Do not go for the first BBQ restaurant you come across since some BBQ restaurants are better than others. It is important that you pick the best one if you are to enjoy your food and if you are to avoid such problems as food poisoning. Consider the ambiance of the restaurant vis-a-vis the purpose for your visit. As an example, if you are out to "bond" with a girl you have been eying, the best BBQ restaurant is one that has soft music with the volume turned down. Consider the quality of the lighting. Consider the decor of the room. Common decor items in BBQ restaurants include trophies, BBQ swag such as t-shirts and trucker caps, and celebrities like NASCAR drivers and B-level country stars.
If you are out on a date, you will need privacy and time, but this does not excuse the restaurant staff to neglect you. When out on a date, avoid a restaurant where you are on a first-name basis with almost everybody because your date will feel out of place.
The primary purpose of visiting a BBQ restaurant is to eat good food and this should be your primary concern. The beef should be of the highest quality and should be traceable. If some of the people who are in your party do not have meat, ensure that you go to a restaurant that has other options such as vegetarian diet.
To get the best BBQ restaurant, consider using iPhone Apps. There are several such apps today, among the most popular being Restaurant Finder which is free of charge, Find a Restaurant which goes for $0.99, Urban spoon which is free of charge, Yelp which is free of charge, and Where to eat which goes for 2.99. Some of these apps work by you entering the cuisine you want and then typing in the location or city/zip code and some by giving you a GPS location and map. You even get telephone numbers, URLs, and other relevant information. Other Smartphone also have similar applications.
Go for a restaurant that has different barbecue for you to choose from. This ensures you get exactly what you want. Most people ignore the quality of the side dishes, but note that eating too much meat without a side dish is monotonous and you will not enjoy the meal. Side dishes such as roast potatoes and salads are also healthy.
An often-ignored, but important consideration if you want to pick the best BBQ restaurant is the customers. You will enjoy your BBQ more if you relate well or identify with the customers. As an example, you will not enjoy your meal if you are in a dark-lit room that is filled with bikers and you are with your wife and kids and all you want is a quiet lunch.
Consider the views of the people you are taking out for lunch or dinner. They will enjoy themselves more if they were the ones who made the decision. Consider how much the food is going for, but be weary of restaurants with overly low rates because they could be using bad meat. Also important is the size of the portions served. Ensure that the eating and the cooking area are clean enough. The best BBQ restaurant is one that proudly displays health inspection reports. The restaurant should be licensed to operate by the relevant regulatory bodies.
To get the best BBQ restaurant, consider what past and present customers are saying about it. You could get this information by getting recommendations from people you know, by reading independent reviews, and by joining discussion forums and reading the posts therein.