Adam's Ribs, and I was happy to oblige, especially since they advertise themselves as the best barbecue in Gainesville. Actually, it had been on my list for a while, since I'd often driven past the smiling gator sign just north of the university and wondered what was inside the nondescript building with smoke trickling from the back. As I pulled in and parked, a peek around back revealed their smokers where the cooking is done:
The inside eating area is rather small and dated, with a counter running the length of the restaurant and several tables along the other side. There are also a few picnic tables outside, but I took my order to go. Ordering is done at the counter whether you are eating there or not.
I was still recovering from too much home cooked barbecue with friends the night before, so I wasn't in any shape to try everything. Having to narrow it down to one selection, I of course went for the ribs. The four rib dinner comes with garlic bread and two sides for $9.99. My sides were potato salad and macaroni and cheese.
The sides were ok but not my favorite in either case. Looking over the menu and others' comments later, I should have tried the corn nuggets and collard greens. Oh well, a good reason to go back.
And I will return, because these ribs are awesome. They were exactly what I would expect in great ribs, a sweet and slightly spicy rub complementing just enough smoke to create perfect flavor in the tender meat. Though there was plenty of it on the four bones to feed a hungry man, I still managed to clean them off quite well- they were that good. They offered a choice of several sauces on the side, and I tried the sweet one which was good, but not needed as the ribs had plenty flavor on their own.
Without a question, these are the best ribs I've had in Gainesville. The rest of the menu looks promising, and I can't wait to go back and try more of it.
OVERALL RATING: 3.5 OF 5