Cuisine: Barbeque, Southern-Style
Restaurant Features: Catering, Counter Service, Take-Out ONLY
Location: Minneapolis, MN
Address: 2814 E 38th Street Minneapolis, MN 55406
Hours: Tues– Fri 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Sat– Sun 1 p.m. – 10 p.m. Monday- CLOSED
Links: Ted Cook’s Website * Ted Cook’s on Facebook * Google Map
Atmosphere: Ted Cook’s is a small operation located two blocks west of Hiawatha on E. 38th St, a quick walk from the Lightrail. The small size does not afford room for dining, therefore all orders are take-out only. Half of the space serves as the ordering/waiting area and the other half is the kitchen/pit area. I could smell the strong pit smoke the second I walked in the place and there is no doubt I smelled like it when I left. The room is equipped with the bare minimum; the service counter and a bench.
Menu: The heart and soul of Ted Cook’s is the Barbeque. Choose from Half or Full Slab of Pork Ribs, Rib Tips, Barbequed Beef, Barbequed Pork, Barbequed Half Chicken, and Beef Ribs. All meats can be ordered ala carte or in a dinner combos with Jo Jo Potatoes, Coleslaw and Bread.
Side Dishes include Coleslaw, Baked Beans, Potato Salad, Jo Jo Potatoes, Collared Greens, Black Eyed Peas, Red Beans and Rice.
Desserts include Peach Cobbler and Sweet Potato Pie.
Price guide: Dinners $10-13 ($20 full rack), Side Dishes $2-4
What we ordered: We ordered a feast full of almost everything Ted Cook’s has to offer, starting with a couple of slabs of Pork Ribs in medium sauce. These were meaty and tender, with a wonderful smoky flavor embedded into the meat. I am a big critic when it comes to barbeque sauces and tend to prefer mustard-based sauces over tomato-based, but I really liked this medium sauce from Ted Cook’s. It was slightly spicy, tangy.
The Barbeque Beef is where it’s at at Ted Cook’s. This beef was not like your typical beef brisket, instead it was very thinly sliced and extremely tender and moist from being tossed in the sauce. The serving size was also extra big. I loaded it up on the bread that came with it and had a big ol’ sandwich. Excellent!
We also got the Rib Tips, which were tender and meaty.
We also had a couple of the Pulled Pork Dinners. The pork was smoky, tender and very moist. Another huge portion.
One of the sides we ordered was the Baked Beans. I thought these were really good, they were like classic baked beans with a hint of brown sugar, chunks of pork and the pleasantly surprising taste of garlic.
The Potato Salad was also good, standard deli-style with chunks of potato tossed in mayo, mustard, onion, celery.
We also had the Coleslaw which was very creamy.
I became a fan of Peach Cobbler while working in Texas the past two summers and had to try the version at Ted Cook’s. This was pretty good, the peaches were swimming in a tart yet sweet syrup and had strips of pie crust floating on top. It was served cold but I think it would be better served warm with vanilla ice cream on the side.
We also ordered a piece of Sweet Potato Pie. I did not try this and I didn’t see anyone else try it either so I am unable to report on the verdict. Hopefully next time!
Service: I live at least 40 minutes away from Ted Cook’s and I had a giant order so I wanted to call it in ahead of time. No such luck at dinner time on a Saturday, when it gets busy at Ted Cook’s, they don’t bother to answer the phone. We arrived to find a line about 8-10 people long, which went fairly fast. Once we were able to order, our food was ready in about 10 minutes. The man working the register was very nice and helpful too.
Overall Impression: I had been hearing about Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbeque for quite some time so I jumped on the chance to try it after buying a Deal from LivingSocial. Very good barbeque at very reasonable prices for the large portion sizes. I really wish they had a dining room to eat in, it was a very long drive just for take-out (but worth it!)