The Twin Cities has, for years, had a real barbecue problem—and it wasn’t just about the dearth of options. No, the issue for lovers of all things rich, saucy, and smoky was that they were so often forced to choose between either great main meats or fabulous sides. But once Q Fanatic opened an edge-of-Richfield location, we finally got a barbecue feast without compromise. The beautifully barky ribs bite back instead of falling off the bone; snappy hot links deliver serious spice; coleslaw provides a crisp and tangy counterpoint. Baked beans are packed with so many meaty bits they’re a meal unto themselves, and for fans of that ultra-creamy stovetop style, the mac and cheese is not to be missed.
Readers’ Choice: Revival