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
Massachusetts BBQ: 2 Jerks Reviewed
The site's 339th barbecue review is for 2 Jerks BBQ (Raynham MA), a 2-month-old joint just south of Brockton. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of 2 Jerks BBQ
These Are A Few Of My Favorite Wings
With the start of the 2015 NFL season comes my now annual list of favorite smoked wings at thirteen different barbecue joints in New York and New England. In order to make this list, the wings have to be smoked, they have to be offered regularly and I had to have tried them within the last two years. Five new joints made this year's list, some ranking fairly and very high.
See the all-new 2015 smoked wing countdown
Boston BBQ Diversions: Backroom Reviewed
It's not really a barbecue review, and it's not even remotely a barbecue joint, but the Backroom at Moody's Delicatessen (Waltham MA) is a meat paradise featuring charcuterie, cheeses, flatbreads, tapas style small bites and some smoked items in a wine bar setting.
See my review of Backroom
Connecticut BBQ: Wire Mill Reviewed
The site's 338th barbecue review is for Wire Mill BBQ (Redding CT) (in the village of Georgetown CT), a small joint with outdoor seating and the smokers in full view. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Wire Mill BBQ
Joints Directory Madness
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning six states. This time there are ten new joints (or new to the site) and one closing.
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
Percy's BBQ & Darts (NYC) is a multifaceted space featuring darts, sports (numerous TVs) and barbecue prepared by pitmaster John Zervoulakos, formerly of John Brown Smokehouse and Strand Smokehouse. The smoker is an offset model on wheels. The menu features the usual suspects, plus rib tips, wings, sausage, homemade bacon and even an interesting roundup of salads. Thanks to Ethan for the lead. www.percysny.com
Izzy's Brooklyn Smokehouse (Brooklyn NY) is a kosher barbecue joint emphasizing beef (ribs, pulled, sausage, brisket) and chicken (pulled, smoked half birds, wings). I like that they take reservations for two seating times (7:15 and 8:30), with walk-in hours just before and after. www.izzyssmokehouse.com
Pigs on a Wing (Lindenhurst, NY) is a new joint on Long Island's south shore that features "slow cooked" ribs, rib tips, pulled pork, wings, burgers, fried chicken, wraps, po boys and a few meaty and non-meaty salads. Thanks to Sam for the lead. www.pigsonawing.com
CK Pearl (Essex MA) is a year-round mostly-seafood restaurant with a wood smoked barbecue menu that includes ribs, pulled pork, brisket and smoked wings. Thanks to Steve for the lead. www.ckpearl.com
John Fazio Farm Market & Barbeque (Modena NY) is a Hudson Valley market serving farm raised, hormone- and antibiotic-free meats and poultry. Offerings include smoked ribs, wings, brisket, pulled pork, duck, pastrami, rabbit and duck tacos, shrimp po' boys, hot dogs, chili and homemade soups. Thanks to Alan for the lead. www.johnfaziofarms.com
Newfound Hogwild BBQ (Bristol NH) is a northern New Hampshire eatery near the southern shores of Newfound Lake. "Pork, Beef, Chicken and Ice Cream" are the specialties, according to the roadside sign. Outside are offset smokers; inside is a roomy layout with musical entertainment. Thanks to Jeff for the lead. Facebook
Smokin' Blues Grill (Hollis ME) is a new discovery in an area of southern Maine not as far north as Portland but further inland. They do lunch three days a week and dinner five nights, with a seafood and barbecue tandem backing up what appears to be a beer and entertainment focus. Thanks to Joe (aka "Buford") for the lead. Facebook
The Cajun Lobster (Kittery Point ME) is a seafood joint with a Creole slant and a barbecue menu. Smoked fare includes the basic four of ribs, pulled pork, brisket and half chicken, each available as individual platters. Thanks to Bill for the lead. www.thecajunlobster.com
Stacks Pancakes and Smokehouse BBQ (Hoboken NJ) combines two food groups: pancakes and barbecue, deep in the heart of Sinatra country. The barbecue includes babyback ribs, pulled pork, brisket and chicken. Thanks to Robert for the lead. www.stacksofhoboken.com
Johnny Utah's (Norwalk CT) is an offshoot of the bar/restaurant of the same name in Manhattan, known for its mechanical bull. www.johnnyutahssono.com
Massachusetts BBQ: Brick & Tin Reviewed
The site's 337th barbecue review is for Brick & Tin Barbeque (Bridgewater MA), a converted donut shop serving barbecue takeout orders. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Brick & Tin Barbeque
Boston 'Burbs BBQ: First Look at Tony G's
I'll follow up with a full fledged review a visit or two further into their development, but for now here's a first look at Tony G's BBQ (Belmont MA).
