Alas, Al Pegorare has gone to that great butcher shop in the sky. However, a guy named Jason has taken over and things seem to be going pretty well. Prior to my 2017 visit to Bridgeport, my previous experience with Albert’s had been from his catering of the Members Dinner of the Bodie Foundation. Always, the food was plentiful and good. Unfortunately, because of the store hours and my schedule in Bridgeport, I never got to go there during Al’s lifetime.
2017 would be different!
Arriving on a Thursday, I walked around town to try my luck for supper. When I walked past Albert’s on my way to The Jolly Cone, I was surprised to not only find Albert’s open, but with a barbequed rib dinner special! Apparently, this is a Thursday-only special they just recently started. Not only that, but there were a bunch of ladies of all ages offering square dance lessons for “donations”! Well, given that upon my return to Virginia, I would be telling the woman of my life about my adventures in California, I declined the dancing and just got the meal to take back to my motel room. However, if you're visiting Bridgeport from overseas, I recommend either staying for at least a few minutes to watch an American classic, or perhaps learning it yourself!
The ribs, OTOH, are another story! They are packaged to-go in a Styrofoam container with separately packaged baked beans and macaroni salad. Depending on when you get there, they might even be cooked especially for you! As an avid carnivore, I went for the ribs! To say they were done perfectly is an understatement. You will need a fork to eat these ribs with. If you pick them up by the bone, you’ll likely not get very far because the meat falls cleanly right off the bone by its own weight! They are also well-sauced with a not too-sweet/not-too-hot sauce. A great value as I was able to get three meals out of it. Figure around $12.00 for the meal. Service for the meal was quick and courteous.
Summary? If you’re in Bridgeport on a Thursday evening and the special is on, go there and get it!
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