BBQ Essays: 40 Truisms, Observations, Mottos and Rules of Thumb
With PigTrip winding down this year, I'm starting to think about legacy. Even the reviews that are up to date now (and I freely admit it's not even close to all of them) will become out of date at some point. So maybe it's the truisms, observations, mottos and rules of thumb listed here that have a greater chance for lasting power. Some have appeared before and some are controversial, but I believe in all of them. I hope some are worth remembering.
See the list here: Truisms, Observations, Mottos & Rules of Thumb
Joints Directory Madness
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning six states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site), three expansions, three closings and four restaurants "grayed out" because the menus today don't have the same barbecue representation as when they were initially added.
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
Meat BBQ Company (Forked River NJ) is a brand new barbecue food truck whose menu features ribs, brisket, pulled pork and chicken, plus smoked wings, pig candy and burgers. www.meatbbqtruck.com
Mighty Quinn's Barbeque (NYC) continues its global expansion with another location on the Upper East Side. It's an area that could use another barbecue joint, so it's a nice addition to see, as is their next stop: Staten Island. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.mightyquinnsbbq.com
Waterfront Tavern (Holyoke MA) is a renovated tavern that has reopened under new ownership, Beyond the cosmetic changes, they've added a new food focus and have enlisted the barbecue services of Damn Yankees BBQ (Granby MA) toward that end. They'll smoke barbecue on site, according to a MassLive report, "serving everything from applewood pulled pork and Texas brisket to bacon-wrapped jalapeños and sweet potato casserole." Thanks to Mark for the lead. Facebook
Huntspoint Meat & BBQ (Epping NH) is a market with bulk takeout packages of smoked meats. Various combinations have family sized combos of ribs, pulled pork, brisket, chicken and turkey. And if the name sounds familiar, yes, they're based in the Bronx. Thanks to Sully for the lead. Facebook
Boston Burgers: Ken's Steakhouse Reviewed
Still cleaning out the files from this past holiday season with a burger review for Ken's Steakhouse (Framingham MA). Come for the salad dressing, stay for the burger?
See my burger review for Ken's Steakhouse
Boston Burgers: Snappy Pattys Reviewed
Still busting out of winter hibernation with another burger review, this time closer to Boston.Here's my take on Snappy Pattys (Medford MA), a small eatery with some of the best small burgers around.
See my burger review for Snappy Pattys
Boston 'Burbs BBQ: First Look at CK Pearl
Yes, it's a barbecue review at last, though more of a "First Look" to be finalized once I get a few more visits in. It's for CK Pearl (Essex MA), a waterfront restaurant that dabbles in barbecue in the heart of clam country.
See my "First Look" at CK Pearl
Joints Directory Madness
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are four new joints (or new to the site) and two closings.
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
Fink's BBQ and Cheesesteak Roadhouse (Suffern NY) is a rebranding of the cult pitmaster's previous operation in the same space, Look for the cheesesteaks, obvi, along with Fink classics like smoked wings, Texas lollipops and crispy pulled pork with tangy apple barbecue sauce. www.finksbbqroadhouse.com
Harlem Bar-B-Q (NYC) is a January expansion to a second location on Lenox Avenue. It's a joint that Eater's Robert Sietsema (unfavorably) compared to Dallas BBQ. For what it's worth, the website claims the ribs are smoked, and the photo below (from the restaurant's website) looks worlds better than anything I've had at Dallas BBQ. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.harlembarbq.com
Kimchi Smoke (Bergenfield NJ) has soft opened, marking the brick and mortar debut of Robert Austin Cho's popular barbecue venture that's been touring the area at farmer's markets and pop-ups. The mash-up of Korean and barbecue features smoked meatsand kimchi in tacos and on donuts. www.kimchismoke.com
Traveling Texas Smoke Shop (Laconia NH) is a food truck on the strip of Route 3 between Lake Winnisquam and Lake Winnipesaukee. The menu includes pulled pork and chopped brisket sandwiches, plus leg quarters, ribs and rib ends. Thanks to Bruce for the lead. Facebook
East Coast Grill (Cambridge MA) closed toward the end of January, capping a brilliant 30 year run with one final Hell Night. Not only did they deftly balance seafood, barbecue and spicy equatorial fare, but they broke in some amazing chefs over the years: Andy Husbands, Tim Partridge, Jason Santos, Mark Romano, Paul O' Connell and Tony Maws, to name just a few. And then there are the second- and third-generation barbecue joints either manned by or directly influenced by alums from ECG and Chris Schlesinger's early work at Jake and Earl's (the barbecue joint that became ECG's expansion into the Lava Lounge): Jake's Boss BBQ, Jake's Dixie Roadhouse, Way Back Eddy, Blue Ribbon, Lester's, Rouge, High Street Grill, Scratch Kitchen, Spitfires and probably a few more. My moles tell me that Chris Schlesinger still owns the building, so do not rule out a return. If Fast Eddy Felson can make a comeback, so can Schesinger. The cryptic farewell on the site certainly leaves open the possibility of a comeback in one form or another. www.eastcoastgrill.net
Boston 'Burbs Burgers: Red Raven Reviewed
OK, time to bust out of winter hibernation. But just like a Red Sox slugger coming off the DL, I need to get my timing back with the PigTrip equivalent of a stint in Pawtucket: a burger review for a place in the Boston 'burbs. This time it's for Red Raven (Acton MA), a gastropub with an Edgar Allan Poe theme. The Quoth Burger has some interesting toppings.
