I love barbeque – scratch that. I love good barbeque. Finger lickin’, wet nap needin’ barbeque makes me swoon. So when That Boy Good opened in downtown Oceanside, I was eager to try it out and I’m happy to report That Boy Good is some good barbeque!
A chef owned & operated restaurant, That Boy Good is the vision of Chef Mark Millwood. Mark learned to love food, specifically his mother’s Mississippi southern food, at an early age. He followed his passion and cooked his way around the world. In the Navy, he cooked during both Operation Desert Storm & Operation Desert Shield and after completing his service Mark made his way around the US honing his skills at the hands of some of the best chefs in the country. In 2010, Mark was named one of the Best Chefs of Vail CO for his healthy inspired cuisine offered at the Vail Marriott. Soon, California called and Mark answered by moving back to his home state and opening That Boy Good.
The menu is small, they like to call it simple, and is laser focused on offering the best of Mississippi barbeque. On my first visit, I had the Pulled Pork sandwich with a side of cole slaw. The pork is perfectly smoked and piled on a toasted bun with just the right amount of sauce (I’m not a fan of over saucing my bbq), the slaw is fresh and a combination of vinegar & sweet slaw, a nice slice of watermelon finishes off the plate. In all, it’s quite possibly the best pulled pork sandwich I’ve eaten and at $7 it’s quite a value. Since that first visit, I’ve been back many times and have tried the Crossroads Cup (a layered concoction of slaw, beans, mac n cheese, and your choice of pork or brisket), BBQ Pork Ribs, and the Delta Catfish sandwich. I’ve yet to order the Chicken & Waffles since I’m a huge fan of Roscoe’s Chicken and Waffles and my bar is set pretty high for that dish. That Boy Good offers a full bar and has nightly happy hour specials on beers & food. If you’re a Saints fan, wear you jersey and get your first beer for a buck.
The décor, like the menu, is simple. Southern style screen doors welcome you in and dining tables line the sides of the restaurant while a nice bar & cocktail area fill out the back. Southern themed artwork adorns the fantastic reclaimed wood walls and a vintage (non-working) jukebox finishes off the look. The ceiling is the only thing I have an issue with – it’s white acoustic tile. Painting it black or brown, or any color other than white would be a huge improvement.
Overall, That Boy Good is a great addition to the emerging restaurant scene in Oceanside and I highly recommend you stop in for a bite while in Oceanside.That Boy Good 207 N. Coast Highway Oceanside, CA 92054
Open Nightly until 9:00
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