Triangle notes: Jones Barbeque coming; 35th/Avalon signal change

That banner has just gone up in the window at 4417 Fauntleroy Way (map), the former OK Corral barbecue joint (which quietly went from take-out, to catering-only, to closed over the past few months): Jones Barbeque, coming soon. You may know them from SODO and/or Columbia City. We’ve got messages out to company ownership/management to find out about the West Seattle plan, so stand by for more.

We spotted the sign while heading over to take a photo of what WSB Forums member Nuni pointed out — the new left-turn signals at 35th/Avalon have just been switched on, after more than a week under wraps:

The signals are just on the west/east lights (Avalon to 35th), not the north/south ones. And yes, this is the same intersection that has one of West Seattle’s two red-light-camera systems (along with 35th/Thistle).

52 Replies to "Triangle notes: Jones Barbeque coming; 35th/Avalon signal change"

  • World Citizen May 27, 2010 (1:38 pm)

    AWESOME!!! Best BBQ in the city!!!!

  • sam May 27, 2010 (1:42 pm)

    when I first saw the second photo (without reading any of the text), I thought- Oh cool- they’re going to finish that building !

  • Alki Resident May 27, 2010 (1:43 pm)

    Yes,but this new location isnt good on parking.Any ideas?

  • Laura May 27, 2010 (1:47 pm)

    Oooo! So happy to get Jones on the west side!

  • GoGo May 27, 2010 (1:56 pm)

    YAY! Jones BBQ!!! My husband is SO happy right now. He is very particular about his BBQ and loves Jones. I love them too!!

  • squareeyes May 27, 2010 (2:06 pm)

    There’s a parking lot which will accommodate at least 10 parking spots right behind the Tervos/future Jones BBQ building.

  • Andy May 27, 2010 (2:09 pm)

    But, but, they’re a chain! And they might have neon! Shouldn’t we be upset?

  • bj May 27, 2010 (2:09 pm)

    Sure hope it works for them. Parking is so bad. Seems like it’s hard for a business to succeed there…..I wonder if they ever do some pre investigating before they sign leases.

  • T-Rex May 27, 2010 (2:30 pm)

    If the food is good, people will park and walk.

    We so need a good BBQ in West Seattle. I tried Brickyard and was not impressed. Right now, I drive to Famous Dave’s in Southcenter. Great grub.

  • Brandon May 27, 2010 (2:36 pm)

    I agree, the parking in that area sucks. which is why i never tried the last place. However, I think Jones has the name recognition to get people going.

    Glad there is a signal there.

  • Dan May 27, 2010 (3:22 pm)

    Andy, Jones BBQ has more than one location which technically makes it a chain. However this is truly a Local family business. That is what is important. If they can have more than one location there shouldn’t be negative thoughts about that.

  • johnnyblegs May 27, 2010 (3:33 pm)

    Buddah doesn’t have any problems succeeding and they’re a few doors down. Why can’t people just park on the side streets for Jone’s BBQ. I won’t have to worry about that. Within walking distance. Awesome!

  • Andy May 27, 2010 (3:45 pm)

    Just poking fun, Dan, at the raucous threads that have gone on and on about the impending Wing Dome.

    I couldn’t give a hoot if they were a hundred stores strong, owned by people who have never seen Seattle, and headquartered in NYC, if it’s good BBQ, I’m in.

  • Sew May 27, 2010 (3:45 pm)

    There is a really big lot behind the building. What do you guys mean there is no parking? Ya not right in front but a few steps away!

  • AnotherIdiotInWS May 27, 2010 (4:11 pm)

    Hey Andy, on that note, you may want to check on Garlic Jim’s pizza… owned (franchised) by a guy that lives in West Seattle and they make good pizza. Not sure why the cleanest place in the Junction doesn’t have more people sitting and eating a pizza is beyond me. Or, maybe my taste in pizza isn’t that good…
    I also welcome these guys… that’s just good bbq.

