DIPAMO'S BARBEQUE (838 College, 532-8161) Kansas City-style down-home barbeque in a beanery that's anything but upmarket.
Best: BBQ combo of crusty but moist spice-rubbed pork ribs; pulled pork sandwich. Complete dinners for $20 per person ($15 at lunch), including all taxes, tip and a pint of premium beer. Open for lunch Monday to Saturday noon to 3 pm, and for dinner Monday to Thursday 5 to 9 pm, and Friday and Saturday 5 to 10 pm. Fully licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNNSINTRA (588 College, 533-1106) Upscale Portuguese bistro on the College Cal-Ital strip. Fancy if somewhat dated digs provide a backdrop for expertly grilled seafood that needs more oomph. Despite a cellar holding over 150 vintages, few are available by the glass. Best: smoky pork chourico sausage, collard greens and cornbread crumbs. Complete dinners for $45 per person ($23 at lunch) including all taxes, tip and a glass of wine or a bottle of Portuguese beer. Open for lunch Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 3 pm, and for dinner Tuesday, Wednesday and Sunday 5 to 10 pm, Thursday to Saturday 5 pm to midnight. Closed Monday. Fully licensed. Access: one step at door, washrooms in basement. Rating: NNN
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