Disclosure: I was invited out to do this review and my meal was provided by the restaurant. All opinions are my own.
Restaurant Features: Banquet Room, Catering, Counter-Service, On-Site Parking, Take-Out
Location: Champlin, MN
Address: 180 Miller Rd. Champlin, MN 55316 (763) 323-6550
Hours: Mon-Thurs 11am-8pm Fri 11am-9pm Sat 12-9pm Sun 12-8pm
Links: Q Fanatic Website * Q Fanatic on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: Q Fanatic is located at the end of a strip mall that sits along a frontage road to Hwy 169. The dining area of the restaurant is “L” shaped, with booths lined up along the wall all the way into the back half of the restaurant. There are also several tables in the front that can be easily arranged to accommodate larger groups, with an additional banquet room in back. Decorated on the walls are paintings and cute little shelves, each with a collectible Pig or Cow.
Menu: Side Dishes include Coleslaw, Asian Coleslaw, Creamy Potato Salad, BBQ Baked Beans, Corn Fritters, Onion Straws, Curly Fries, Mashed New Potatoes, Parmesan Potatoes Gratinee, Spicy Potato Wedges, Side Salad, Grilled Seasonal Veggies, Mac and Cheese, Garlic Roll, Foccacia Bread.
Q Fanatic also offers a couple of salads like the Caesar, the Siena Salad (with raspberry vinaigrette, pecans and gorgonzola) or the Ranch Salad. Grilled Chicken can be added to any salad.
Sandwiches are served on either French Roll or Foccacia and include Sliced Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pulled Slow-Roasted Chicken, Grilled Veggie, Grilled Chicken Breast, Chicken Club, BLT, and Burger. Served with Chips or substitute for regular-sized Side Dish for $1 or large side for $2.
Specialty BBQ Dinners include St Louis Style Ribs (1 lb or 2 lbs either wet or dry), Slow Roasted Beef Brisket, Applewood Smoked Pulled Pork, Slow Roasted Boneless Chicken, Rib Tips or Grilled Chicken Breast. All dinners come with one regular side dish and choice or garlic roll or foccacia bread. Additional side is just $1 for regular or $2 for large.
Kids meals include Mac & Cheese, Chicken Fingers, Lil Q Sandwich, Kids Chicken, Kids Burger
Q also offers Take-Out packages to feed anywhere from 4 to 14 people.
Price guide: Kids $5 Sides $2-4 Salads $7-10 Sandwiches $6-8 Dinners $8-21
What We ordered: I was starving so everything sounded good, but my standard for eating BBQ anywhere I go is the Beef Brisket, so I ordered the 1 lb Beef Brisket Dinner. This was the most tender and moist Beef Brisket I have ever had! It had amazing flavor (smoked with Apple Wood) and practically melted in my mouth. The slices of beef were just the right thickness and so tender I didn’t even need to use a knife. Two sides of Q Fanatic’s special sauces came with it- a tangy mustard and the Espresso BBQ. Initially I wasn’t sure that the mustard sauce would be good with the beef but then I tried it- the Chef at Q Fanatic’s knew this was a winning combo! The consistency of the mustard sauce was slightly runny with just a touch of mustard and a touch of sweet and tangy flavors, complimenting the flavors of the beef perfectly. The Espresso BBQ was also excellent. My dinner came with one side and choice of bread so I went with the Curly Fries and Garlic Roll. The basket of curly fries was HUGE! The fries were fresh-cut, thin and extremely long and curly. I also got four garlic rolls with my dinner, delicious buttery golden brown on the outside and soft and warm on the inside.
My companion ordered 2 lbs of St Louis Style Ribs, which came with bread (garlic rolls), one side (basket of fries like the one pictures above), and an additional side of Corn Fritters was purchased for $1 more. The Ribs were unbelievably fall-off-the-bone-tender! One bite of the ribs and I was practically begging the Owners to open an additional restaurant in my neighborhood so I can eat them every other day. Seriously. One bite of these ribs and you will not want to eat ribs anywhere else, ever again! The corn fritters were also very good, kind of like an un-sweetened donut with kernels of corn inside.
Service: It was a busy Friday night and there were just a few tables available when we arrived. We ordered at the counter, with help from a friendly woman. Drinks are self-serve and food is brought out to the table. It was a very busy night but our food was served in 25 minutes or less- every bite worth waiting for. Staff did a great job of checking on us throughout the evening, very professional.
Overall Impression: BEST BBQ I have had, the Beef Brisket and Ribs are amazing!! Very reasonable prices for the huge portions you get. Cannot wait to bring group of friends out with me for my next visit. Worth a drive to Champlin :)