December 2, 2010

Bone Appitit

By Eric Shangraw

December 2, 2010 Updated Dec 2, 2010 at 10:31 PM CDT

A barbecue joint in Washington is offering fall off the bone ribs.

Eric Shangraw is having lunch at Bone Appitit in this week's You Gotta Eat.

Bone Appitit may sound french, but it translates into barbecue.

Just east of the square in Washington, the aroma alone is enough to heighten your sense of anticipation; something special is about to grace your girth.

"When you come by here you can smell them barbecuing," said customer Brian Lee. "It is alive. Makes you pull over and you have to have it," he said.

"Ribs are excellent. They are the best around," said customer Kay Heavrin.

A homemade steel box holding the goods in the kitchen is where the magic happens.

It's a smoker.

The fuel is seasoned hickory.

Terry Elmore, Junior and Senior are the father-son duo at the meat of the bone.

They grew tired of friends frequently asking them to prepare their original recipes for meat and sauce, so they went into business.

"It is just family recipes. And just doing it in the background," said Senior.

"Flavor is part of it. But we try so hard to really make it our own," added Junior.

Photographer Larry Foulk and I ordered the 6 bones and 2 sides selection.

The baked beans are finely seasoned and have a chunk of meat in each serving.

My coleslaw was sweet and creamy.

Larry's potato salad was as smooth as Aunt Ruth's recipe.

All the sides are homemade.

Now the ribs. Tender. Tasty. Messy-terrific. Lip smacking sassy. You get the point.

Thank goodness for the extra roll of absorbent paper towels on each table.

Our bill with drinks; $24.84 plus tip.

Bone Appitit is a tiny spot with big flavor.

Bone Appitit is on Walnut Street in Washington.

They're open seven days a week. They offer catering and carry out.

Bone Appitit
106 Walnut St.
Washington, IL

309-481-5211

Monday-Thursday 11-8
Friday-Saturday 11-9
Sunday 11-2

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