1501 W. Center St.
At Ashley's Barbeque, takeout is the only option. But with specialties not found at bigger chain restaurants and a family ownership history that extends back to the 1960s, it's an option worth taking. Ribs and barbecued goat are among the favorites. The sauce is so good it should be sold in bottles. (J.L.R.) $-$$. Cash Only. NA. Handicap access. 372-7666
5077 S. 27th St., (414) 727-1940
2137 E. Moreland Blvd., Waukesha, (262) 522-3210
Founded in Hayward, Wisconsin, it's not surprising that the décor is where knotty pine and Leinenkugels meet. The specialty is BBQ and Famous Dave's is now found in many states. The food is served with sauce already applied; the BBQ chicken is especially good. This is true Northwoods fun. Have another rib. (J.B.) $$. CC. FB.
13275 Watertown Plank Road
The setting is country charm in the heart of Elm Grove. The wood smoker produces some fine BBQ. Everything from the beef brisket to the St. Louis ribs has a great wood-smoked flavor. The menu also features entrée salads, sandwiches and Tex-Mex entrees such as seafood tacos and chicken-fried steak. Modest prices and a comfortable setting make this a very popular spot. (J.B.) $$. OD. FF. Handicap access. (262) 821-1511.
1130 W. Walnut St.
Speed Queen is a longtime Milwaukee institution. Various beef, pork and turkey cuts come in sandwiches and full dinners, all with sides of coleslaw to cool off the tanginess (even the mild sauce packs a little wallop). For light eaters, portions are often hearty enough to suffice for two meals. Fried fish, baked beans and a few pie varieties are among the other options. (J.L.R.) $-$$. Cash Only. NA. 265-2900