Restaurant Review: BBQ West makes good on its boast

By By Johnathan Manning / American Press

BBQ West’s slogan makes no bones about the restaurant’s product.

“Barbecue at its best,” it reads.

My dad, nephews Nate and Seth, and I recently decided to hit the restaurant and put the slogan to the test.

In truth, we’ve made a fast habit of putting the slogan to the test since the restaurant opened in October.

On this recent night, Nate and I each had a two-meat plate of brisket and sausage, Seth had the three-rib plate and Dad had the two-meat plate of ribs and brisket.

We mostly made short work of our meals, while Seth had a few leftovers.

In case you had any doubts left about whether we enjoyed our meal, to a man, we thought it was delicious.

The restaurant offers a variety of barbecued meats: brisket, ribs, chicken, ham, sausage, etc.

Not that you’re likely to go wrong with any of those, but I recommend the ribs and the chicken.

BBQ West also offers a wide variety of sides: potato salad, barbecue beans, dirty rice, coleslaw, peach cobbler, green beans

and macaroni-and-cheese.

The restaurant is located in the previous home of Backyard Burger and the short-lived Taco Taquito.

I knew of many people who greatly enjoyed Backyard Burger, and it eventually closed, which brings the question: Can BBQ West

survive at its current location?

My dad, Nate, Seth and I will tell you, yes.

Only time will tell.

Thus far, there has been a crowd each time we’ve visited the restaurant.

Although BBQ West moves at a fast-food pace, it has the advantage of not having a fast-food taste.

The meat is already cooked, but fresh and waiting when you walk through the door. Customers place their order with a meat

cutter, who slices the meat immediately prior to placing it on the plate.

Customers are then responsible for serving their own sides.

Most weeks, BBQ West has a weekly special; currently it’s a three-rib plate for $6.99. Other weeks, it has been a two-meat

plate.

The restaurant also serves po-boys and a daily special of a $3.99 sandwich or a $6.95 sandwich plate with two sides.

On Sundays, there’s an all-you-can-eat buffet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which costs $10.99 or $12.99 if you include ribs.

The menu is reasonably priced, with a two-piece chicken dinner costing $5.99 and a three-meat dinner costing $9.89.

Meat can also be purchased by the pound, and side orders by the pan.

The restaurant also offers catering.

According to the restaurant’s website, Robert and Diana Lewis first opened BBQ West in the Monroe area.

“Many days, you will still find Robert at BBQ West to greet his customers,” the website reads.

The business grew to three locations, but the Lewises eventually sold all three and “moved to Lake Charles to be closer to

their grandchildren,” according to the website.

That’s good news for Southwest Louisiana.

• Online: www.bbqwest.com

If you go

• Location: 2618 Derek Drive, Lake Charles.

• Hours: 10-9, Monday through Thursday; 10-10 Friday and Saturday; 10-3 Sunday.

• Telephone: 337-564-5000.