Trifecta or Wagon Bones Barbecue?

September 24, 2019

Blake Heller and Aydin Khosrowshahi wanted to find out which local BBQ restaurant served the best ribs in town…so they went to find out. If you’re looking for a barbecue experience in Versailles, there are two options: Wagon Bones Barbecue and Trifecta Barbecue.


Aydin Khosrowshahi

Trifecta Exterior. Decorated with advertisements and an outside grill.

Trifecta Barbecue

Trifecta, located at 328 Saint Clair street, is a small barbecue restaurant within walking distance of Woodford County High School. The exterior has outdoor seating and some of the advertisements are for the restaurant itself; I think they need something that catches people’s attention more effectively.

Aydin Khosrowshahi
Interior shot of Trifecta barbecue taken from the back of the restaurant.

As we walked in, I noticed that the interior had a definitive vibe to it – vaguely reminiscent of an American diner with checkered floors and decent bench seating – although the interior was a bit lackluster; I feel like it needs to find its own aesthetic niche. It was well-lit, clean, and everything seemed to be in good enough condition. The customer service was more than satisfactory – the woman who waited on us was kind and very welcoming, and there was a wait time of about 7 minutes to get two orders of food, which is definitely fair.


Aydin Khosrowshahi
Close up of Trifecta’s ribs, drizzled in barbecue sauce presented in a plastic diner tray.

There was a wide selection of menu items, from wings to sandwiches, to the “turkey ribs” they’re known for. All of these dishes are barbecued and prepared on-site. We ordered a quarter rack of ribs – they’re a classic barbecue dish, and any self-respecting barbecue restaurant should do them well. Sides, such as green beans, macaroni, and baked beans, and drinks are available but don’t come with your purchase. As for the ribs, they were well seasoned and drizzled with barbecue sauce. They didn’t quite fall off the bone but the meat was still tender and moist, and the sauce was a similar to typical barbecue sauce, but a bit sweeter. The whole dish was presented well, and for six dollars plus one dollar for a drink, it was definitely fairly priced. I’d definitely recommend Trifecta to any person seeking a tasty and local barbecue experience.

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Aydin Khosrowshahi

Exterior image of Wagon Bones BBQ.

Wagon Bones BBQ

Wagon Bones is a fairly new barbecue restaurant. Located on 199 South Main Street, the new restaurant moved into the old building of a former pizza place, but they’ve managed to give the environment an entirely different and very welcoming feel. The walls are practically filled to the brim with a slew of rustic antique-like decor reminiscent of Cracker Barrel, which makes the experience that much better.

Aydin Khosrowshahi
Interior shot of the right side of Wagon Bones BBQ.

The customer service was good, the man at the register was welcoming and generous, explaining what we were able to order and what each order included. Soon after ordering, the man at the counter informed us that they didn’t have enough for the two orders so he offered us other options on the menu with no extra charge. Only 7-8 minutes after ordering we received our food which included one order of ribs with a side of coleslaw and a drink, and another order of ribs with a side of potato salad and a drink, along with the extra item from the menu. All of that for only $7 each, a total of $14, was stellar with a wait time of only 7-8 minutes.


Aydin Khosrowshahi
An up-close picture of the order of ribs, on the bun, and the potato salad wrapped up in a nice diner-like tray.

The options available were minimal, the menu in front of the counter included some of their more popular options on the online menu. The website shows all of the items available but some may not be prepared, but all of the food is well done and made on-site, including the barbeque sauce which was amazing. We ordered the ribs which were almost excessively salted on the exterior, but it made the interior of the food quite literally perfect and tender. The sides include potato salad, slaw, baked beans, mac/cheese, green beans, bean salad, tomato/cucumber salad, and chips, among our order, the potato salad, and the slaw were both complementary to the main part of the order. All of that with a drink of your choice for $7 is an amazing price for the quality of the food served which made for a very good barbeque experience.



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