, the food is not great and the prices are way too high.

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