  • rw May 27, 2010 (4:14 pm)

    Interesting. AS far as food goes (Cyclo, Costco, and various wine outlets) I consider Sodo a near extension of West Seattle. For my rare ventures into BBQ I’ll probably support Brickyard (hope they succeed) or make my own before getting a Jones for Jones.

  • flowerpetal May 27, 2010 (4:20 pm)

    Jone’s BBQ is so good I would park blocks away and walk on my knee caps to enter!

  • Carson May 27, 2010 (4:25 pm)

    I don’t care how bad the parking is, I drive to Sodo already to go to Jones so its still going to be closer. Yippee

  • HelperMonkey May 27, 2010 (4:30 pm)

    OK Corral didn’t fail because of parking…they failed because they MICROWAVED THEIR RIBS.

  • Alki Resident May 27, 2010 (4:31 pm)

    Thisll be great timing since the ramp on 1st is not longer usable getting up to the ws freeway.I didnt realize parking was around back or side,never saw anyone go into the other restrants that were there before.Jones is far more tastier than Brickyard,I love my bbq.

  • Jay May 27, 2010 (4:55 pm)

    If only Ballard based Gabriel’s Fire could open up a location here in the peninsula. Until then I think I’ll keep making the trip up to Ballard for my BBQ fix.

  • pigeonmom May 27, 2010 (6:10 pm)

    Yay! Jones!! I love me some Jones!

  • pigeonmom May 27, 2010 (6:12 pm)

    RE: Signal change. It’s about f’ing time. Glad to see it.

  • ElevenTruckmen May 27, 2010 (6:23 pm)

    Finally real BBQ in West Seattle. Welcome to the 7th Battalion Jones, We always knew you would make it. Magnolia never suited you.

  • rick May 27, 2010 (7:23 pm)

    best news I have heard today!!! I have gone to SODO store often..always great.

  • Admiral Janeway May 27, 2010 (7:24 pm)

    Somehow I never made it to OK Corral, but I’ll visit Jones. My favorite bbq joint is Casper’s BBQ just north of Lake City.

  • grr May 27, 2010 (7:53 pm)

    interesting choice of location. Jones is indeed great bbq..OK was good too..but I found the parking to be too much of a PIA….hope they do ok there…Too bad they couldn’t go into the old Tullys by Thriftway :)

  • RG-KOA May 27, 2010 (9:12 pm)

    I drove by that store last week and saw a Jones van parked out front. I hoped they were just looking at some of OK’s old equipment for purchase. I have been eating Jones since they took over the old Wild Boar location on MLK. They are a solid operation run by good people.

    I worry because that location on Fauntleroy is a kiss of death. Those of you with the kind of mileage that I have will remember that even Sun Fish floundered at that location.

    Best of luck to Jones. To the rest of you; Be careful with the spicy sauce

  • celeste17 May 27, 2010 (9:54 pm)

    If it is good people will come. There is parking in the Tervo’s lot (the lot is for all the businesses in that triangle). I will park in that lot and walk around the corner. Looking forward to it. Love BBQ tried OK once and didn’t like it.

  • Wbn May 27, 2010 (10:33 pm)

    Jones is not a chain. They may have a few places but they are owned by the same family. Nice folks!

  • brandon May 27, 2010 (10:51 pm)

    Once all the condo’s and apartments get built out in the triangle, foot traffic won’t be a problem. Pretty savvy move for them within two years. Could they get Jones Soda too and save on advertising :)

  • Mel May 27, 2010 (11:04 pm)

    Jones is alright. Actually, the best bbq I ever had comes only once a year at the Holy Rosary west festival in September. Those guys make the best ribs in the country. I’m from Memphis. I know good bbq. If they open a bbq joint, I’d live in it. The potato salad has to be made from scratch and it’s the best potato salad in the country too. Holy Rosary needs to open a bbq joint. I will be the first one in line in September.

