Seattle >Food & Dining > O K Corral I
8733 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle, WA | Directions 9810347.693391 -122.355484
Neighborhoods: Greenwood, Northwest Seattle, Northwest
Seattle's Best Bar-B-Q – I haven't had catfish like this since I lived on the East Coast. The ribs are to die for. The sides are great. But, stick to the menu. If you want to serve a large or even small group anything but individual dinners the owner is not at all willing to help you out.
A Greenwood outpost straight out of a David Lynch film--a shack with a rural vibe, unorthodox service and excellent food. – The Scene
The setting is far from fancy--prepare to leave any "normal" dining customs behind and grab a seat at one of the simple communal tables. Old blues songs crackle from the stereo as the lone server offers a warm greeting and asks: "Have you ever eaten here before?"
There are no set menus--choose from what the kitchen has fired up that day. Typical options include spicy catfish filets, stinging with cayenne and paprika; smoky brisket, dry-rubbed and slow-cooked to buttery tenderness; and classic barbecued chicken, glossy with vinegar-spiked sauce and served with sides of garlicky collard greens and crispy hush puppies. Cobbler and other house-made desserts are always worth saving room for.
Great ribs, pass on the Kool-Aid – Really, that's what they had to drink the day we went (OK, it was some kind of punch). None of the chairs matched and the table rocked. So, why would you want to enter this wreck of a business establishment? Ribs, of course. Piles of really outstanding, sweet, tender ribs. I rate them as high as any place in town. Gotta do something about that drink selection though.
"Gonna take care of you" – As our party of five entered the quirky front door, a bellowing voice from behind exclaimed, "I'm goona take care of you." That good man sure did! Living a portion of my childhood in the South, I have been jaded to anything labeled "BBQ" in the Northwest. This place was different; the aromas sleepily gliding out of the make-shift kitchen reminded me of the warm summers, cold sweet tea and good hospitality of my youth. The ribs were tender and tangy. The greens and beans were rich with flavor and not overly spiced, but the catfish and chicken really awoke the slumbering or rather starving BBQ lover in me. We all exclaimed that our lives had suddenly become richer with the knowledge that such food and hospitality were now just around the corner.
The Best – Anyone who doesn't appreciate this place is probably not worth your time. I could POSSIBLY understand if someone didn't like the food--maybe vegetarians or Tony Roma's fans or something--but if you don't enjoy yourself at the OK Corral please just hop in your SUV and drive back to Bellevue. Along with Salumi, Agua Verde, and Mojito, the best budget dining experience in Seattle. Don't even bother ordering, just tell Otis to bring you what he's got cookin'.
Don't trust blue meat – Straight of the bone tender? Straight out of a boiling pot!
This place was horrible, the food was dreadful and overpriced. The only edible part was the hushpuppies.
so, so, so good – The food here is basically perfect: crispy and tender catfish, falling-off-the-bone ribs, excellent sauce, divine hushpuppies, etc.
Plus, you can order a combo dinner called The Hook-Up and wash it down with mason jars of Otis's Ghetto Juice.
The atmosphere is... unusual - it's like you just accidentally walked into someone's living room. It's nothing fancy, not a place to "see and be seen", but the service is friendly and attentive, and the music's great.
Holy smokinfranz! – Oh my god. Seriously now, the OK Corral is ridiculously tasty. The ribs are superb, the catfish is tender, flaky, and not at all greasy, the hushpuppies are the same, the sauce is just the right spiciness, the sides are delicious, it's all spectacular! Stop reading, close your web browser, and go eat ribs, now. Go!
Southern Heaven – Excellent food, huge portions and a real homey feel to it. The ribs & chicken were the best and came with sides of greens, potato salad, gumbo, cornbread. To top it off, the banana pudding was like a little bit of heaven.
The place is pretty small though and can only accomodate about 10 people. Most people just take it to go.
Try it out!!
a real classic – Otis serves up the best catfish west of the Missouri. Try the hook-up if your real hungry or the gumbo if available. You won't be disappointed.
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