Casual BBQ to go at Downtown Ithaca’s Gateway BBQ Kitchen

This week, 14850 Dining is downtown at Gateway BBQ Kitchen. More kitchen than eatery, Gateway BBQ Kitchen serves up excellent slow-cooked BBQ in Gateway Center at the foot of the State Street hill.

Brisket, two sides, and corn bread. This is half of the $13 brisket platter.

Brisket, two sides, and corn bread. This is half of the $13 brisket platter.

The menu features St. Louis style ribs, beautifully tender smoked brisket, pulled pork, and hickory-smoked chicken, as well as half-pound burgers, sandwiches, and the requisite side dishes.

Gateway’s great brisket goes nicely with the creative and tart apple slaw and creamy macaroni and cheese. The meat, two sides, and corn bread are $13, and unless you’re starving, you can easily make two meals out of it. The ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender, as they should be.

We’re still hoping to find the perfect Philly Cheesesteak in Ithaca, but Gateway’s delicious and melty Philly Foldover is a fun adaptation served on a thick, folded wrap rather than on a traditional roll.

Gateway's Philly Foldover.

Gateway’s Philly Foldover.

Alongside all the slow-cooked meat, Gateway BBQ Kitchen offers plenty of vegetarian fare, including falafel, a portabella and tofu wrap, and a black bean burger.

Most of the sandwiches and BBQ dishes can be ordered with one side dish or two, depending on your appetite. There are daily soups, and side-dish specials like zucchini fries.

This tiny spot, which held the local Domino’s Pizza franchise until they moved one building over, has just a few small tables inside and a couple more outside for nice weather, along with a brisk business in take-out and delivery. Plan on spending $8-15 on a meal. Find Gateway BBQ Kitchen in front of the Gateway Center at 401 East State Street or at ithacagatewaybbq.com, or call them at 607-319-4446 and tell them you heard about them here.

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