  • miws May 28, 2010 (8:04 am)

    “Those of you with the kind of mileage that I have will remember that even Sun Fish floundered at that location.”

    The spot does seem to be jinxed, but who knows? Maybe it’s time has come, and there will be a turnaround. Perhaps, in a few months, Jones will be smokin’.



  • austin May 28, 2010 (9:07 am)

    I was just walking past the other day (before the banner went up) and noticed the outside and inside had been cleaned up a lot and they had put in some new counters, was curious about what new thing was going in there. Not been to their other locations but I’m always open to new bbq in walking distance from the house.

  • Pam May 28, 2010 (10:39 am)

    Mel, thanks! I have always kept my mouth shut about Jones because so many in
    Seattle think they are great. I don’t like to chew the meat off the bones, like it to be falling off with flavor. I suppose homemade are best!! They are a family owned business though so I do wish them luck in West Seattle!

  • Pam May 28, 2010 (10:43 am)

    35th and Avalon, it’s about time! Always had to go through and around KFC just to get onto 35th, I thought a light would never go in there, it surely brings a lot of $’s for red light tickets!

  • villagegreen May 28, 2010 (10:47 am)

    This is great news! Man it would be great to get a successful business in there. Maybe once people are forced to figure out the parking lot next door that will help Tervo’s business as well. The new couple that owns it have really made an effort to increase hours, carry more products, and basically clean up the place. I would really like to see them succeed!

    Personally, I live within blocks of the place so will be making frequent trips to both. Jones is definitely good bbq.

  • michael May 28, 2010 (11:50 am)

    Welcome to West Seattle! :)
    Good People, Good Food, Good Times!
    All The Best

  • HolyKow May 28, 2010 (12:53 pm)

    OK Coral was awful. Tried it once and vowed to never cross that threshold again whilst they were the attending establishment.

    Tasted like they used old bed frames and woodshop scraps to cook the meat..blech…

    HOWEVER, have never tried Jones BBQ and I am always looking for a new weekend take out smokey meats place….

    Here’s hopin’ they live up to the hype above!


  • Cordelia Anne May 28, 2010 (2:11 pm)

    I’m so HAPPY about the left turn signal at 35th and Avalon. I’ve been driving in West Seattle for twenty years, and always thought that was a stupid oversight on the part of SDOT. It’s always fantastic when something in my beloved city gets FIXED! :)

  • Robert May 28, 2010 (4:00 pm)

    Mel is right. I have friends who go to Holy Rosary. They called me from the west festival, and told me that I had to come and taste this BBQ right away. They know that I consider myself an expert on ribs. I went in the rain, and was blown away. These ribs were the best I’ve ever had. The guys are obviously professional bbq chefs because they are there in chef coats. I ate them for lunch and for dinner. I tried to get some to take home, but they were sold out! The meat was seasoned to perfection, it was falling off the bone tender, and the sauce was professional quality. I keep looking for the Holy Rosary guys at bbq contests, because they would win every blue ribbon awarded. I’ll be first in line because I want to find out where they get their sauce and their potato salad. I want to buy the potato salad, but I keep buying different kinds, hoping that it’s theirs, but it never is. If the Holy Rosary guys opened a store, they’d put Jones out of business in a month at most. You’d see the Jones employees eating the Holy Rosary ribs. They are that delicious. I’ll see you there Mel.

  • TM May 28, 2010 (4:26 pm)

    That’s epic news for WS. Jones is legit, phenomenal barbeque. Amazing desserts (peach pie, bread pudding etc). Always liked the folks working at the different locations too. This will mark the first time I will have visited a business at that address, but like others have said, Jones is pilgrimage-worthy and I am glad that my pilgrimages now will be a lot shorter. Go Jones!!!

