Hot Links, Lynyrd Skynyrd BBQ & Beer

Nothing says “I love you” like a big platter of meat for two. This no-frills barbecue joint knows that true love means you can share a brisket, spare ribs and a hot link sandwich without batting an eyelash. The star of the “Tap That Special” platter is the sausage, made from a 100-year-old recipe, which has the link laced with cheese and jalapeño peppers. $20 per person, in Excalibur, 597-7818.

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