RESTAURANT REVIEW - Players BBQ in Madera used to be a very special place. The original owners put their hearts and souls into every plate that came out of that kitchen. Every single day if you didn't get into the restaurant by 2:30pm they would be sold out of tri-tip, ribs or pulled pork, and you might have to order chicken. Then they sold the restaurant to a friend of theirs who experienced issues with keeping the doors open. For over a year you wouldn't know if the restaurant would be open from day to day. Then the place sat closed until the second owner was able to find a new buyer.
Since the new owner took over there have been some changes. First there seems to be more meat available later in the day but then again the sandwiches I had today seemed to have about half the meat that the original owners put on theirs. When the place first opened meat would fall off the sandwiches into the basket. I can't describe today's sandwiches that same way. In fact nothing fell off the buns because there was no meat protruding from the inside of the bun. It reminded me of a Full-o-Bull sandwich without all the fixings, but still costing a dollar more.