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Grilliant Foods 4320 W. 96th Street

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This a very unique and interesting place. It is a small house in a predominately industrial area, stuck between 2 warehouse type buildings. For years it was just a grocery specializing in Eastern European foods. The place had a commercial kitchen and the owner would occasionally cook up since special meals from the old country. When he decided to retire he needed a special someone to take over. Enter Ernie. He was butcher by trade that had started a catering business that also was active in the competitive BBQ scene. He wanted a commercial kitchen so a deal was made. Ernie could sell his food from the kitchen as long as he maintained the European grocery and deli roots.

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These are two of the smokers Ernie uses. He offers ribs, pulled pork and brisket. He also makes sausage.  Both sweet and spicy Italian as well as Brats. Which he sells both smoked and raw. Their menu is small with a couple of specials tossed in. This day the specials were burnt end chili for $5.99 and beef and noodles for $4.99. For the beef and noodles he used short rib. He smoked them until they fell off the bone and them added them to broth and noodles.

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I wanted the brisket. A decent smoked brisket is still hard to find around here. So that is what I got, for $7.99.

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The meat was chopped which isn’t my favorite way of eating brisket. However I couldn’t complain because the amount I was given was more than generous. Also it had a wonderful smoky flavor. They serve the meat dry and you dress it with your choice of 4 different sauces on a cupboard to the side of the dining room. All of the sauces are pre-made. Sweet Baby Ray’s among them. That tells me that this joint puts it attention to the meat. For an extra 2 bucks I bought a side of baked beans. These were great. Thick and sweet; the way I like them. They could well have been the best I have had. We were also given a sample of their brat. It was delicious and practically melted in your mouth.

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Grilliant also competes in BBQ competition. Hanging above the fireplace are the ribbons they have won.

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So if you have a hankering for some real Q then you can get it on 96th Street. They also have huge breaded tenderloin. Speaking of which they have a challenge plate. One BT, a double order of fries and coleslaw and a full slab of ribs for $40. If you finish in 45 minutes you get your money back. A Fishers fireman tried and failed. I was told that a 119 pound woman body builder is set to try it this weekend. As Pat said it can be tricky to find. As soon as you turn off Michigan Road onto 96th Street start looking. It’s on the north side of the street. That big smoker is right out front.

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4 responses

  1. Well, that’s three nevers for me: never heard of beef and noodles (though it looks like a swell comfort food), never heard the word “Grilliant,” though now it seems obvious, and never heard of oranges in cole slaw. A catfish joint nearby puts pineapples in theirs, and it’s okay. Why the sudden need to upgrade slaw LOL? Sorry you couldn’t get your brisket sliced, but still looks yummy!

    November 17, 2016 at 12:43 pm

    • Yeah I think beef and noodles are a more mid west to south sort of dish. I have never heard of oranges in slaw either. Or pineapple for that matter. I am with you. Why? The guy makes two slaws. The creamy with orange and a vinegar based one. Either one would taste great on top of some pulled pork. I will go back for some brats at least.

      November 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

  2. Beef n Noodles were a staple growing up in East Tennessee for me. This looks like my kind of place.

    November 20, 2016 at 6:28 am

    • I had a reader from Texas comment that she had never heard of the dish. I thought Texas was more cultured than that.

      November 20, 2016 at 6:33 am

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