Kent >Food & Dining > Cave Man Kitchens
807 W Valley Hwy, Kent, WA | Directions 9803247.388970 -122.248657
RUN AWAY WHILE U CAN! – I heard about cave man from a friend so I just had to go get me some grub...Big mistake! the trash was overflowing onto the ground and smelled horrible!!!! As if that wasnt bad enough flies were buzzing and landing all around me like a alfred hitchcock film. At this point my food had already been orderd so I had little choice since I didnt want to waste my money in this enonomy. if my gut had not been weakened by the smell I would have listened to it! beans tasted plain, but what got me was that my chicken was raw! gross!!! i'm never eating here again.
Don't Eat Here...Ever – Instead of this place, try Pig Iron BBQ in Georgetown.
As a Texas transplant, I'm always excited to discover a new BBQ place. ...But I should have seen the warning signs here. When I got out of the car it smelled terrible--the trash was overflowing and looked like it hadn't been picked up in a couple of weeks. Once I'd ordered I went to get my drink and the drink machine had exposed parts and not enough ice. The food itself was atrocious. The beans seemed like they came stright from a can--too many onions, not enough meat and very, very mushy. The coleslaw was swimming in mayonaise--very little cabbage and carrots. The sandwich (BBQ beef) was served with way too much sauce--leading me to think "why are they hiding the meat?"--the meat itself was very dry, not smoked and sliced too thin.
I only ate a few bites and had half of a mind to go back and ask for a refund.
The only upside of this experience was that the counter help was friendly and the food was served quickly. But I would have been very glad to wait for better quality.
Is now CK's Smokehouse – They're reopened under a new name CK's Smokehouse (family issues taking on the old name) but it's the same family recipes with a 3rd generation grand daughter now running the place. It's just as good if not better!!! Open 7 days a week, 10:30 - 8 Thank you Marlis, your grandfather would be proud!
They have lost it – The Caveman Kitchen used to be very good when the original owner was still alive. They have lost the technique he had for ribs. I bought a pound of ribs today and they were the toughest I have had anywhere. I could not eat them, and threw them away. Awful. This is so sad. The Caveman used to be the best little rib joint in Kent. Those days are over. I have never had such lousy ribs, and the price was not cheap. Fool me once..shame on you. Fool me twice....well...you won't fool me twice.
Get The Beans – I have never been to Caveman Kitchens - too far away, but my son has, occasionally, brought some baked beans home to me.
I have been halfway around the world and have never tasted better baked beans. Large chunks of bacon and the sauce is great.
I just wish there was one of those restaurants here in Tacoma.
Bring your salmon here... – My family has brought their fresh caught salmon to Caveman since the 70s! You can't beat Caveman's smoking... YUM. It's been many years since I've personally been there, but for anyone who has grown up in Western Washington and has many many generations of family in Western Washington we know this is truely a local staple.
(All of you 21st century transplants not from Western Washington, go back home for your BBQ fixins, this place is for smokin'!)
Great food! Great Sauce! Great Sides! Can't wait for more!! – This place is a little rough around the edges but has all the fixin's for great eats! They make everything from scratch and by hand so this is some down home cookin'! I've read some unfavorable reviews about the sauce but I think its wonderful-Compliments the meat without taking over the flavor! Genius!!! And the price that you pay for what you get is awesome too! An 8" sandwich with 2 sides for under $12, find that at Quiznos! I know they've been around for some time (70's?!!) for good reason and I hope they're around for alot longer! Come one come all!
Smoked Meats – We ordered 37.5 lbs of smoked turkey and ham for my husbands employees for Thanksgiving and it was fantastic! We kept our fingers crossed because if the meat wasn't good, there was going to be alot of people very angry with us. Didn't order any sides so I can't say what those taste like but the meat was great. Overall, excellent smokiness - extremely reasonable - will be ordering meat for Thanksgiving again next year.
Good Chicken, not soo good everything else – They catered a work party recently and most were not too impressed(especially those who eat and cook BBQ). The ribs were tender with lots of meat but their sauce was just....wrong. Didn't taste like BBQ sauce. Tasted more like ketchup with spices. Their Baked Beans were runny and lacked any real flavor, especially compared to other BBQ places like The Generals in Kent. The bright spots were their potato salad, which was pretty darn good, and their smoked chicken, which, while a little dry, was unbelievably flavorful and the leftovers made excellent sandwiches the next day. Overall, not worth the price, except for the chicken.
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