  • BBQ forever May 28, 2010 (5:35 pm)

    Great news on Jone’s coming to our little slice of heaven! I like them okay (really not much better around town that I have tried)…Peco’s has some good smoke, but overpower the flavor with their ‘demanding’ sauce IMHO. Jone’s has a decent sauce, but need to work on their slow smoke flavor, and try some old South meat selection and presparation techniques. Peco’s smoked pork, but with Jone’s sauce, would most assuredly cause mass hysteria here in Seattle. We are literally starved for some decent BBQ.

    Thanks much Mel for the tip about Holy Rosary in September! Never been, but won’t miss it this year. I too am from Memphis, and your reccommendation means a great deal to me. We know our Q…simple as that. Not that I’m a snob about it mind you (I could sooooo go for a just a plain ole Top’s right now), but folks just can’t seem to get it right around here.

    Anyways, looking forward to seeing you all in line at Jone’s…..whoohoo!!!

  • Renae Gaines May 28, 2010 (10:13 pm)

    Welcome Mr. Jones and the family to the West Seattle community, My opinion Jones BBQ is so-so but Home of Good BBQ is far the best in the City of Seattle; but I will have to toot my own horn last weekend for our first weekend Soulful Delivery-Food To Feed Your Soul did very good business and on our menu was BBQ Ribs or Chicken, mac n cheese, Nae’s Baked Beans and Fresh Green Beans and the dessert was Peach Cobbler, all customers were truly satisfied! This weekend we are doing fried chicken, smothered cabbage, candied yams and hotwater cornbread and next weekend lasagna, salad and garlic bread, each weekend we will offer different specials!

  • Cheryl May 29, 2010 (3:37 am)

    Being from the SW (as in DESERT Southwest) orginally, and having traveled all over the Midwest & the great state of TX where my sis lives, I’m appalled at the lack of good BBQ in this town. Have always wanted to try Jones, now I’ll be able to without crossing the bridge. Please dear lawd, let it be truly good BBQ. I needs me some pulled pork & brisket. Mmmm mmmm.

  • Cordelia Anne May 29, 2010 (7:01 am)

    Only people who spell Jones BBQ without an apostrophe should be allowed to eat there. “Jone’s”? Really? What is this world’s (that’s possessive, people) grammar coming to? But hey, who cares about spelling or grammar when you can stuff your face with sauced-up grilled meat? ME!

  • rick May 29, 2010 (8:21 am)

    how is the backyard bbq? Have not tried it, but have seen no mention of it here in this thread?

  • Jill Loblaw May 29, 2010 (11:59 am)

    Rick, I think you mean Brickyard, correct? I have tried it and think it is pretty good. My preference is for a place in Bellevue called 3-Pigs. Yummy. I’d love for us to have great BBQ right here in West Seattle, though.

  • dawsonct May 30, 2010 (2:12 am)

    Jones is decent and will definitely be a welcome addition to the neighborhood. They could improve on their consistency, but when they are on their game, it can be very good. Not the best BBQ I have tried around the U.S., but as good as the better ones in this city. Careful when ordering the brisket; I have had it a couple of times when it was sublime; a perfect smoke line around a beautifully pink center. If you picked up a slice from one end, the weight of the meat would pull it apart. Incredible! A few other times it was more like shoe leather.

    I disagree a bit on the “perfect” rib. The meat should be tender enough that it pulls apart when you separate two ribs. The ribs on the bones should offer the slightest resistance when pulled away by the teeth. More like you are breaking surface tension than actually tugging meat off the bone. If it actually “falls off the bone,” then it is overcooked.

    HolyKow, you hit it EXACTLY. I heard it from the horse’s mouth himself. Asked Otis what kind of wood he used to smoke with and he said, “whatever I can get my hands on, as long as it ain’t treated!”
    Yum! Packing crates and pallets!

  • brandon May 30, 2010 (9:17 am)

    Now if we could just get a decent Mexican place *sigh*.

  • dawsonct May 31, 2010 (6:22 pm)

    Yeah!! Tacos Bravo, WHERE ARE YOU!!??

  • TM June 4, 2010 (8:39 pm)

    I’ll be going to Jones regularly

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