Home Plate brings recipes from the American South to the streets of China's North. With only a "can do" attitude, a custom-made meat smoker, and modest surroundings—completed with stacks of fruit tree wood—this place has thrived in Beijing.
Ribs, brisket, and burgers share space on the menu. But the most regularly cited favorite is the pulled pork sandwich, excellent value at RMB35. Add fried pickles and a lemonade, and you have yourself a meal.
Given the prices and relaxed atmosphere, it is not surprising that Home Plate is regularly packed or that its patio out front sees heavy traffic during the summer. But patience, often helped along by one of the American beers in the fridge, is a virtue eventually rewarded with some good, down home cooking.