See my burger review for Red Raven
I have a backlog of burger and barbecue reviews on deck (in various stages of completion), so I'll post as time allows. One thing's for certain: February will be more prolific than January.
Worcester Burgers: 2 Ovens Reviewed
Here's another holiday season burger review, this time for 2 Ovens (Shrewsbury MA), an experimental pizza restaurant just outside Worcester that cooks its burgers in a pizza oven imported from Italy.
See my burger review for 2 Ovens
Joints Directory Madness
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site).
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
House of Que (Hoboken NJ) represents a new venture for Michael Rodriguez, formerly of the Salt Lick in Texas and still with the Tres Carnes mini-chain. House of Cue is a slick space with an L-shaped bar, a wall of TVs behind it, a stage for entertainment, cafeteria style ordering and possibly the best view of the Manhattan skyline of any barbecue joint near it. If you're a fan of Tres Carnes' chili, you'll find it here too. Thanks to Billy for the lead. www.houseofque.com
Billygoats BBQ (West Dennis MA) is a week-old Cape Cod barbecue joint offering ribs,pulled pork, brisket, smoked wings, fried chicken and lettuce wraps with smoked meats. Adding to the experience are a few TVs and live music on weekends. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.billygoatsbbq.com
Blue Bayou BBQ (Clark NJ) is a new addition with the basic four in various permutations, plus meatloaf, a few different fish and steak options, pierogies with onions and a strong emphasis on desserts. www.bluebayoubbq.com
Two Neanderthals Smoking BBQ (Springfield VT) is a food truck featuring "caveman style" barbecue (ribs, pork and brisket) along with burgers, dogs and chili. Seems like they're open all year, Thanks to Jeff for the find.
Connecticut BBQ: Smoke Not Just BBQ Reviewed
The site's 346th barbecue review is for Smoke Not Just BBQ (Manchester CT), the third different barbecue joint in three years to occupy the same downtown space. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Smoke Not Just BBQ
Boston 'Burgers: Bartley's Reviewed
A holiday weekend means a focus away from barbecue and towards burgers, so here's a look at one of Boston's old guard. The latest burger review is for Bartley's Gourmet Burgers (Cambridge MA), a Harvard Square institution that's been slinging burgers since the days of JFK.
See my burger review for Bartley's Gourmet Burgers
Boston BBQ: Redbones Re-reviewed
The barbecue re-reviews continue with Redbones (Somerville MA), another Boston barbecue legend in its third decade of operation.
See my review update for Redbones
Massachusetts BBQ: Ed's Famous BBQ Reviewed
The site's 345th barbecue review is for Ed's Famous BBQ (Fall River MA), an over-the-counter joint not too far off the highway.Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Ed's Famous BBQ
Massachusetts BBQ: Kinfolks award Winning BBQ Reviewed
The site's 344th barbecue review is for Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ (Taunton MA), a food truck in a liquor store parking lot that slings barbecue year-round. Some of you may remember my 2013 review of their now-closed Brockton brick-and-mortar location; this one is a step up, at least for ribs. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Kinfolks Award Winning BBQ
Boston BBQ: Village Smokehouse Re-reviewed
The barbecue re-reviews continue with Village Smokehouse (Brookline MA), a fresh look at a joint that opened in 1987. Not much has changed in the nine years since my last review.
See my review update for Village Smokehouse
Boston 'Burbs Burgers: WuBurger Reviewed
Let's start the week with a burger review and end it with a barbecue review. The burger is WuBurger (Woburn MA), an over-the-counter joint with a retro look (and a burger with a Shake Shack look).
See my burger review for WuBurger
Massachusetts BBQ: Surfside Smokehouse Reviewed
The site's 343rd barbecue review is for Surfside Smokehouse (Plymouth MA), an upstairs joint overlooking a marina on one side and the Mayflower on another. Yeah, that Mayflower. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Surfside Smokehouse
Boston Burgers: Wheelhouse Reviewed
Last week's time consuming Sweet Cheeks review monopolized my barbecue attention, so I've been burgering as a diversion lately. Here's a review for Wheelhouse (Boston MA), a Monday-through-Friday breakfast-and-lunch joint in the Financial District with a focus on burgers.
