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Greens & Things Eatery 4709 Shadeland Ave.

This place used to be called Bookers BBQ. We reviewed it in January 2017 and then they were out of BBQ so there won’t be any comparisons.

Pat order the pulled pork meal which comes with 2 sides for $12. I think he was bummed that it came in the form of 2 sandwiches. He is still avoiding non beer carbs and was expecting a pile of pork on a plate with a side of green beans and greens. He had the meat scraped of the buns before I had a chance to even think of taking a picture.

Pulled pork pulled from the buns.

I decided on a half slab rib dinner with collard and coleslaw also $12. I also ordered a small side of hush puppies.

My greens

Hush puppies!

I ordered my food with sauce on the side (SOS). I got it hot which had an interesting flavor. It was simply a sweet sauce with hot sauce added. I have had it at other joints but this one had a more vinegar kick, which I enjoyed. The ribs could have spent more time on the fire. They had a bit of fat and were a bit chewy. They weren’t the best I have had nor were they the worse. There was no noticeable smoke ring so I figured they were cooked in an oven. More time in the oven would have made then more tender and rendered more of the fat. Since this joint is new I have faith that they will get it together. The coleslaw was nice and sweet which I like with BBQ. The greens did have a nice flavor but they could have used a touch of crushed red pepper and a shot of vinegar. The pups had a great corn flavor and would have been great dipped into the collard pot liquor but I didn’t get much liquid in my greens.

Their menu is pretty basic and seems to cover most of the country food groups.

Overall I enjoyed my lunch. I was full and I had some food to take home. I will enjoy a return trip. They have a bunch of sides and they also have meatloaf on Sundays. It isn’t close but it is an easy drive.




11 responses

  1. That’s a pretty vague name. Names are important. We had a Poke Fit open up here a couple months ago and nobody even knew it was food. It sounded like a gym. Now they’re closing. I’m still surprised to see perch on a menu. I’ve never seen it in Texas. I know I told you that before, but it’s still odd. The hush puppies look delish. Sorry your ribs weren’t more tender.

    May 31, 2018 at 6:35 pm

    • I agree about names. Poke Fit is a bit too obtuse for a joint that sells food. Perch is very popular around here for country cooking joints. I think their ribs will get where they should. I talked with the owner’s sister, who moved up from Tennessee to help. She seems willing to do what ever it takes to succeed. Fixing ribs is science as well as art. Guidelines only no set formula. Oh another fish popular in some joints is Buffalo. Got that in Texas?

      June 1, 2018 at 7:38 am

      • Never heard of a buffalo fish!

        June 1, 2018 at 10:47 am

      • It is a sucker fish that inhabits the Mississippi River and its tributaries. It is a popular fish in some country communities. It is a big fish that I am not real fond of. Very strong flavor.

        June 1, 2018 at 8:08 pm

  2. I love their greens. And I love their sauce. My pork has always been tender, too. I haven’t had their slaw yet, and since you’re sayin it’s on the sweet side, now I probably won’t, but that’s okay cause that’s one less decision to suffer!

    May 31, 2018 at 7:17 pm

    • So you have been to Greens and Things?

      June 1, 2018 at 7:43 am

      • Oh yes. Yes yes.

        June 1, 2018 at 9:03 pm

  3. Rénaud

    The meatloaf was VERY pink in the middle AND surrounding areas. The done part tasted good but I was THROUGH when I saw reddish meat. 🤢 🤮. Sunday just before closing. I’m going back cause the food IS good. THEY’RE nice. I believe they’ll be understanding. 😍

    February 12, 2019 at 1:22 pm

    • I usually give places a second chance when my first visit isn’t stellar.

      February 12, 2019 at 2:30 pm

  4. Jeremy

    My food and service was a 20.00 waste very disappointed

    July 7, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    • Sorry to hear that. I had hoped they would be getting better.

      July 7, 2020 at 2:51 pm

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