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Pearl’s BBQ is permanently closed.

Pearl’s BBQ

The BBQ at Pearl’s isn’t great, but if you come to this completely-outdoor spot in the Arts District just to drink beer, listen to live music, and hang out all day on shaded picnic tables, you’ll have an excellent time. The whole setup feels like Texas, which is particularly appropriate when it’s 92 degrees outside.

What It Is: A BBQ spot in the Arts District

Perfect For: Wasting Your Time And Money

When we stopped into this entirely-outdoor BBQ restaurant in the Arts District, one thing was immediately clear - the space is fantastic. It’s located in an empty lot and has a big area for picnic tables, a stage for music acts on the weekends, and an Airstream where you order your food. The place feels like you’re in Texas, and is one of the most unique settings to eat BBQ in the city. Unfortunately, though, the BBQ itself isn’t very good. After waiting nearly a half hour for our food to arrive, the brisket was served dry and cold, and the potato salad had a layer of ice on top. We prefer our BBQ to not come right from the refrigerator.

The Verdict: Disappointing BBQ in a pretty cool space.

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