See my First Look at Tony G's
Western Mass BBQ: Smoky Bro's Reviewed
The site's 336th barbecue review is for Smoky Bro's BBQ (Shelburne Falls MA), a roadside stand slinging barbecue on summer weekends. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Smoky Bro's BBQ
PigTrip is Nine Years Old Today
Today PigTrip turns nine. As intended, the content got sparser over the past year, with 20 new barbecue reviews and 10 new burger reviews, down from 28 and 14 the year before. The 10 additional barbecue review updates—much more difficult than a new barbecue review—were a nice increase from the previous year. Oh, and if you follow along on Facebook or Twitter, you saw a donut review last week. So, 41 reviews in 52 weeks? No shame there.
The tenth and final year of PigTrip starts now.
Boston 'Burbs BBQ: Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint Reviewed
The site's 335th barbecue review is for Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA), a newcomer with a musical theme. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint
Boston BBQ: SoulFire Re-reviewed
Here's a fresh look at SoulFire (Allston MA), a 9 year old Boston joint with a devoted following. The 80+ photos are a roller coaster ride of barbecue there from 2010 to the present. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review update for SoulFire
Boston BBQ: Larry J's BBQ Cafe Reviewed
The site's 334th barbecue review is for Larry J's BBQ Cafe (Boston MA), that rare Seaport eatery that's not a big time chain. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Larry J's BBQ Cafe
Connecticut Burgers: Mama's Boy Reviewed
The last installment of the Fourth of July burger trilogy is my burger review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge (South Norwalk CT), a restaurant with a Southern farmhouse pretense.
See my review of Mama's Boy Southern Table and Refuge
Joints Directory Madness
Here's the latest batch of barbecue Joints directory activity, spanning four states. This time there are 18 new joints (or new to the site) and 12 closings.
NEW JOINTS and/or NEW TO THE DIRECTORY
Blujeen (NYC) is a Harlem comfort food restaurant "inspired by the generations of home cooks, 'the ladies' who understood the importance of maintaining tradition while growing from your roots." Chef Lance Knowling's ambitious meny combines southern, soul and barbecue; according to a recent New York Daily News piece, there's a smoker behind the Kansas City ribs. Thanks to Chuck for the lead. www.blujeennyc.com
Pig Beach (Brooklyn NY) is an outdoor, weather-permitting, multi-cheffed Gowanus barbecue popup ajacent to a "pungent canal," according to one published piece. The unusual menu includes ribs, Wagyu beef pastrami, Yankee red hot links, pork shoulder, turkey breast and tri tip, with burgers and dogs for the less barbecue inclined. Thanks to Chuck, Robbie and "TF" for separate leads. www.pigbeachnyc.com
The Shop (Brooklyn NY) is a barbecue and entertainment complex in Bushwick that recently opened after a 2-year delay. The compact menu features ribs, beef shoulder, chicken drumsticks, two kinds of sausage and all-vegetarian sides. www.theshopbrooklyn.com
Terlingua (Portland ME) calls itself "a boutique BBQ restaurant combining house-smoked meats with Latin American fare." The interesting menu has two kinds of smoked meat chili, smoked beef tongue and cheek tacos, pork belly chicharrones, a cold smoked fish dip, several vegetarian options, a daily ceviche and daily barbecue specials. Thanks to Bill for alerting me to this several months back. Scroll down a few posts for my "First Look" review. www.terlingua.me
Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME) is a chain (I know, I know) serving Alabama style barbecue. As mentioned in my recent review, they serve some surprisingly good brisket. Thanks to Brian for the lead.Scroll down a few posts for my recent review.
