5th Street Ribs n Blues is one of the restaurants on Tech Square. It serves a fairly classic barbeque menu---pork and chicken in the form of whole animals and chopped meat. Today, purely for research purposes, I had a half rack of pork ribs. One of the key controversies in barbeque is doneness---al dente or fall-off-the-bone. 5th Street goes for the al dente style---it takes just a little effort to tease off the meat. Their sauce is not overly sweet and easy to take. I have learned the hard way that BBQ is not the cleanest takeout meal. All that sauce has to go somewhere. When the meat is wrapped in paper, somewhere becomes everywhere. But barbeque is not a meal for the fastidious.
Ambience is blues and sports. They have good blues playing over the speaker plus plenty of monitors tuned into sports events.
One sign of authenticity---they're closed on Sunday. Everyone knows you can't get decent BBQ on Sunday.