The New Look of Ted Cook’s 19th Hole

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Ted Cook’s 19th Hole is home to some of the most reliable barbecued pork ribs (and quite likely the best sweet potato pie) in Minneapolis. The takeout eatery has long looked and felt worn-out and downmarket, qualities beloved by old-school BBQ aficionados, but not necessarily conducive to bringing in new trade.

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Thus: a whole new look, implemented in the late summer, consisting of a new awning; fresh new inviting window treatments clearly stating “Real Pit Barbecue,” “Catering Available,” and “Award Winning Barbecue”; and a series of three exterior wall murals.

The murals are drop-dead fantastic. Painted by Annie Lee, an artist widely known for a style often referred to as “Black Americana,” (and whose art appeared in Coming to America and Boomerang), the illustrations tell the story of the restaurant: They vividly connect the place with ribs, sauce, sweet potato pie, the smoking of meat, and the game of golf.

Ted Cook’s 19th Hole Barbecue

2814 E 38th St
Minneapolis, MN 55406
Moses Quartey / Michael Davis

Tue–Fri 11am-10pm
Sat-Sun  1pm-10pm
RESERVATIONS: Takeout only

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

Becca Dilley / Heavy Table

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  1. That chipmunk is a fucking rock star!

  2. The new look is fantastic. I have to look twice every time I drive by just to make sure it’s Ted Cook’s. I just wish I liked their BBQ.

  3. The beef ribs are great. Viva la beef ribs!

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