See my burger review for Wheelhouse
Boston BBQ: Sweet Cheeks Re-reviewed
Here's a fresh look at Sweet Cheeks (Boston MA), a joint famous for its celebrity chef and its biscuits.
See my review update for Sweet Cheeks
Boston 'Burbs Burgers: Rossetti Restaurant's "The Burger" Reviewed
Relax, there's a barbecue review coming tomorrow and many more ahead, but today let's do one more burger theme, this time for Rossetti Restaurant (Lynn MA), a red sauce joint with a more than respectable burger.
See my burger review for Rossetti Restaurant
Joints Directory Madness - Expansion, Resurgence and Waterfront Edition
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are five new joints (or new to the site), four closings and one changed URL.
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
Smokehouse 320 (Mamaroneck NY), an expansion of nearby Smokehouse Chili Grill (New Rochelle NY), opened last Wednesday. Speculation has it that one of upstate New York's most noted barbecue socialites has at least token involvement. The compact menu features smoked wings, ribs, pulled pork, pork belly and a stuffed pork chop. Burgers, stone fired pizzas and a few seafood and vegetarian items offer broader appeal. www.smokehousechili.com
Brother Jimmy's (Stamford CT) is yet another expansion of what may now be New York City's largest barbecue chain. It's also their first expansion into New England since the closing of their short-lived Cambridge MA outpost. www.brotherjimmys.com
Joey C's Boathouse (Stratford CT) is an expansion of Joey C's Roadhouse (Milford CT). With a deck overlooking the water, the emphasis is on seafood and Mexican, but there's a pulled pork sandwich, babyback ribs and the same barbecue sauces from its barbecue sibling further north. Early Yelp reviews have been rough. www.joeycsboathouse.com
Bernardo's BBQ (East Providence, RI) is the comeback of Bernie Watson, formerly of LJ's BBQ (Providence, then Pawtucket). His daughter owns the place and the pulled pork, according to a trusted mole, is the same pan-fried style. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. www.bernardosbbq.com
Surfside Smokehouse (Plymouth MA) is a dockside restaurant by Fred Bisaillon and Denise Corson, owners of B-ACK Yard BBQ (Nantucket). Barbecue meats—smoked with whiskey and bourbon barrels from Kentucky—include ribs, brisket, pulled pork, kielbasa, half chickens and chicken "hot legs." The raw bar and seafood options run even deeper. Thanks to Mark for the lead. www.surfsidesmokehouse.com
Smokin' Aces (Douglaston NY) is a Queens BBQ joint that has recently closed. Thanks to Nestor for the info.
Perigee (Lee MA) has closed. Thanks to Bill for the info.
Brick & Tin Barbeque (Bridgewater MA), "due to unforseen circumstances" [is] closed at this time," according to their phone greeting. Thanks again to Mark for the lead.
Boston 'Burbs Burgers: The Blue Ox Reviewed
Let's stick with the burger theme, this time with a burger review for The Blue Ox (Lynn MA), a north of Boston gastropub whose Sin Burger has won the last three Boston Burger Battle competitions.
See my burger review for The Blue Ox
Boston 'Burbs Burgers: The Bancroft Reviewed
Time for another burger review, this time for The Bancroft (Burlington MA), a town whose exploding restaurant scene includes a deep roster of burger destinations.
See my burger review for The Bancroft
Brooklyn BBQ: Four Lunches and Still Hungry
Here's a brief recap of a July crawl through Brooklyn and Queens that I had hoped would yield some reviews: Slide Bar-B-Q (Maspeth), Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Gowanus), Pig Beach (Gowanus) and The Shop (Bushwick). It wasn't, as Robert Barone might say, meant to be. Still, there's enough to talk about to warrant this 4-joint, 5-stop crawl report.
See my crawl recap of Slide / Dinosaur / Pig Beach / The Shop
Hudson Valley BBQ: Billy Joe's Ribworks Reviewed
The site's 342nd barbecue review is for Billy Joe's Ribworks (Newburgh NY), a popular indoor/outdoor joint overlooking the Hudson River. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Billy Joe's Ribworks
Connecticut BBQ: Hoodoo Brown Reviewed
The site's 341st barbecue review is for Hoodoo Brown Barbeque (Ridgefield CT), a 4-month-old joint that's taken western Connecticut by storm. Check the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Hoodoo Brown Barbeque
Stamford BBQ: Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Reviewed
The site's 340th barbecue review is for Dinosaur Bar-B-Que (Stamford CT), a nearly 3-year-old outpost of a New York legend. Check out how it stacks up since my initial preview in the full fledged review, accessible via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Dinosaur Bar-B-Que Stamford
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