Hog Wild Smokin' Cue (Westbrook CT) is a beachside joint with a Myron Mixon smoker. Thanks to "TF" for the lead. www.hogwildsmokingcue
Beachland Tavern (West Hartford CT) is a watering hole with smoked items such as wings, smoked-then-fried ribs, burnt ends and brisket. Thanks to Jeff, who recommends the wings and brisket highly, for the lead. www.beachlandtavern.com
Smoke Not Just BBQ (Manchester CT) is a new barbecue operation that's the third to go into the same space vacated by Rockhouse BBQ and Hilltop BBQ Downtown. While the first of the three leaned toward the down 'n' doity, this one seems more hoity toity. Burnt ends, smoked wings and candied bacon will all receive a try when I hit it soon. Thanks to Michelle for the lead. www.smokenotjustbbq.com
Local Burgy (Williamsburg MA) is an expansion of the popular Local Burger in a trailer setup that offers burgers and barbecue. Thanks to both Mark and Bill for separate leads. Facebook
2 Jerks BBQ (Raynham MA) is month-old joint serviong the standards plus house made sausage, house smoked candied bacon, fried chicken and a few different seafood dishes. Thanks to Mark and Brian for separate leads. Facebook
Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint (Medfield MA) is another month-old joint with a compact barbecue menu and live entertainment. Thanks to Emily for the lead. www.rockandrollribjoint.com
American Glory (Tannersville NY) is an expansion of the original in Hudson NY. www.americanglory.com
Smoky Rock BBQ (Rhinebeck NY) is a new Hudson Valley BBQ addition with an unusual menu featuring cured meats, smoked meats, many vegetarian items, pork rinds with BBQ sauce, pastrami, turkey, tongue, wet and dry ribs, beef burgers, lamb burgers and much more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead. www.smokyrockbbq.com
Grandpa Val's BBQ (Queens NY) is a catering outfit that'll be a regular vendor at the all new Smorgasburg Queens, which kicks off tomorrow. Facebook
Redneck Bistro (Lake Placid NY) is a no-bells-and-whistles joint in upstate NY featuring burgers, dogs, ribs, chicken, brisket and pulled pork. Thanks to Joe for the lead. Facebook
Smoke Signals (Lake Placid NY) is perhaps the most modern of that area's stable of barbecue joints. There's live musical entertainment and an ambitious menu that beyond the barbecue basics has burnt ends, tandoori salmon, a brisket Reuben and vegetarian dishes galore. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.smokesignalsq.com
Tail o' the Pup (Ray Brook NY) is a fleet of tent-covered outdoor picnic tables that's been around since the Yankees were at their greatest. No, not Jeter's Yankees; I'm talking about The Babe. Though the name stems from its hot dog roots, the menu includes wood smoked barbecue. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.tailofthepupbbq.com
Wyatt's BBQ (Lake Placid NY) is where "Tex meets Mex" and where barbecue (smoked pork, brisket and chicken; no ribs) make their way into burritos and such. Thanks again to Joe for the lead. www.wyattsburrito.com
Antonina's Kitchen (Orange MA) has closed. Thanks to Mark for the info.
Port Royal Grille (Islip NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.
Cody's BBQ (Riverhead NY) is another Long Island BBQ joint to bite the proverbial dust. Thanks again to Sledneck for the info.
Memphis Hustle (Coxsackie NY) has closed.
Route 22 Restaurant (Armonk NY) has closed.
Pig Out BBQ (Schenectady NY) has probably closed.
Minny Vinny's (Redding CT or Georgetown CT) no longer exists. It was the predecessor of Wire Mill BBQ that I announced over a year ago.
Q Smokin' Good Food (Springfield MA) has closed, as announced on its Facebook page.
Bobby Spur's BBQ (Wallingford CT) has closed.
Twins Barbecue (Wappingers Falls NY) has closed. That's two closed barbecue operations in the same space within a 2-year span.
Bubba Bean BBQ (Hudson NY) has closed. Thanks to Sledneck for the info.
Jenny's BBQ (Stanfordville NY) is no more. Thanks to "TF" for the lead.
Boston Burgers: Townsman Reviewed
One more burger review before switching back to barbecue, this one by chef Matt Jennings at the recently opened Townsman (Boston MA) on the Rose Kennedy Greenway near Chinatown.
See my review of Townsman
Boston Burgers: Blue Dragon Reviewed
Time for another burger review, this one an East-West creation by telegenic chef Ming Tsai at his Asian gastropub Blue Dragon in Fort Point Channel.
See my review of Blue Dragon
Maine BBQ: First Look at Terlingua
A full fledged review with a deeper look at the menu will follow, but for now here's a first look at Terlingua (Portland ME), a two-week old Latin-barbecue mashup where I tried four dishes. Here's my report.
See my First Look at Terlingua
Brooklyn BBQ: Northern Bell Reviewed
Back to back reviews? Believe it. The site's 333rd barbecue review is for Northern Bell (Brooklyn NY), a lesser known Williamsburg joint on the opposite side of the BQE from the more familiar ones. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Northern Bell
Maine BBQ: Moe's Original Reviewed
The site's 332nd barbecue review is for Moe's Original Bar-B-Que (South Portland ME), a Colorado-based chain serving Alabama style barbecue. I don't want to get into the habit of listing and reviewing chains, but this one has only two outposts in the Northeast (the other is Bangor), so consider this a rare exception. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Moe's Original Bar-B-Que
Maine BBQ: Elsmere BBQ Reviewed
The site's 331st barbecue review is for Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill (South Portland ME), a two year old joint with a neighborhood feel. Check out the review via the Reviews page, the link above or the red icons in the Joints directory.
See my review of Elsmere BBQ & Wood Grill
Boston BBQ: My Top 8 "Boston" BBQ Joints
A few weeks ago, Phantom Gourmet announced its annual Great 8 for barbecue; last week Eater Boston posted their list of the 8 Boston barbecue joints to try. So, even though I'm still working on an updated Boston rankings list in which I slot a few dozen joints into tiers, I'll halt that research to quickly submit an unranked Top 8 for comparison with those other lists.
Like my counterparts, I'm stretching the definition of "Boston" to include anything within an hour's drive of Boston proper.
See my Top 8 Barbecue Joints within an hour of Boston
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